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Of Interest for December 2015 30 Nov 2015 07:38 #1236

The SOR House group has its last meeting for the year in December. We re-convene on the first Wednesday of February 2016, so if you are a potential member of this group, we would love to see you there! Please contact the convenor through the WAGS website email.

Here are some family history items of interest for December:

Of Interest December 2015
• Genealogists and family historians doing good! Now this is a really interesting Blog post on money raising, and its Australian based too. genfamilies.blogspot.com.au/ . Not only can you earn money to donate, but also fund some of your own certificate purchases – and we are aware that sourcing certificates and other material is becoming more and more expensive. On this Blog you will also find a list of other blogs and websites. If you are interested in browsing, you will find gems such as ‘Family history across the seas’ cassmob.wordpress.com/ and ‘Czech genealogy for beginners’ czechgenealogy.nase-koreny.cz (this is not as specialized as it first appears – very informative

• Australian Electoral Roll update In early 2014 the Australian Electoral Commission began to enforce restrictions on access to the current electoral roll – in effect only allowing individuals to check their own enrolment details. The electoral roll, both in its current digital form and in microfiche and microfilm in libraries and archives, is of course a key genealogical tool and the lack of access to the current edition meant that the tracing of present day family members and long lost relatives was severely hampered. However, as part of the inquiry into the 2013 federal election the question of access to the current electoral roll was revisited and in May this year the AEC’s heightened restrictions were withdrawn. This is fantastic news for family historians as this means we can once again visit AEC offices to examine the current electoral roll for genealogical research purposes. Any individual can again examine the electoral roll for any name – though electronic recording of the data is not allowed. Go to www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/About_Electoral_Roll/

• Western Australian Gold Mining Employees project. Three years ago Outback Family History and Dr Criena Fitzgerald, approached Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) regarding historical employee records in their archives. These records were in the format of individual cards for each employee from the inception of Lake View and Boulder East Company in 1895 up to about the 1960’s. Outback Family History, Dr Fitzgerald and KCGM have been working in conjunction during this time to preserve both the cards themselves and also record the valuable information contained in them. We currently have a group of volunteers entering the information on each card. We estimate that there are about 35,000 cards in total. Sadly, some are damaged and unreadable but the majority are in great condition and when they have been transcribed they will be packed into archive boxes and returned to KCGM for storage. The transcribed data will be made available to everyone from free of any charge and we anticipate that the contribution to our mining history will be immense. As above, the Outback Family History Blog which I have mentioned before: www.outbackfamilyhistoryblog.com/

• Don’t forget the RYERSON INDEX. the Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries. www.ryersonindex.org/

• This is a Facebook page which is eclectic and informative. It could have just the photo or information you need on Ireland (other places too) - search for ‘Wistorical’ and then look for his website at www.turtlebunbury.com/ From this excellent site (perhaps its mad, in that inimitable Irish way) I found these two sites of interest:
• Carlow County website www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/
• Harewood House website servants.harewood.org/ which is an in-depth exploration of the named servants who worked at this beautiful grand country estate in Yorkshire from the Georgian period onwards.

• Interested in Banbridge, County Down? This site is very informative, with a lot of information on the flax growing industry countydown.x10.mx/html/banbridge.htm
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