Our volunteers and contributors are amazing!

To say we are blessed with our wonderful volunteers and contributors would be an understatement – they really are amazing and such an asset to anyone researching in the Geelong & District region.

Our latest major addition to the Geelong & District Database comes courtesy of Fred Walter and Heather Cox.  Way back in 1990 they compiled and published the Index to the Admission Books of the Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum.  They then provided this index free on their web site of the same name.

Now they have taken this a step further by giving us permission to include what we call a limited index of their web site in the Geelong & District Database.  We call it “limited” because we have omitted the Admission number from our index.  This number is the key to follow up further details and means you need to use their web site to obtain that key as well as read the explanation of the source of the index, how to use it and how to proceed further.  The entries in the Geelong & District Database include the name, year and TAB on their website under which you’ll find the entry.

This isn’t the only addition to the Geelong & District Database since I posted the last lot of updates but it’s certainly one of the most signicant ones and a perfect example of the contributors to everyone who is researching in our region.

Another highlight in the latest additions – a great selection of Court Records for Steiglitz.  This is just the start – there are more entries to come for people with ancestors at Steiglitz.

This is the list of additions since 4 March making a total of 1,256,871 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: Admission Books of the Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum – 12,594 entries
  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – St Mary’s RC church, Geelong 1873-1881 – Baptisms [inc. Fathers, Mothers & Sponsors] – 10,635 entries
  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – Wesleyan circuit, Geelong 1868 – Baptisms [inc. Fathers & Mothers] – 510 entries
  • Colac Shire: Rate Books 1869-70, 1880-81, 1905-06 [GRS 1393] – 6,894 entries
  • Steiglitz Courts: Petty Sessions Registers 1899, License Register 1862-64, Charge Book 1868-79 [VPRS 351] – 2,634 entries
  • Book – Beacons of Hope: an early history of Cape Otway and King Island lighthouses – 546 entries
  • Geelong District: names from the Geelong Advertiser [groups, prizes etc.] – 615 entries
  • Geelong District: names from the Geelong Times [groups, prizes etc.] – 1,182 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Red faced again!

We now have 1,223,897 records in the Geelong & District Database

Why the red face?  Because I set a target of 1,250,000 entries by the end of 2012.  That’s only a little over 26,000 entries for the rest of the year – we MUST be able to achieve that and more.

Mind you, the entries added in this group have a BIG lump factor from existing records – we’ve included mothers from the Geelong & District Historical Association Church records for baptisms as well as marriages.  The mothers listed in the baptisms in particular are a large number of entries as they’ve been created for mothers with their maiden name as well as mothers with their married names.  We decided that would be beneficial where researchers knew the mothers first names but not their maiden name – conversely the benefit of showing mother’s with their maiden names would obviously also benefit researchers.  Before people complain that we don’t show the child’s name in the same entry as the mother, please understand that we are not able to do that based on agreements made when we created the GDHA Church records database.  In the end the decision was made to include separate entries for the parents rather than not to include them at all.

The other good news on the GDHA Church records database – a lot of work is being done on adding another 15+ years of baptisms for St Mary’s Roman Catholic church in Geelong – something many will look forward to.  This is an ongoing project with many more entries to come.

This is what’s been added since the last update on 12 February:

  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – Baptisms [Mothers] – 101,124 entries
  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – Marriages [Mothers] – 17,982 entries
  • Colac Shire: Rate Books 1863-64, 1865-66, 1867-68, 1868-69, 1870-71, 1885-86, 1896-97 [GRS 1393] – 9,857 entries
  • Mt Moriac: Court of Petty Sessions – 1876, 1877 [VPRS 335] – 162 entries
  • Geelong District: extracts from Crown Reserves Correspondence files [VPRS 242] – 150 entries
  • Geelong District: Schools – pupils, prize winners etc from the Geelong Times 1874-1898 – 380 entries
  • Gerangamete, Barwon Downs & Forrest: Names on parish plans [VPRS 16171] – 83 entries
  • Geelong: Register of Seamen Engaged – 1856-1889 [VPRS 22] – 92 entries for 1857
  • Geelong District: Reports of Felony and Stolen Horses – 1853 and 1858 [VPRS 124] – 103 entries
  • Geelong District: Geelong Times – Admissions to Geelong Hospital – 1875 – 144 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

Don’t forget to check out your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database.

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