The State Library’s family history subject specialists Tricia Fairweather and Leonie Hayes will be visiting Toodyay this Wednesday 22nd June to give a seminar on how to search the genealogy database Ancestry.com: what you can find and the best ways to search.
Tricia and Leonie will also show you how to explore the State Library’s website to discover digitised resources including directories, indexes and guides. They will advise on effective use of the catalogue, how to find free websites to further your family history research, electronic resources available from home, events, workshops and more. Tricia and Leonie are also happy to offer advice on your own research.
For further information, please contact Toodyay Library on 9574 2323.
In 2010, Heritage Perth Heritage Days will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November.
An exciting program of activities is planned, which aims to make the weekend Perth’s biggest ever heritage event that will showcase the City’s history going back many thousands of years.
The expanded 2010 program will include numerous exciting new venues including; Council House, the Perth Mint, West Australian Club, the Supreme Court, Government House and the Royal Perth Hospital Museum (source: Perth Heritage website, 2010).
We now have the Western Argus from 1896 – November 1916 available through Australian Newspapers Online. Once completed the Western Argus will be available online from November 1894 to June 1938. This goldfields newspaper is a wealth of information containing local social news, mining news including annual reports, Australian and world news and much much more. This newspaper is a great resource for researchers and family historians alike. The Brennan - Maher Wedding in 1899 for example not only provides a picture of the wedding party but gives a complete list of both attending guests and presents.
The Yelakitj Moort Nyungar Association has created a website you can look at which provides information about aboriginal activities and culture in Western Australia.
Yelakitj Moort Nyungar Association is an Australian Indigenous Organisation, made up of members of the Nyungar people who are the traditional, recognised people of the south west of Western Australia.
The Yelakitj Moort Nyungar Association is named after William Thomas Bennell, whose Nyungar name was Yelakitj – “Man of Good Hearing”. Yelakitj was the story teller – he was the minder of the Nyungar story. His stories are recorded in oral history (available in the State Library of Western Australia), video and book.
Western Australian marriage records are listed in an microfiched index with a person’s name, year of marriage, registration number and locality. It’s tricky to find the name of a spouse in the records as you need to look through many marriage records to find the same registration number for a given year.
A database matching up Western Australian marriage records from 1906 is available online for people researching their family history, and has been growing year by year. It is currently up to 1965.
WOODMAN POINT: Digging up the past at Woodman Point
Did you know that bubonic plaque had touched Australia? The victims of this and other infectious diseases are buried at the cemeteries of Woodman Point Quarantine Station. A quarantine area since 1830, Woodman Point Quarantine Station was formally gazetted in 1879 and has two known cemeteries, both lost to bush. Hear the social history of this fascinating site and the archaeological trials and tribulations of wresting the secret of the grave locations from this enigmatic site by attending talks and touring the site with archaeologist, Gaye Nayton.
A recent project funded by Lotterywest has physically located the cemeteries, mapped the surface remains in the 1918 cemetery and located and mapped grave shadows. Check out the Friends of Woodman Point webpage at www.woodmanpointquarantinestation.com to view the ongoing project in pictures and text.
On the 7th June 2008 join the Friends for a program which includes talks and a tour of the site. The program will consist of site visit, talks and a second site visit to allow visitor flexibility.
Where: Woodman Point Recreation Camp When: Saturday 7th June 2008, 12 noon to 4pm Cost: Free event but a sausage sizzle with drink will be available at $5; and a gold coin donation will cover afternoon tea. RSVP Essential – Contact: Friends of Woodman Point at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
So if you need to find out what’s in the Road Traffic Code (for example) it’s all at your fingertips!
Not from WA? Most states and countries now have their law online – you can find Australian and other material linked to on our Law Information Gateway or more specifically U.N., U.S. and U.K. documents in our Government Information Gateway.