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!

 

Geelong & District Surnames of Interest

Well – this one is exciting.  The former Geelong & District Surnames of Interest was still in the old HTML format and not searchable in my web site – you used to have to select a letter of the alphabet and browse the names.

I was going to bring it into the 21st century when I realised there was an even better way!  The Surnames of Interest entries have now been added to the New Geelong & District Database.

I’ve included all those on the former web pages plus some more – I still have a backlog to add which will be done progressively – I only need another dozen hours in a day! :-Q

There is an explanation on this function called “About the Surnames of Interest DB” and don’t forget to follow the Help and Tips links from the Database search page.

I think people are more likely to find and contact Submitters of Surnames of Interest as they will appear in the same search for surnames in the database – make sense?  Have a play and see!

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