Family History

Next Meeting: Monday 16th July 2018 at 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM

Next advanced DNA Meeting: 25th July at 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

AGENDA for Monday 16th July at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Notice of Advanced DNA Meetings:

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 operates the LostCousins website:

He 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. 

  • Lost Cousins Newsletters – June – July 2018

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

Historic maps of Northern Ireland online: The Public Record Office for Northern Ireland now has online maps for the six counties

Medical records from the Great War: Last week Findmypast added 691,000 records to their collection of medical records from WW1, provided by the National Archives

Queensland BDM service upgraded:  Several improvements have been made to the online service provided by the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – when searching for historic events the search results now include the precise date. Instead of purchasing a digital certificate, researchers can get an image of the original registration form completed by the informant.

FamilySearch adds 135 million Scandinavian records: This week FamilySearch added more than 135 million new records from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Records kept by 18th century male midwife go online:  One of the smallest online record sets, and also one of the most unusual, has just gone online at Findmypast. It’s comprised of the records kept by one William Waylett who, most unusually, was a midwife.  The collection includes records of more than 2000 births in Lydd, Kent between 1757 and 1815

GRO confirm extension of PDF pilot: The GRO have once again extended the pilot, this time with no fixed end date

  • Despatch (Public Record Office)  – June – July 2018

June 2018 – Celebrating International  Archives Day

  • Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories: New exhibition at Old Treasury Building
  • New to our collection: Swinburne doctoral theses

July 2018 – Welcome to  our Open House

  • Wills and probates, family history, passenger records:  Explore our topic pages

–          Melbourne moves underground:  City Loop records

  • Findmypast – Fridays: June  – July 2018

Was your ancestor wounded in the line of duty?

Search Scottish deaths., Canadian Obituaries, Wiltshire parish records

Discover the final resting place of your English ancestors

Finding English baptisms, marriages and burials

  • FamilySearch News:  May  – July 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 4, 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 18, 2018

FamilySearch Adds 135M New Records for Denmark, Finland, Sweden

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of July 2, 2018 

  • Ancestry April Update
  • Family History Matters at Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV)

Preservation of books, photographs and paper-based items.

The letters and diary of Warrant Officer 1, William Scott Heywood, POW Thai Burma Railway and Japan 

Maryborough’s gold-rush newspapers to go online

Are you from up north? – Northern English Counties Discussion Circle

Genealogy Day 20 July – An introduction to family research with guidance from experienced volunteer researchers from The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. (GSV)

  • Gould Genealogy & History Website

John Thompson has advised of a reference on this website to the “State Records of South Australia” having partnered with FamilySearch to digitise and publish some of their most popular records relating to family history. These include passenger lists, school admission registers, hospital records, police records, social welfare and more.

  • Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findmypast Databases

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


  • FamilySearch – Finding Elusive Records

Recent experience of searching for records on FamilySearch has indicated that there is much more family history information available on the website than is readily available from a standard record search.  At the last meeting a video “What’s new in FamilySearch” was shown and included an example of searching for unindexed  information. i.e. Searching specific “Collections”.

Those of our members who have used FamilySearch believe that there will be a benefit to all in further presentations on how to find more data from FamilySearch. Family Search includes information from pre Civil Registration microfilmed records, many of which have not yet been digitised and indexed.

At this meeting we will commence with a presentation of a series of short videos extracted from the overall video “Family Search – Finding Elusive Records”.  Th subject matter of this initial presentation will show how to use unindexed records which are available as images taken from the original microfilms.

  • Finding Places in Victoria:

Ian Thomson will give a presentation on what sources are available to assist you to find information about individual locations in Victoria.  He will also show some examples from his own research which explain some of the steps that need to be considered.

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.

Updated: 9th July  2018