Ballarat & District Genealogical Society
PO Box 1809 Bakery Hill Mail Centre Vic 3354 Australia
4th Tuesday of each month (except Dec & Jan) 7:30pm, Meeting Room, Ballarat Central Library 178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
This exciting program of subjects of interest to the genealogist has been arranged. Come along to the meetings and listen to those many and varied guest speakers, ask questions and find some answers to those hard to solve problems.
Tuesday 27 February - Fiona Tonkin tells us about Ballarat Streets named after women
Saturday 24 March - all day SEMINAR for members learning more about using Trove and Digger BDM Indexes for Victoria.
Begin 9.30am until 4.00pm. Bring your own device such as laptop, iPad or smartphone OR we will provide you with one on request. Swap morning and afternoon sessions for both topics. At $10.00 for the day this is a low-cost event run by members for members to improve their electronic research skills.
Tuesday 27 March - Who Do You Think You Are?
BBC crew filmed in Ballarat in March 2017 for a program about the ancestors of Craig Revel Horwood, a Ballarat boy, now a British TV celebrity. Helen Mollison and Joan Hunt tell of their experiences on and off camera which contributed to the making of the episode. It is yet to be screened in Australia.
Tuesday 24 April - Judy Rochow, committee member and Defence Dept employee, is researching Colonial Military Volunteers and their leaders.
Come along to learn about these early soldiers.
Tuesday 22 May - Virginia Noonan author of the recently published book, From Devon to Australia, A 19th Century Narrative, Through the unpublished letters of the Merrifield family.
Tuesday 26 June - Ben Schueddekopf, our tech guru, will tell us of his quest to find his German roots. On his travels to quintessential medieval villages he met iconic characters such as Lüllepop - a most engaging ancestor.
Tuesday 24 July - Dr Joan Hunt has extensive experience with searching Victorian Land Records which she will share with you. Please come prepared with your questions.
Tuesday 28 August - AGM - Jenny Fink, Executive Manager Learning and Community Hubs at City of Ballarat, speaking about the proposed move of the Australiana Reference Room library to a refurbished Eureka Centre in 2019.
Tuesday 25 September - Ken James, co-author with Pam Bargwanath of an award-winning book about mechanics institutes, 'These Walls Speak Volumes.' The topic will be William Swan Urquhart, First Government Surveyor in Ballarat.
Tuesday 23 October - Mick Trembath - Memory Atlas
The Memory Atlas is a project that links memory to place. The project is about the need to preserve the present, so future generations can see the complexity of history in its most honest and human terms. It's the creation on an online platform, that allows anybody to record, locate and add to the stories of their lives. Training and workshops are on offer to use digital technology to record narratives, using video, audio, photo digitisation etc.
Saturday 27 October - BDGS 40th Anniversary Luncheon Ballarat Golf Club, 12.00 noon for 12.30pm. Guest speaker Professor Graeme Davison 2015 VCHA winner for Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia’s Golden Age
Tuesday 27 November - Christmas Breakup and supper, including tributes to the late Joan Hunt, our much respected former President and Life Member. Please come along and share with us any anecdotes about her life and work.