Wednesday, 22 October 2014

An Interesting Webinar

What is a Webinar I hear you ask? A webinar is a series of talks run by The Society of Australian Genealogists, for members only. Not a member? What not join and reap the benefits. You can find all the information about membership at   but back to last nights webinar.

It was about the Australian War Memorial's collection and how you can access it online and how they are combining all their data sets into one. This is so that when you type in a name, ALL the information they have on that person will come up. No more searching through the different data sets one at a time. So far they have ANZCA Connections running because of the centenary of
World War 1.

Robyn Van Dyk, the head of the Research Centre was the speaker and gave a very interesting tour of the site. Robyn also mentioned that they have two new data sets just added to the list.

AWM266 Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement and Service Records now online.  "The records in this series relate to men and boys – mainly residents of Australia and New Zealand – who served in the Australian Squadron of the Royal Navy under the terms of the Naval Agreement Act of 1903. Similar to attestation papers of soldiers in the First World War, they contain information on each individual engaged in the ANF between 1903 and 1911."

AWM190 Researching Australian military service: First World War, 1914-1918   This is useful as it cover those that served in New Guinea at the start of World War 1, in 1914, before Gallipoli.

The AWM website is  and is well worth using. Have a good search around and see what you find.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New Patron

A letter arrived today from Clr Linda Downey, thanking us for our congratulations on becoming Mayor and inviting her to be our patron.  She is very happy to accept our invitation. Pleased that we have continued patronage.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Christmas Party Please Reply

Our Christmas Party is on Friday 5th December 2014 at Panania Diggers. We need to know numbers to work out our costs and thus be able to tell you how much it will be. Partners are invited as well and the cost will be per person.  We would like to know if you can come by TUESDAY 28th OCTOBER and the details will be given out at the November meeting.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

October Meeting

We had a good meeting last night with some wonderful 'Show 'n' Tell'. Kay had a hand made silk postcard, sent from France in WW 1. It is beautiful and the writing on it is still very clear to read. She also had a Canadian pay book. That was interesting to see the pay rates.

Elaine had a beautiful fob watch with an uncut wax seal attached. She also showed us a medal that was one by her great-grandfather for pigeon racing!

Kerin, from the Canterbury and District Historical Society, was our guest speaker and gave a very informative talk on Enrolled Pensioner Guards in Western Australia. I know that I learnt something from the talk and I think others did too. Kerin has two Enrolled Pensioner Guards on her family tree.

Our meetings often become an open discussion with questions being asked and answered, if possible. Last night we discussed where to find different types of records, before and after Federation. Also why someone might have both changed their surname and become naturalised in the early 1900's.

Next month Craig is going to give a talk on an aspect of World War One. Very timely with Remembrance Day on the 11th  and the Centenary of World War One ongoing.

Hope to see you there.
Bye for now,

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Have a great weekend.

A long weekend, what better way to spend it than researching family!

Here is the link to show what databases are free to look at this weekend (in the card catalogue) -

Have a great weekend,