Bellarine Historical Society on FaceBook

It’s great to see the Bellarine Historical Society with their own FaceBook page.

Social Media is a great opportunity to help promote societies on the web.

The Society is open every Sunday in January and the first Sunday of the month for the rest of the year (except September).  The hours are 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Plan to make the most of your visit – prepare details and documents for the names you’re researching and bring them with you so you have your own information at your fingertips.

 

Geelong and District Database – nearly there!

Nearly ThereI’m absolutely awe-struck with the support from friends and strangers alike – it has been amazing and humbling.  There are less than FIVE days left for the Pozible crowd funding project to help recover the Geelong and District web site and database and we are SO close.

Although technically there’s still a LONG way to go, we’ve recovered most of the web site – the really hard work is getting the database back up and bomb proofed – not just for the short-term but for the long haul!

We’re 71% of the way there – so close – but until we reach the target amount and deadline the effort could all be wasted.  The project ends and all pledges are lost if we don’t make that target.

I have my fingers and toes crossed and I’m really hoping that some people have left it until close to the end to pledge funds to this project.

Please help us achieve the target!

I even have more records to add to the database – once we can get it back up and running.

Now I really need your help!

Really really sadRemember when I said the Geelong and District web site and database really needed your help?

In early January, 25 years of work was wiped off the web by ‘Company F’ – the web site and database at www.zades.com.au was removed.

You were just wonderful with your responses.

So now it’s time to move from really really sad to getting close to happy.

If the number of people who responded last time offering assistance come to the party again, we’ll be making real progress.  I can’t do it without financial help so I’ve set up a crowd-funding project where you can contribute.

With the input from a wonderful ‘knight in shining armour’, he has PROVEN that we can get the web site and database back up and running.  So this isn’t ‘Pie in the sky’ or fantasy time – this is REAL.

BUT, it really needs some funding to make it happen – obviously the sooner the better!

From 7.30 am Wednesday 8th February, the funding project will be open … visit and pledge your support.

luvyouHelp turn that really really sad face into a smiling one – please help?

I really want other local and family history researchers to again have free access to more than 1.7 million entries in my database!

It’s not just me that you will be helping – over the years many other volunteers have contributed to the database – they deserve your support as well.

Any funds raised in excess of the target will kickstart Stage 2 of the overall project.

Geelong and District database – you’re wonderful!

Source: http://likesuccess.com/topics/18193/knight-in-shining-armorI’m blown away with the number of offers of help, suggestions and encouragement – you are all truly wonderful.  I may need some other help and definitely some financial assistance but things are heading in the right direction.  There were so many great offers but at this stage I’ve chosen a local ‘Knight in shining armour‘ who already has some of my files and is working on recovering my web site and my database.

And no, I haven’t got my USB back from Company F yet – waiting!

I feel like I can breathe again and my respect for my fellow researchers is way up there.

Thank you all – I’ll keep you posted.

Geelong and District web site – need your help!

Really really sadThis is how I feel at the moment with 25 years of work wiped off the Internet through no fault of my own.

It could be worse – I have the complete database – more than 1.7 million records – on my desktop and backed up off site.  And I have a reasonably recent backup of the Joomla web site – I say reasonably because that’s when the problem started – back in March 2016.  The company that had been hosting my web site was bought out in 2015 by another company.  The current one I call Company F for the time being.  Since I started my database back in 1992 there has been a progression of companies – the first went bust, the second (B) bought out by (C) and so on until the current – Company F.

My current urgent requirement:

  • Recommendation of web hosting company for a Joomla web site (older version).
  • Transfer my Domain Name to the new web host.
  • Set up my Joomla web site complete with SQL database on the new web host.

My secondary requirement

  • Convert the old Joomla web site to the latest version.

I’m not expecting this for nothing but I will need to set up some crowd funding to pay for it.  And I can’t do that until I can get a realistic quote to do it!

I’ve sent out emails to some contacts who might know someone who might know someone who can help.

I’m waiting for Company F to return the USB to me – with a complete copy of my web site and database etc.

Why am I not still using Company F?  NO CHOICE!

  • After agreeing to become a Company F Customer – for supposedly less than I was being charged by Company E which they have now owned for almost 2 years – I had a Company F Customer Number.
  • After pulling the plug on the server I was on, they promised to have it all up and running in the middle of January.  DIDN’T HAPPEN.
  • After promising to send me an email confirming they had done this – DIDN’T HAPPEN.
  • Then Company F had the nerve to tell me I needed to find another web hosting company because this wasn’t their core business and they weren’t going to get my site up and running.
  • Then they had the nerve to send me an invoice – to be taken directly out of my account – for a LARGE amount of money – for hosting my site!

multicrysadThis is how I feel now and I really do need your help – find me the right person who can help!

And never trust companies, who buy out others, to tell the truth and honour any existing agreements!

