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 www.sag.org.au   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 www.awm.gov.au  and is well worth using. Have a good search around and see what you find.

Bye for now,
Lilian

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