Feb 21, 2011

Newmarket Saleyards 150 year anniversary


To celebrate the Newmarket Saleyards anniversary Museum Victoria has curated an exhibition of stories, objects and stories. The Newmarket Collection has digitised images of books recording Outwards Livestock, a Branding Iron and a Ceramic Plate from the Newmarket Hotel, 1900-1958. The site has links to related stories about the Newmarket Saleyards. The Local History Room at the Sam Merrifield Library has a substantial collection of information on the Saleyards in the Vertical Files.

Feb 15, 2011

New Genealogy Database Trial


The Moonee Valley Library Service has a 90-day trial of "Find My Past" a well known genealogy site. It can only be used in the library and we have access to both the Australian and the UK versions.

You can access it at http://www.findmypast.com.au/ which give you the Australian edition. Contents include Sands & McDougall, NZ electoral rolls, government gazettes and much more.

The following is the link for the UK edition findmypast. The site includes census, migration and army records.

Comments and feedback welcome.

Feb 14, 2011

50 helpful genealogical websites


Several years ago Kory Meyerink wanted to know if his website ProGenealogists.com was reaching it target audience. He set out to find the most popular genealogy websites. His top websites for 2011 include Ancestory.com; MyHeritage.com; FindAGrave.com; FamilySearch.org; and Genealogy.com. For the full listing visit ProGenealogists

Feb 8, 2011

New records on Ancestry

Ancestry is pleased to announce the release of six important databases with historical significance to New Zealanders.

Summary of the new online collectons are as follows:

New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
Electoral rolls for New Zealand from 1853 to 1981 are contained in this collection. By law, all persons who were eligible to vote were required to register on the electoral roll, even if they did not intend to vote. The original collections of electoral rolls are held in the Parliamentary Library in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919
Information listed in the rolls includes: Names of voter, tribe, sub tribe or hapu, address, and gender.

Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874
The rolls were compiled during election years and include the names of individuals from each electoral district who were qualified to vote for the provincial superintendent and members of the provincial council.

New Zealand, Jury Lists, 1842-1862
In the mid 1800s every male British subject between the ages of 21 and 60 years old who resided in New Zealand was qualified to serve as a juror. Contained in the jury lists are names of jurors, residences, and trade or calling for the individual.

New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981
This is an index of persons who were naturalized or given citizenship in New Zealand between 1843 to 1981. Images of the records won't be displayed due to privacy restrictions.

New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
As recorded by the New Zealand Parliament, this index contains Maori claims made for land from 1858 to 1980. Information listed includes claimant (person, group, or tribe), year of claim, description of claim, and additional notes.

Ancestry is available free to any members of the Moonee Valley Library Service.

Feb 1, 2011

Who's been sleeping in my house?

A new ABC TV program on tracing the history of your house will commence in August 2011. This show will no doubt be as popular with family history buffs as the show "Who do you think you are"? ...this is the Next Big Thing! The show will be presented by Melbourne-based archaeologist and cultural heritage expert Adam Ford. This eight-part series will be supported by a website which will give viewers tips and tricks to trace the history of their own homes. The history of homes is one of the most popular questions that we receive at the Sam Merrifield library, people love to know if there is something special about their home. On a personal level I am looking forward to any new clues or tips on this topic.