MAJOR additions to database

The GRANT girlsFinally I found the “missing” register of midwives for 1921 – this completes the set of Midwife Registers from 1916 to 1956 from the Victoria Government Gazette.  In the process of indexing it I spotted a familiar name – Lily GRANT, the great aunt of my former partner.  I couldn’t resist including this photo – one of my favourites – it’s Lily with her four sisters. It was taken in 1916 on her younger sister Janet’s wedding day [L-R: Dora, Ethline, Lily, Janet and Mary].  The wedding took place at their home ‘Chesterfield’ at 221 Noble Street, Newtown.  It was five years later, 1921, when Lily was registered as a midwife.  She went on to become a Registered Nurse and eventually ran her own private hospital in Blackburn.

With the Midwives completed, indexing is now progressing on the first six registers for Nurses have now been added to the database – these also continue through to 1956 in the Government Gazette.  These are not all “local” girls as the registers include girls from Melbourne and all over Victoria who did their Nurse Training at Geelong Hospital or Colac Hospital.

But the really BIG addition comes from the PROV Assisted Immigrants to Victoria index.  Over the years we have identified the ships that brought Assisted Immigrants to Geelong, or more specifically Point Henry.  We have extracted all passengers and list references for these ships.  If they landed here, even if they moved on to other areas, they spent at least SOME time in our region.  Many people don’t realise the importance of some of these “duplicate” passenger lists – some identify passengers who were eventually moved from the ship at Point Henry to the Immigration Depot in Geelong.

Although many of these entries are available through PROV, Ancestry, Findmypast etc. this database gives you different options for searching that might help find that elusive ancestor.  Make sure you read the Search Tips to understand the string, wildcard and group search options.

As an example, search for:

INDEX ENTRY     bridg

TITLE                      immig

and you will find lots of entries for Bridget etc. but not just from this new Assisted Immigrants index – you will also find local entries from Assisted Immigrants Remittances; Orphan Immigrants; Immigration Depot Funerals; and Immigration Depot Returns.  Leave out the title to find other local entries from almost 140 indexes in the database.

We now have 1,478,815 records in the Geelong and District database.  I thought 1.5 million entries by the end of 2014 would be a challenge but hopefully an achievable target.  So much for that theory!  We have no excuse for not achieving that target now!  After I’ve taken a breath I need to start working on the Unassisted Immigrants who landed at Point Henry / Geelong.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 27 December 2013:

  • Geelong District: Assisted Immigrants – limited PROV index – 39,202 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1921 - 36 entries
  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1925-1930 - 355 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

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

Break O'Day, later CorindhapBreak O’Day, later called Corindhap, featured in Shot for Gold: the murder of Thomas Ulick Burke on the Woady Yaloak Goldfield – a fascinating reconstruction from many original records of this murder which resulted in two executions.  Details are now part of the Geelong & District Database.

Recent additions to the database include a number of local history books.

We now have 1,423,946 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 24 November:

  • The Life of our Years: a pictorial chronology of Geelong – Book – 1,534 entries
  • Vision Splendid: Geelong - Book – 91 entries
  • Shot for Gold: the murder of Thomas Ulick Burke on the Woady Yaloak Goldfields – Book – 423 entries
  • The Sisters of Mercy, Queenscliff 1916-1992 – Book – 151 entries
  • The Life & Times of Jack Borbidge - Book – 324 entries
  • Shipwrecks at Barwon Heads 1853-1940 and The Historic Barwon – Book – 421 entries
  • Shire of Bannockburn: from pioneers to presidents – Book – 871 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1941, 1954 - 84 entries ***

*** This completes the series of Registers of Midwives however we are missing one year where we can’t find the Register for 31 December 1921 which would normally have appeared in the first half of 1922.  If anyone locates this register, please get in touch.  We’re now starting on the Registers of Nurses from the Geelong District.

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

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

Episcopal Chapel, Ballan - later St John's, Ballan.  Source: SLV IAN18/03/65/5/0More than 2,000 entries have been added to the Geelong and District Database since the last update.

More than three quarters of these entries came from a terrific book A Pictorial History of the Shire of Ballan – the index includes children named in school photos and names on various Honor Boards.

Those midwives keep popping up and are such a popular collection.  As I’ve mentioned before this is one of the few professions that help us track our married or unmarried female ancestors – they didn’t have to give up this role when they married.  Even better the Midwives Registers in the Victoria Government Gazette give us name changes [generally due to marriage] and address changes.  Once we’ve finished the Midwives Registers we’ll start on the Nurses Registers – another great source for our female ancestors and relatives.

Our Book indexes and Midwives indexes are the product of our wonderful volunteers in our region – some long-term volunteers and others who just pop up through Mailing Lists, Facebook, and of course this Blog.  They’re all wonderful!

This is the list of additions since 3 August making a total of 1,410,769 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1931, 1945-1954 - 561 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 20 entries
  • Ballan [book]: A Pictorial History of the Shire of Ballan – 1,558 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

Jane FRANCISIt seems that people are still fascinated with Midwives which again feature in the latest additions to the Geelong and District database.  Unlike teachers who had to give up their job if they married, midwives could be single women, married women or widowed women.  Women of any status are traditionally difficult to trace and perhaps that is one of the reasons for the popularity of this index in our database.  There are still some years to be indexed from the Victoria Government Gazettes and when they are finished we’ll start extracting Geelong District women from the Registers of Nurses in the Gazettes.

Pictured is Jane FRANCIS, a midwife in our district.  Jane PIPER was the daughter of John and Grace PIPER.  On 8 April 1830 Jane married Joseph FRANCIS at Bradworthy Parish Church in Devon, England.  The couple had 10 children in England.  In 1853 they emigrated to Geelong where their married daughter, Mrs Elizabeth PRICE, had settled.  Jane FRANCIS is recorded as the midwife on birth certificates from 1867 to 1884.  Jane died 2 December 1891 aged 82 and is buried in the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.  [photo and information provided by Pam Jennings]

This is the list of additions since 23 June making a total of 1,405,236 entries in the database:

  • Geelong District: Midwives – 1940, 1941, 1943 & 1945 – 177 entries
  • Bush Nursing at Forrest & District: accidents & recoveries – book – 671 entries
  • Barrabool: Shire Rate Books [GRS 877] – 1908, 1913 & 1853 – 3,885 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

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!

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!

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