Victorian Equity Case Files

Old Supreme Court of VictoriaMany people won’t know of or understand Supreme Court of Victoria Equity Case Files, BUT once they do, they will definitely want to access them!  The old Supreme Court can be seen in the photo – it was on the corner of La Trobe and Russell Streets and was built in 1842.  The image is from the LaTrobe Collection, State Library of Victoria Ref H8305.  It was replaced by the current complex known as the Melbourne Law Courts in William Street, Melbourne.  The “new” building was built between 1874 and 1882.

So why am I writing about the Victorian Equity Case Files on my Geelong & District Blog?  Because they are part of a number of indexes which will be added to the Geelong & District Database shortly.

We are indebted to Ada Ackerly for making a number of her important indexes available for all to search free online.  Obviously these are relevant to all of Victoria and not just Geelong & District but that shouldn’t stop me from making them available for everyone.  And I can reassure those researching in Geelong & District that many of these entries relate to our region.  Some refer to a location but many do not.

An example: I hesitated when I was checking some (future) entries – there was a surname of SICHLAN.  I recognised the name so checked the Geelong & District Database and confirmed that it was a “local” family variously spelt SICHLAN and SICHLAU.

You’ll have to wait before those entries are online but in the meantime I have just uploaded:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria Equity Case Files 1852-1886 Index – 569 entries.

To understand the value of these records and the files at PROV they will lead you to, read the information provided by Ada for these entries which include Companies, Property and Trustees Statutes with MANY relating to children and their guardianship.

Another gem: the BECK infants – Guardian appointed father John in New Zealand !  How useful is that for researchers?

And what about: Jane DONALDSON – nee GUTHRIE of Falkirk UK ?

And for a real local: Queenscliff Fishing Co Ltd – winding up petition in 1874.

Enjoy!

DIFFERENT free Victorian records to search!

Australia DayBy now everyone knows that Findmypast and Ancestry have offered free access to some of their Australian records in celebration of Australia Day.

More than 40,000 entries from a myriad of different sources have just been added to the Geelong & District Database.

Big bonus:

  • You DON’T have to give any credit card details
  • It’s ALWAYS free to search
  • That offer doesn’t end after Australia Day!

The Geelong & District Database now contains more than 1,689,267 entries from more than 9,811 sources!

Have fun!

Geelong database – latest additions

Otways At WarIt’s well overdue – a blog showing the entries added to the Geelong and District Database – especially as the last one was back in December 2014!  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been adding lots of entries – I just haven’t done a blog on the additions.

Since the last major update last December, there are now 1,646,239 entries in the Geelong and District Database.  Latest additions include:

  • Surnames of Interest entries – 18 new entries [1,143 submitters in total]
  • 1970 Electoral Roll, Division of Corangamite: Subdivisions of Rokewood, Bannockburn, Beech Forest, Cobden, and Belmont North [part] – 8,605 entries
  • Winchelsea Presbyterian Church 1869 – 1871 – 1971 [Book] – 313 Entries
  • Leopold & District 1914-1918: commemorating Leopold Red Cross, 100 years of community service [Book] – 589 entries
  • Vixens & Vagabonds: Geelong Police Court Reports 1880 & 1881 [Book] – 2,139 entries
  • Alexander Webb 1813 – 1892 [Book] – 132 entries
  • Mount Hesse: History, humour and hazards on a sheep station 1837-1985 [Book] – 758 entries
  • Otways at war: World War 1 Barramunga, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Gerangamete, Murroon & Pennyroyal [Book] – 1,070 entries
  • Deputy Registrars of BDMs in Victoria 1853-1901 – 3,805 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!

More cemeteries online

Colonel Robert Wallace HeadstoneExciting news for everyone!  The Geelong Cemeteries Trust has been hard at work – two new HUGE cemeteries added to their online database. You can now search and locate graves online for the Colac Cemetery and the Queenscliffe Cemetery. Cemeteries managed by the Geelong Cemeteries Trust that are still to be added to the database – some of these may take a while as I’m not sure about the existence of the Burial Registers:

  • Beeac Cemetery
  • Mount Moriac Cemetery
  • Warncoort Cemetery
  • Whoorel Cemetery

The first three of these can be found on Ian Marr’s Cemeteries of South Western Victoria web site – based on headstone information.

Hotels of Geelong and District

Bay View Hotel Portarlington [courtesy Naomi Henry]New lists and images for Hotels of Geelong and District.  They are also available on one of my Pinterest Boards. This has been a huge project and still has a long way to go, but rather than making you wait until I’ve finished adding all the photos and details I thought I’d let you enjoy it sooner.  Why are old hotel photos so enjoyable? There is now a Pinterest Board for a number of Geelong and District categories. Of course there are plenty more entries that could be added for the different categories and I encourage you to help me find images for them – please let me know!