Family and local history

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City of Melton 150th anniversary exhibition

On behalf of the Mayor and Councillors of Melton City Council, we invite our community to view this special online exhibition celebrating 150 years of our city.

 


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Houdini in the City of Melton

American magician and escape artist Harry Houdini took to the skies on 18 March 1910, in what is generally considered to be the first controlled, powered aircraft flight in Australia. Houdini made three successful flights over paddocks owned by local farmer Mr Cook, reaching an altitude of 30 metres and lasting between one minute and three and a half minutes in the air.

The Age reported: ''In his first attempt, Houdini...


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Growth Progress and Community Spirit: a history of the Melton district  

Growth, Progress and Community Spirit traces the history of the Melton district from Dreamtime to today. Beginning with the formation of the land, it covers tens of thousands of years of habitation by First Nations people, the arrival of European...

 


Genealogy databases

These sites often offer unique collections of records, powerful tools, and a lot of convenience. Each one of these sites offers different records and tools so they are all worth exploring individually.

Ancestry.com (Library Edition)

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Ancestry.com (Library edition)    -  Access requires a current library card and PIN

Ancestry is still available for home access for library members until 31 December 2021.

Instructional video: How to access the free version of Ancestry.com.

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library If you haven’t used Ancestry before you’ll be surprised at how many original records are available for you to print and save. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, immigration records, military records, court and legal documents, directories and more.

Ancestry Library Edition is different to the Home Edition of Ancestry. You can't access the family tree builder software but there more international records on Ancestry Library Edition than in the standard Australia UK package in the Home Edition including records from: Asia, Africa, Europe and New Zealand.

For tutorials see the  Ancestry Library Edition youtube channel.

Find My Past.com.au

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 Find My Past.com.au

Access is available at the library.

Through the library you can access the entire Find My Past collection which includes access to records from Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and United State. Findmypast specializes in providing records for the UK and Ireland. While you will find a very good number of records from the US and Canada, you will benefit most from using this site if some of your ancestors come from England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

Among the useful records sets are the England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1837-2005.

For tutorials see the Find My Past youtube channel.

British Newspaper Archive

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British Newspaper Archive

Perhaps your ancestors wrote an enraged letter to the editor or where involved in a scandalous court cases. The British Newspaper Archive can help you trace the lives of your United Kingdom and Irish ancestors. This valuable resource has helped me to break down many brick walls. It contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day and you can search articles by keyword, name, location, date or title.

Please note: While the library provides access to BNA (British Newspaper Archive), you will need to register with an email address and password, and to sign in to view search results. You will be able to save personal searches, bookmark and print articles

For tutorials see the British Newspaper Archive youtube channel.

Local Newspapers

Local newspapers

1950s Melton Express masthead.PNGThe Melton Express (1915-1954) and Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (1892-1900) are available to search online.

Community Heritage Collection

Community Heritage Collection

1974 add of JK Harrsion car dealer with a holdenHundreds of photos, pamphlets and maps are available from the Community  Heritage Collection in the library catalogue.

First steps in researching your family history

Family Search 
State Library of Victoria research guides 
Genealogical Society of Victoria 
PROV Digitized Records 
National Archives of Australia 
Australian War Memorial

 


Family history help

Volunteers from the Melton Family History Group are providing family history help every Wednesday from 10am at Melton Library and Learning Hub. Drop in or make a booking via the Melton City Libraries events calendar. 
To get the most out of your session we recommend filling out and returning the where to start form.

 


Oral History Collection

Here local stories from our past and present from our oral history collection files. This collection includes the  video I came into the library looking to find my brother. Melton local Bev Price came to the the weekly Genealogy Help sessions at Melton Library, hoping to locate the brother she had never met. What happens next is a tribute to the skills of the Melton Family History Group, and the resources available at Melton City Libraries. Watch the video.

 

 


Family history - Going a little further

Cemeteries

Local Historical Groups

Eynesbury Heritage Group
Email: gregheafield@bigpond.com
Phone: 0417 356 691

Melton District Historical Society Inc
Address: Nixon Street, Melton Vic  3337
Post: PO BOX  58, Melton Vic  3337
Phone:  0409306640 or 0490173423 or 0412853918
Email: meltonhistoricalsocietyinc@gmail.com


Melton Family History Group Inc
Website: Melton Family History Group Inc
Email: sec.meltonfhg@outlook.com