Family History

Next Family History Meeting:

Monday 16th March 2020 at 1.30 PM

Next DNA Meeting:

Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 2.00 PM

both meetings have been cancelled due to covid-19 virus concerns

 

We meet at 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.
We want to ensure that our meetings are interesting and valuable in assisting members in their 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.

A presentation is included in the Agenda for this meeting:

“Changes/Updates in using FamilySearch.org” by Colin Ackehurst“

Colin will demonstrate recent changes to improve access to unindexed images not yet available in record searching and other items of interest.

You Tube Videos:

The number of You Tube Videos now available is such that it is impractical for your Committee to list and evaluate all those dealing with Family History related items.  We request your assistance in keeping us informed of any videos that you think could be of value for our Family History meetings.

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, Convenor – Family History Group.

 AGENDA, 16th March 2020 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The Coronavirus situation is changing rapidly day by day. 

Bearing in mind concerns about community transmissions of infection becoming more prevalent your Committee has decided to cancel tomorrow’s Family History Meeting.   The numbers likely to attend will be substantially reduced from the normal attendance as apologies have already been received from 5 members. It is probable that by Monday more members would decide not to attend based on the current government health recommendations for control of community infection.  In particular concern for vulnerable persons including those of mature age and those with pre existing health conditions.

Your Committee will review the situation for future meeting dates and advise you as required.

Apologies for this late notice but bearing in mind the need to safeguard the health of our members your Committee believes that cancellation is in your best interest..

Q & A Session:

Input from members on any problems or items of interest from a member’s research.  All members are also invited to participate in sharing their “Eureka Moments”.   Please comment on what you have found useful in items considered at our last meeting and what would you like to have included in our future meetings.

Family History Blogs:

Please note we need feedback from members of new blogs that they have found interesting/useful.  You can email details of blog sites to me prior the meeting……

New/Updated Blog website(s) are listed below and will be listed again at the next meeting.

  • FamilySearch Blog – Updated (submitted by Colin Ackehurst)

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/

The websites of the following Blogs were first listed at the last meeting and will not be listed again at future meetings. 

  • Gould Newsletter/Blog (submitted by Colin Ackehurst)

https://www.gouldgenealogy.com/

Useful Family History Websites:

Members are invited to submit websites they have noted or used in their research and which could be of use to other members.

New or revised useful websites are listed below and will be listed again at the next meeting.

  • A Home for Cornwall’s Archives/Collections (submitted by Garry Wood)

https://kresenkernow.org/

  • London Lives 1690 to 1800 – Crime, Poverty and Social Policy (submitted by John Loveland)

https://www.londonlives.org/

  • RootsTech Salt Lake 2020 Schedule (submitted by John Loveland)

https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake-schedule

  • Society of Genealogists and Family Search Digitizing Partnership (submitted by Garry Wood)

http://www.sog.org.uk/news/article/society-of-genealogists-and-familysearch-announce-partnership-to-digitize-f

  • Church of England Burial Grounds Management Project (submitted by Garry Wood)

https://www.atlanticgeomatics.co.uk/burial-ground-management-system

 Lost Cousins Newsletters (Current Issues Only – not previously listed)

Peter Calver operates the LostCousins website.  He circulates a regular Newsletter which 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 at  https://www.lostcousins.com/

These newsletters can be accessed at the following webpage(s).  For your information those items that may be of the most interest are shown below.

https://lostcousins.com/newsletters2/mar20news.htm

Victoria BDMs reduced for March – Uncertified images of birth, death, and marriage register entries for the Australia state of Victoria are discounted for the month of March, from $24.50 to $20. …

Discovering family Bibles – at eBay!

The following website was first listed at the last meeting and will not be listed again at future meetings.

  • A Home for Cornwall’s Archives/Collections (submitted by Garry Wood)

https://kresenkernow.org/

Presentation:

  •  “Changes/Updates in using FamilySearch.org” by Colin Ackehurst“

Colin will demonstrate recent changes to improve access to unindexed images not yet available in record searching and other items of interest.

Future Meetings & Events:

Next Meeting – A demonstration of the various features of the program “Family Tree Analyzer” will be presented showing how to find errors and omissions in your family tree.  The program has been demonstrated before and needs only a Gedcom file of your family tree to be able to check out your tree. The program is relevant for all types of Family Tree programs

Coming Events – “Family History Down Under (FHDU)” is to be held 22-26 March 2021 in one of Australia’s most exciting holiday destinations. The Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel, Twin Waters, Queensland, is the conference venue. The main conference will be over four days – Tuesday-Friday 23-26 March 2021. There will be three main tracks – DNA, British Isles and General/Methodology, plus a fourth track for sponsors and others. Other optional sessions will be offered, including workshops. There will also be a supporting exhibition.  A pre-conference day on Monday 22 March 2021 is planned, including, amongst other things, tours to places of interest in the region.

Updated: 19th March 2020