Learn­ing ways to re­search fam­ily his­tory

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By PAM ZIERk-MAHONEY

MORE than 30 fam­ily his­to­ri­ans turned up at the Mans­field Li­brary last Thurs­day to hear fam­ily his­tory li­brar­ian Anne Bur­rows talk on her re­search and what the State Li­brary Vic­to­ria of­fers.

Ms Bur­rows started by telling a lit­tle about her fam­ily his­tory which started in South Aus­tralia and prob­a­bly sparked her in­ter­est in fam­ily his­tory.

She said her fam­ily held the li­cencse and ran a ho­tel in North Ade­laide for more than 80 years.

On the Vic­to­rian side she spoke about how to go about start­ing your fam­ily his­tory re­search list­ing 12 points to fol­low.

“You must have an aim – why are you do­ing this and who do you want to re­search?” she said.

Ms Bur­rows talked about var­i­ous sources for in­for­ma­tion, fol­low­ing a fam­ily in time frames, us­ing method­ol­ogy to record those his­to­ries and keep­ing sep­a­rate files for each mem­ber or branch of the fam­ily.

“State Li­brary Vic­to­ria holds an ex­ten­sive range of re­sources for ge­neal­ogy and fam­ily his­tory re­search,” she said.

Sup­port­ing her talk with a power point pre­sen­ta­tion Ms Bur­rows had some in­ter­est­ing facts about Mans­field – the first land sales in 1854, a com­po­si­tion of very early Mans­field post­cards de­pict­ing some of the early land­marks, a fa­mil­iar photo to many of the one of the early foot­ball teams – taken out­side the orig­i­nal shire of­fice build­ing.

She en­cour­aged all to sign up for mem­ber­ship to the li­brary which is free and then en­ti­tles you to go on-line to ‘dis­cov­ery’ and the UK ar­chives.

“You can ap­ply for your free mem­ber­ship on line and a card will be sent to you,” she said.

Ms Bur­rows also in­vited any­one in­ter­ested to at­tend the an­nual Fam­ily Feast Day on Au­gust 23.

Mans­field Fam­ily His­tory Group pres­i­dent, Sheena Daykin thanked Ms Bur­rows for her time and in­for­ma­tive talk.

The lo­cal fam­ily his­tory group will hold a work­shop in Au­gust invit­ing any­one in­ter­ested from across the North East to at­tend.

This will be in con­junc­tion with Archival Ac­cess Vic­to­ria.

The group’s next meet­ing is to be held again at the Mans­field Li­brary on April 27 start­ing at 3.30pm when guest speaker will be Derek Reed who has taken over the Vic­to­rian State Min­ing Records depart­ment.

IN THE PIC­TURE: Ann Bur­rows (left) and Sheena Daykin of Mans­field Fam­ily His­tory Group stand in front of a screen de­pic­tion of an early Mans­field Foot­ball Club team - be­lieved to be around 1910 and pos­si­bly a pre­mier­ship side.

Af­ter al­most five years, lo­cal cat­tle­man Char­lie Lovick has re­signed from his post as pres­i­dent of the Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria. Char­lie has handed the reins to fel­low lo­cal and well-known Mans­field iden­tity, Graeme Stoney. Graeme is a

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