Learning ways to research family history
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.