Family History

Next Meeting: Monday 21st August 2017

Please find set out below the Agenda for the next meeting of the Melb PC User Group - Mornington Peninsula Family History Group.  The meeting will be held in the meeting room at the rear of the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre.  The Centre is located at the Main Street/Elizabeth Street intersection with car parking access from Elizabeth Street.

  • The Presentation at this meeting will be initiated by Ian Thomson and will take the form of a display of photos, documents and discussion on “What did the homes of our ancestors look like ?  Ian Thomson will discuss how one person in his family tree has taken responsibility for obtaining photos of his family ancestral homes.  In addition to Ian’s presentation we are looking for input from any members who can bring along their photos, as computer images, of ancestral homes and discuss any interesting aspects.

The additional “Family History – Advanced DNA” meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the first meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th July 2017.  An Agenda for the meetings will be sent out to all those members who have ordered/purchased DNA tests.  Could other members please let me know if they would like to be added to this Agenda distribution list.
The first item on our main Family History Group meeting Agendas has been “DNA Discussion”.  This item will still be included monthly at the usual date and time for our existing Family History Group meetings.  Adequate time will now be available for members interested in starting on DNA testing to ask questions in detail e.g. to ask what DNA tests are available and how to start on DNA testing. 
Guests of members and visitors are welcome to attend for up to 3 Peninsula meetings before being required to become financial members of the Melb PC User Group.

Colin A Ackehurst, Convener – MelbPC Club – Peninsula Family History Group

This was the AGENDA 17th July 2017, 1.30 pm to 4:30 pm

DNA Discussion: 

Members are invited to ask questions on any aspect of the use and possible advantages of DNA testing to assist in family history research.  In addition advice of relevant written references and websites will be made available to members.  This will allow them to investigate in more detail the suitability of DNA tests to confirm “paper” family trees and to assist in discovering additional family members.

It is suggested that members could obtain a good understanding of DNA testing by reading the following article at  This article was written by Peter Calver who operates the Lost Cousins website referred to in the item “Family History Websites”.

Q & A Session:

Input from members on any problems or items of interest from a member’s research.  All members are invited to participate in sharing their “Eureka Moments”. 

Family History Websites: 

Peter Calver who operates the LostCousins website at  circulates a monthly Newsletter which often contains new or updated family history information.  You are encouraged to join LostCousins which includes the Newsletters. Basic membership is FREE. 

If any members have knowledge of a "new" or interesting website the Family History Group would appreciate comments on their experience in using the website.  Any suggested websites will be demonstrated "live" on the internet at the meeting.  

  • Roots Magic Upgrade:  

At our last meeting Denis O’Riordan discussed favourably his use of this family history program.  I have passed on to you his later advice on an update listed at  This website discusses the release of RootsMagic 7.5, a free update to RootsMagic 7 that adds two new features: TreeShare™ for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic's WebHints™ feature.  If anyone has followed this up it would be helpful to get their views on the program.

  • Ancestry July Newsletter: 

Meet the descendants of the Founding Fathers,

“School of DNA;

“The hidden stories in found photos”:

“Citizenship & Naturalisation”:

“Homestead Records 1861-1936” and

“ U.S Federal Census Collection”

  • Findmypast Fridays:

“Dublin City Ordnance Survey Map 1847”:

“Ireland Maps and Surveys 1558-1610”:

“Wiltshire Wills and Probate Index 1530-1881”:

“London Marriage Licences 1521-1869”

  • FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm:

FamilySearch has announced its plans to discontinue its 80-year-old microfilm distribution service.  See The transition is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017

  • Ancestry & FamilySearch Updates from Ancestry, FamilySearch & Findmypast

These websites list many new and updated databases (collections) from month to month and they will be accessed at the meeting and the new and recently updated databases/collections will be reviewed.  These websites and others frequently add new data for searching and should be regularly reviewed by researchers.


  • What did the homes of our ancestors look like ?”

Ian Thomson will initiate the presentation and discuss how one person in his family tree has taken photos of family ancestral homes.  The homes chosen were based on information from family trees and the photos show the range of styles and building conditions.  We are looking for input from any members who can bring along their photos, as computer images, of ancestral homes and discuss relevant aspects where applicable

Agenda Items for Future Meetings:

    • Workshop on researching Family History Records worldwide prior to Civil Registration e.g. Church Records etc.
    • An updated Presentation on Immigration, Migration Records etc.
    • Guided tours of the Public Records Office and/or the State Library Genealogical Centre

 Updated: 18th  July 2017