Family History

Next Meeting: Monday 19th March 2018 at 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM

Next advanced DNA Meeting: 28th March 2 PM to 4 PM

We meet at the Mornington Information Center, Mornington, Crn. Main Street Elizabeth Street.

Suggestions from members for Agenda items suitable for our Group will be welcomed.  We want to ensure that our meetings are interesting and valuable in assisting members family research efforts.

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

Panel: John Loveland, Garry Wood & Colin A Ackehurst

 AGENDA for 19th March 2018, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm,

Our Guest speakers are Miriam and Paul Rimmer, FamilySearch Missionaries from Family Support and FamilySearch, who will demonstrate how to interpret and use the FamilySearch Hints available in Family Tree Maker 2017.

DNA Discussion: 

Those members who have recently decided to take DNA tests and who wish to get assistance in analysing test results and in discussions on the use of DNA are invited to attend the meetings of the “Family History –  Advanced DNA” Sub Group.  These meeting are held on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month (except for December).  Contact Colin A Ackehurst to be placed on the mailing list for these meetings..

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 including websites of interest.  You are encouraged to join LostCousins which includes the Newsletters. Basic membership is FREE. 

These newsletters can be accessed at the following locations .  Specific websites will be accessed at the meeting to provide more detailed information.

Lost Cousins Newsletters – February/ Early March 2018

Buckinghamshire gets coloured tithe maps: The Genealogist has added full colour tithe maps for Buckinghamshire; tithe maps for most other English counties are also available (though not London), but the only other counties with colour maps at this point are Middlesex, Surrey, Northumberland, and Westmorland (plus the city of York).

How to research your Irish ancestors:

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has posted several video tutorials to help researchers with Irish ancestry. Only members are now able to view the videos.

Ancient Britons ‘replaced’ by newcomers: Britain has been invaded many times, but the evidence is that the invaders merged with the existing population rather than displacing it – except when the so-called ‘Beaker’ people arrived 4500 years ago.

 Marjorie – Too Afraid to Cry: In 1986, Margaret Humphreys, a social worker in Nottingham, received a letter from a woman who claimed that at the age of 4 she had been shipped to a Children’s Home in Australia, and now wanted help to find her parents or relatives in Britain.

Ireland birth& marriages indexes enhanced at Findmypast: Findmypast have considerably enhanced their indexes to the birth and marriage records at the free site – for example, you can now search births using the names of both parents, and even the father’s occupation.

New York Catholic records go online: Findmypast have launched indexes to 8 million sacramental records for the Archdiocese of New York, the second largest in the US. Digitised images of original documents will be added later this year.

 Despatch (Public Record Office) – March 2018

Digitising Melbourne Harbour Trust Photographs

Asylum records – from conscription to mid-century modern

  • Findmypast – Fridays: February 2018  – March 2018

Trace your roots back to Yorkshire, Norfolk, Nottingham, Scotland or Connecticut

London marriages, Derbyshire parish registers, and more

The Catholic Heritage Archive continues to grow

  • FamilySearch News: January – February 2018

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of February 12, 2018

Behind the Scenes at RootsTech

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for March 2018 

What’s New at FamilySearch

  • Ancestry update

March update

Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findmypast Databases

Information from these organisations showing their most recent databases will be demonstrated.


  • How to use FamilySearch Hints in Family Tree Maker 2017.

Miriam and Paul Rimmer, Family Search Missionaries from “Support Family Tree and FamilySearch” have agreed to demonstrate to our members how to use these Hints. The demonstration will be online and using Family Tree Maker 2017.

We have used Hints for many years now in in the different versions of Family Tree Maker.  Interpretation of these Hints has been useful in adding/confirming persons included in our Family Trees.

Since Family Tree Maker 2017 has been released, Family Search Hints  have been added to help us with our trees.  Most of the users of Family Tree Maker 2017 have not made full use of these Hints as our members do not fully understand when and how information from these Hints can be best utilised.

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: 13th March  2018