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 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!

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!

 

Spotlight on Steiglitz

Township of SteiglitzThe town of Steiglitz in the Brisbane Ranges north west of Geelong is a fascinating place to visit with a rich history from its peak time as a goldfield site in Victoria.  It is just 40 Km from Geelong and 50 Km from Ballarat.  A detour off the main highway between these two regional cities is where you’ll find the Steiglitz Historical Society and learn more about this virtual ghost town.  [WARNING: The society are currently upgrading their web site – try their link a bit later if it doesn’t work!]

The latest update to the Geelong & District database just happened to include two groups of records for Steiglitz.  In the process of looking for a suitable image for this blog, I came across a lovely digitised geological map of the Steiglitz goldfields on the State Library of Victoria web site.  Browsing the two images for this map, I was amazed at the number of features that were named – reefs, gullies, mines etc.  I’m afraid when you’re addicted to indexing, you just can’t pass up something like this, so instead of two Steiglitz indexes, this update includes three!

This is the list of additions since 3 August making a total of 1,408,630 entries in the database:

  • Steiglitz: Borough Rate Books [GRS 820] – 1865-1878 – 2,952 entries
  • Steiglitz: Court Records [VPRS 351 / P2 / Unit 1] – 1862 – 246 entries
  • Steiglitz: Geological Map of the Gold Field – 1909 – 196 entries

And don’t think these are the only Steiglitz entries in the database!  Over the years there have been a bundle of entries including:

BOOKS indexed

  • History of Steiglitz: 1835 – 1951
  • The Pubs and Licensees of Steiglitz and History of the Alfred (ANA) Hall
  • Steiglitz Memories of Gold

DIRECTORIES transcribed – extracting Steiglitz entries

  • 1857 Bradshaw’s Guide to Victoria
  • 1858 Bradshaw’s Guide to Victoria
  • 1859 Bradshaw’s Guide to Victoria
  • 1860 Bradshaw’s Guide to Victoria
  • 1861 Geelong and Western District general directory
  • 1866-67 Stevens’ Geelong & Western District Directory
  • 1866-67 Butler & Brooke’s National Directory of Victoria
  • 1868 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory
  • 1870 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory
  • 1871-72 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory
  • 1875 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory
  • 1880-81 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory
  • 1882-83 Maning & Bishop’s Geelong and Western District Directory [Shire of Meredith]
  • 1888-89 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1891-92 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1893-94 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1895-96 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1897-98 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1899-1900 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1904 Wise’s Victorian Post Office Directory
  • 1911 Sands & McDougall Directory
  • 1913 Sands & McDougall Directory
  • 1915 Sands & McDougall Directory
  • 1919 Sands & McDougall Directory
  • 1924 Sands & McDougall Directory
  • 1928 Sands & McDougall Directory

BURIALS / HEADSTONES data including:

  • Early Steiglitz Burials
  • Steiglitz Cemetery Burials
  • Steiglitz Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions

Details on all these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and other database 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

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!