I am sure that our Pioneer Ancestors would be amazed at the resources that are available to us in "tracking them down"!
Technology has moved so rapidly that every time you blink a new and exciting way of searching and communicating becomes available. It can be hard to keep up.
Recently I discovered this fantastic web site http://www.historypin.com. When you visit this site you click on the 'pins' and they open an incredible number of historical photos of the location. The wonderful thing is that the Port Phillip Pioneers Group could create a map using this site to show places that are particularly relevant to our time period of interest. How good would that be! We could show the world our history in images.
The National Trust has a free App for smart phones and tablets called 'Lost'! It contains images of buildings that have been demolished and some that are under threat of demolition. Users can go to 100 Central Business District sites and view on their phone or tablet photos and information about some of our lost treasures. Fantastic!
Web sites can offer podcasts and videos can be embedded that make history come alive. They provide a wonderful way of delivering news to members of groups that because of the tyranny of distance are unable to attend meetings. They stimulate interest. Using a blog and social media we can now interact giving people anywhere the ability to communicate in an efficient way.
Forty years ago when I began my family history research I made regular visits to the State Library of Victoria to search microfiche and then microfilms of our newspapers. Now with a few clicks of a mouse this can be done at home at any time of the day or night. In Victoria we can have copies of historical BDM certificates in a couple of minutes delivered straight to your printer. No waiting for a couple of weeks for the postie to deliver them.
Want to get an image of your ancestor's grave? More of these are becoming available online. There are an enormous number of free genealogical sites available to search.
However, nothing can replace the invaluable resource that our meeting have to the members who are able to atend them. The amazing knowledge that members have to share make our meetings so worthwhile attending. I hope that the Group can find a way of providing a resource that enables our interstate and country members a way to better interact with the Group, and let the world learn more about the fascinating years between 1803 and 1851 in the Port Phillip District of the Colony of New South Wales.
Women's fashions for 1841 and other interesting information about the Port Phillip District is located on a blog run by Janine Rizzetti, a history postgraduate student at La Trobe University. It makes fascinating reading and you can read it at http://residentjudge.wordpress.com. Well done Janine.
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