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Take a musical trip back in time...

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Book now for a wonderful opportunity to experience what it was like to watch a movie during the silent film era, when music was played with the film live. On Saturday 29th May 2021 Sounds of Silent will accompany films from the silent era, featuring Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. Book now for this free event: https://clocktowercentre.com.au/sounds-of-silent/

Ancestry Library Edition remote access extended!

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Research your family history with Ancestry, you might discover something like this-  The exterior of 45 Finsbury st in Newmarket from the 1880s, with occupants- mother and child. Good news for all those who have been getting stuck into researching their family history from home- Ancestry Library Edition remote access has been extended! ProQuest, who we thank for providing remote Ancestry access to our library members, issued this statement last week- “Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until  September 30/2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated.” This means you can access all the records found in the library edition of Ancestry from home, just by logging in with your library card details. Visit our library catalogue here , and you’ll find Ancestry under the Research tab, in the Family History in the Library list of resources. When y

Aboriginal Family History - Online Workshop - 17 May 2021

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Cover image: Charmaine Keene Hamilton, ‘Possum skin family history’ (2019). Moonee Valley Libraries staff are very pleased that we can offer to you an upcoming collaborative session all about researching Aboriginal Family History. This online workshop will be happening on Monday May 17 th  2021, 9.30am-12.30pm. Join Jenny Bates from the Koorie Heritage Trust this Heritage Month for this introduction to researching Aboriginal family history. Tracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family histories poses a unique set of challenges. This workshop will provide an overview of these three organisations, resources, and how they can help: Koorie Heritage Trust - Koorie Family History Service; State Library of Victoria - Koorie Heritage Unit; Public Records Office of Victoria and National Archives of Australia - Koorie Records Unit. Other topics covered will include how to get started, tips on staying organised, overview of what useful records are available, researching names & places

Join us for Family History Online

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Interested in getting started with researching your Family History? Join us on Zoom for a Family History Online class. Discover free online tools such as Ancestry, Find My Past and Trove and learn basic skills and techniques to discover more about your family’s past. In this 2 hour class we'll discuss how to begin researching your family history, particularly using online research tools. The content is aimed at beginners, so covers how to get started, as well as some basic tips and tricks that are important to keep your research in order and on track. The main focus of the session will be on online research tools that you can use for family history research. In particular, we'll be focusing on Ancestry and Find My Past (two fantastic family history research databases that can be accessed for free by Moonee Valley Library members), as well as the Trove website - which is, as the name suggests, an amazing treasure trove of historical information. If time permits we'll also co

Things to do Thursday: Get reacquainted with the Microfilm and Microfiche collection at Sam Merrifiled Library

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The Essendon Gazette and Flemington Spectator- available on Microfilm Our Local History computer at Sam Merrifield Library has been in need of a facelift, and we are excited to report that it has been upgraded and is now available for all your local history research needs! And with this upgrade comes the good news that our Microfilm and Microfiche collection is back in action!!! There are many resources in this collection that aren’t available elsewhere physically or digitally, and they may hold the missing piece to your research puzzle. The collection includes locally relevant information including newspapers, cemetery records, births, deaths and marriages, land sale notices, and various other indexes. If you’ve never used a microfilm/fiche reader before, there’s no need to worry- there’s a handy step-by-step guide to using the machine in hard-copy next to the computer, and in a PDF file on the PC’s desktop. An example of an Ascot Vale Land Sale Notice on microfilm For some tips and t

What's your story? Get involved in the My Story project

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My Story is a project developed through the COVID-19 Community Art Exhibitions Recovery Arts Initiative. The Recovery Arts Initiative project My Story , focuses on creatively documenting the stories of Senior Community members and how they have been affected throughout the pandemic. Moonee Valley City Council is calling for 10 community members aged 65+ (and your care givers/support persons) who’d like to tell their story as part of the My Story Project. We want to hear YOUR stories and reflections of your time spent throughout the Lockdowns. The My Story project creates connections, heal and recover, offering opportunities of expression by utilising digital storytelling. What’s your story? To encourage further engagement with the wider Moonee Valley community, the My Story audio project will be complimented by a visual art poster project accompaniment. The Audio stories will be linked via QR code to a designed Poster. The poster project will be installed on A0 poster paste ups,

Things to do Thursday: Check out what's new in Trove!

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New year, new reading. The folks at Trove are always working hard to bring us ever more digital resources that we can access from anywhere with an internet connection. Despite the challenges of recent times, they have continued to deliver, as always! Check out what’s new in February . Man and two boys reading 'Australasian' newspaper, country edition , 1910-1920. Photograph by Lindsay Cumming, courtesy of State Library Victoria. Many Victorian newspapers have been digitised for the first time, and are now available to access through Trove. Several of these digitisation projects have been funded by family history organisations or local historical societies, who are now able to share their physical resources with us in digital form. One close to home example is the Brunswick and Coburg Leader , from 1914-1921- now you can discover what was going on in our neighbouring suburbs around that time! A quick search for some Moonee Valley suburbs in this publication delivers such ge