Latest additions to database

Pioneering Days: a woman's lifeThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database and web site include the first part of the index to a new book – Pioneering Days: a woman’s life compiled by the Colac & District Family History Group.  The group has spent almost 10 years compiling the data and it definitely warrants a full index.  Apart from the terrific content, so many of the entries include funeral details from local newspapers which has resulted in a huge number of people mentioned throughout the book.  It would be impossible to include all of these in the printed index, therefore it warranted a full computerised index.

Only 71 pages have been indexed so far but that has resulted in almost 2,000 entries.  Multiple entries for people will let you check the book for the date of the funeral(s) and therefore act as a local directory for these people.  The book can be purchased from the Colac & District Family History Group.

We also have more additions to the Geelong & District Midwives collection from the Victoria Government Gazette – it still amazes me how popular this series is!

We now have 1,400,503 records in the Geelong and District database.

This is what’s been added since the last major update on 7 May:

  • Pioneering Days: a woman’s life – Book – 1,990 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1933-34, 1936-39 – 487 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!

Latest additions to database

Augustus BOSTOCKThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database and web site include a very special file donated by Thelma Birrell.  It is from the diaries of Augusta BOSTOCK [1833-1920].  The diaries have not yet been indexed in the Geelong and District database but are fully text searchable as a .pdf file.

We now have 1,398,026 records in the Geelong and District database.

This is what’s been added since the last major update on 27 January:

  • Geelong District: Names mentioned in the Geelong Advertiser 1865 – 40 entries
  • Colac District: Names mentioned in the Colac Herald 1887 & 1901 – 76 entries
  • Birregurra District: Names mentioned – various sources 1867 & 1897 – 88 entries
  • Geelong District: Entries from the Investigator journal – 78,182 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1918-19, 1921, 1923, 1926-30, 1932 – 588 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 24 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!

Latest additions to database

Geelong City Band Honor BandThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database are a real mixture.  Of particular interest are two indexes from the late Brian Fallon – WWI volunteers and soldiers’ awards in our region.  There are a multitude of on-line databases for researching our WWI ancestors, however these indexes produced by Brian over many years are well worth including in our local database.

This is the list of additions since 30 December making a total of 1,319,039 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: Honor Boards [additions] – 197 entries
  • Geelong District: WWI Volunteers [Brian Fallon Index] – 2,436 entries
  • Geelong District: WWI Soldiers’ Awards [Brian Fallon Index] – 241 entries
  • Geelong District: Police Court Reports from the Geelong Advertiser 1850-1856 – 1,881 entries
  • Geelong District: Geelong Court of Insolvency c.1854-1933 [VPRS 815], miscellaneous files – 322 entries
  • Geelong District: Crown Land – Petition for Wetern Baths jetty and bath houses [VPRS 242] – 155 entries
  • South Barwon: Court of Petty Sessions Registers 1867 [VPRS 350] – 136 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!

ALL Victorian school names AND numbers

Just after Christmas we added a major index to the Geelong & District Database.

In the database, you can search for any Victorian school [pre 1975] by number OR [part] name.  And of course if they are schools in the Geelong district you may find more than just the new entries from Vision and Realisation.

You also have a second option – rather than searching our database, you can download PDF files by name or number from the Genealogical Society of Victoria blog site.  These lists now cover Volume 2 and Volume 3 – the complete list from Vision and Realisation.

The lists include the school name, school number, region, volume number and page number in Vision and Realisation.

Enjoy!

Midwives and their registration

ALBERD familyPeople seem to be fascinated with midwives – 3,882 hits on the Geelong and District Midwives information page is certainly proof of this.  That is more than double that of the next most accessed page – see the stats on the Potpourri Indexes page.

With that in mind, we’ve specifically targetted midwives adding almost 500 entries from the Registration of Midwives lists from the Victorian Government Gazette.  And of course the major benefit of these is that additional information such as address can be viewed free online – a link has been provided to the VGG on the State Library of Victoria web site.  Each record from this source includes the date and issue number of the gazette to ensure you can find it easily.  Some entries came under the category of married or change of name giving both the married and maiden names of the midwife – a great resource!

