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 http://bit.ly/2k4uktr


Nov 3, 2017

Meet the author: Michael Smith

Adventurer and author, Michael Smith, retraced 1930s Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am flying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York. Voyage of the Southern Sun describes this remarkable global odyssey.


Free bookings necessary.
Sam Merrifield Library
Monday 13 November
7-8pm

Presented by Collins Booksellers Moonee Ponds in proud partnership with Moonee Valley Libraries.

Book now.

Oct 30, 2017

Family History Group summer break dates


Moonee Valley Libraries' Family History Group will hold their last meeting for 2017 on Tuesday 5th December, 1-3pm, at Sam Merrifield Library.

FHG Meetings for 2018 will recommence on Tuesday 6th February, at the same time and place.

All our family history resources, like the Digger indexes, Find my Past, Ancestry, various microfiches and films and much, much more, remain accessible as usual. Feel free to continue to visit us at the usual time (or any other time we're open) if you wish.

The Family History Group is open to new members, with any level of experience. Just drop in on a Tuesday at Sam Merrifield between 1-3pm, or speak to staff about having your name added to the mailing list.