Mar 9, 2018

Old News

Have you ever wanted to track down a local news article that you saw a while back, but forgot to cut and keep?

This, of course, is one of those little jobs where we at the library might be able to help. We have several resources to try if you're after old news articles from the 20th or late 19th century (from indexes of articles to microfilmed reels of old papers), but this post will focus on how you might go about searching for more recent articles, ones from this millennium.

Here are some of the special resources we offer: Newsbank Here you can search a browse local papers (as well as many others) including: -The Moonee Valley Weekly (2007-2013) -The Weekly Review (Moonee Valley) (2016-2018) -The Leader, Moonee Valley (2000-2017)

ANZ Reference Centre:
This makes these papers (amongst others) searchable: -The Moonee Valley Weekly (Nov 2010-May 2013) -The Leader, Moonee Valley (May 2009- Mar 2018)

To access Newsbank and ANZ Ref Centre, go to our Online Resources page, click on Newspapers and Magazines, and then click on the relevant button. If you're outside of the library, you'll also need to log in with your Moonee Valley library barcode number from your library card.

We also have some of the local papers since 2000 microfilmed and available at Sam Merrifield Library for use with the local history PC. However, as Newsbank and ANZ Ref Centre allow you to search and browse much more easily, I'd try them first.

Index to Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages

The Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes online have been extended. This means that there are now an extra 8 years of marriage entries (up to 1950) available, as well as one more year of birth details (1853 to 1917).

Jan 16, 2018

Church of Ireland Gazette - 1856-1923 online

The Church of Ireland have made historical editions their Church of Ireland Gazette available, and searchable, online. There are nearly 7o years of gazettes available, from March 1856 to December 1923.

These Gazettes provide birth, death and marriage notices for clergy; ads; news; and a variety of regular columns, from which you can learn a lot about parishes, attitudes, and (should your family include Irish ancestors) perhaps a little about your family history.

Jan 5, 2018

Changes to Family Search

For family historians Family Search can be a very useful site, particularly for double-checking information.

Family Search have recently made changes that mean that an account is now needed to use the site. Use of the site is still free, but you will need to register for a free account for use.

Before mid December 2017 no account was needed.

If you'd like to learn more about these changes, see the Family Search blog post on this topic.

Dec 7, 2017

Sands and McDougall directories online

The State Library of Victoria have digitized a series of Sands & McDougall directories.  This is wonderful news for people researching the history of their family or their home.  One in every five directories, dating from 1860 to 1974, are available online.  

The directories have three main sections - an alphabetical listing of surnames; a house by house, street by street listing within each suburb, and a trades and professions alphabetical listing. There are other smaller lists which include government departments, societies, churches and municipalities.

The directories are useful researching the history of a house, and the street listings can be used in conjunction with the rate books.

You can access the directories at