This is the list of additions since 25 December making a total of 1,313,653 entries in the database:

  • South Barwon: Court of Petty Sessions Registers 1865-1869 except 1867 [VPRS 350] – 672 entries
  • Mt Moriac: Court of Petty Session Registers 1878-1886 [VPRS 335] – 610 entries
  • Geelong District: Geelong Times – Admissions to Geelong Hospital 1878-1879 – 312 entries
  • Colac: Court of Petty Sessions Registers 1860-1861 [VPRS 301] – 204 entries
  • Geelong District: names from the Geelong Times 1874-1899 – 906 entries
  • Drysdale: Police Occurrences Book 1859-1863 [VPRS 1488] – 45 entries
  • Geelong District: midwives [Birth certificates and Victorian Government Gazette registrations] – 490 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!

Victorian school names and numbers

Moolap School c1911A major index that’s been added to the Geelong & District Database covers a little more than our region – in fact it covers all of Victoria.  You can search for any Victorian school [pre 1975] by number or [part] name.  And of course if they are schools in the Geelong district you may find more than just the new entries from Vision and Realisation.  You also have a second option – rather than searching our database, you can download PDF files by name or number from the Genealogical Society of Victoria blog site.  At this stage these lists only cover Volume 2, however in 2013 these will be merged with the entries from Volume 3.

This is the list of additions since 3 November making a total of 1,310,415 entries in the database:

  • School Numbers and School Names from Vision and Realisation vols 2 & 3 [Books] – 6,871 entries
  • South Geelong Primary School No. 2143: centenary 1879-1979 [Book] – 459 entries
  • Souvenir of the centenary celebration of the Presbytery of Geelong, 1959 [Book] – 685 entries
  • St Paul’s Church Geelong: historical survey 1854-1979 [Book] – 352 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!

Victorian marriages – found at St Mary’s RC, Geelong

A small but interesting group of marriages have been located amongst St Mary’s Roman Catholic church records and feature in the Geelong & District Database.  Places mentioned include Branxholme, Footscray, Little River, Teesdale, Benalla, Mansfield, Geelong and Anakie to mention a few – certainly a strange collection!

This is the list of additions since 19 August making a total of 1,302,047 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – St Mary’s RC 1856-1881 [a selection of marriages from various parts of Victoria found amongst St Mary's, Geelong records] – Marriages [inc. Fathers, Mothers & Witnesses] – 124 entries
  • Geelong Racing: the history of horse racing in Geelong [Book] – 7903 entries
  • Colac Shire: Rate Books 1920-21 [GRS 1393] – 3,612 entries
  • South Barwon Courts: Petty Sessions Registers 1864 [VPRS 350] – 213 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!

Geelong – more St Mary’s RC baptisms

Baptisms from St Mary’s Roman Catholic church in Geelong again feature in the Geelong & District Database?

This is the list of additions since 5 August making a total of 1,290,555 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: GDHA Church records – St Mary’s RC Jan-Nov 1874 – Baptisms [inc. Fathers, Mothers & Sponsors] – 1,796 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 35 entries
  • Geelong District: Pioneers – 6,601 entries
  • Geelong District: Bellbrae Cemetery burials 1871-1984 – 125 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the GDHA Church Records page.

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!

Sparrovale or Sparrowvale Farm?

I can’t believe that it’s more than two years since I was asked a simple question – is it Sparrovale or Sparrowvale Farm?  The sign on the gate is Sparrovale – the sign on the road is Sparrowvale.  It would have been simple to accept the spelling on the entrance gate but then I would have missed the amazing detail found over more than two years of research.

Sparrovale Irrigation Farm began in 1906 at Marshall near Geelong – relatively modern history – but such an important part of our local history.

I hope you enjoy the journey of discovery that definitely proved that the correct spelling is Sparrovale Farm, despite it being named after Edward Rogers “Ned” SPARROW.

Geelong District – databases and rainbows

So what do rainbows have to do with the Geelong & District Database?

Well, not a lot actually but this double rainbow appeared while I was preparing to upload more records to the database and I thought it looked rather beautiful – isn’t that a good enough reason to include it on this blog?

It’s been too long since the last lot of entries were added to the database but between weddings, holidays, funerals, and lots of presentations at seminars etc., things have been just a tad hectic!  Better late than never …

This is the list of additions since 20 May making a total of 1,281,998 entries in the database:

  • Colac Shire: Rate Books 1910-11 [GRS 1393] – 3,612 entries
  • Geelong District: names from the Geelong Times [groups, prizes etc.] – 1,123 entries
  • Steiglitz: Court Records [VPRS 351 / P2 / 1 - 1868] – 161 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!

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