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Findmypast - the World Collection

Exactly what is happening at findmypast? The last couple of years have seen huge growth in multiple directions – in records from Australia and New Zealand, Ireland, America, in the original UK site itself and the launch of the British Newspaper Archives by brightsolid. All this means much better access to records for local and family historians and is very exciting to see. Where to now?

Subscription websites and how to get good value

How do you use subscription websites (including Ancestry.com, Find My Past, Scotlands People, The Genealogist and Roots Ireland) most efficiently, indeed often as a way of saving you money. 

Newspapers for use in family history

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for family historians, beyond the reports of national and local events. Births, deaths and marriages, funerals, obituaries, accidents, missing persons, ships' arrivals and passenger lists, shipwrecks, petitions, 'letters to the editor', advertisements, examination results, court cases, governement notices - and more. Digitisation means that many of these can now be easily searched from home. This talk covers some of the main collections both of Australian and overseas newspapers.

Rats of Tobruk Association, Inc, Victoria

Open Hours
  • Meetings are Fourth Friday of Month at 10:30am. Secretary Mr Reg Lawrence to be advised of attendance by email, no later than five (5) days before Meeting, on his email boforsgarden@hotmail.com
Approximate Membership
  • Originally approx 4300, Currently approx 30
Membership Cost
  • Restricted Membership
  • THN (Tobruk House News)


The Rats of Tobruk Association, Inc, Victoria was formed in September, 1945. The Association was open for those Servicemen who had Served at, and during, the Longest Siege in British Military History - the Siege of Tobruk - 240 Days, between April10th and December 10th 1941 in WW2 and who were fortunate enough to return to Australia at the end of hostilities.

Of approximately 14,000 Australians involved in the Siege of Tobruk, 559 KIA, 2450 WIA and 941 POW.    "Lest We Forget".


Education of School Children


Descendants, Relatives and other Interested Persons or Organisations who may have an interest in the Famous Rats of Tobruk.


Friendly Societies and family history

Friendly societies were mutual aid organisations designed to help people protect themselves against hardship. Subsidised health care was only one of the services offered by Friendly Societies to our ancestors and the Friendly Societies played an integral part in many of our ancestors’ daily educational and social world.

Ancestry.com: What does it offer?

An overview of the historic records available on Ancestry for Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland with a brief peek at what is starting to come online for German research.

Online newspapers: Finding out what happened in the "dash"

Many sources can give us at least the basics of birth and death - newspapers can give much to add to the gap between, the real life of the person. Now that digital versions are available finding that information is so much easier - Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and more.

Channel Islands Family History Society

  • The Jersey Archive, Clarence Rd, St Helier,

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