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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.

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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.


It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look?

This talk is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on.

Google Your Family Tree: Tips & Tricks

This talk looks at basic search strategies and how researchers can maximise their search results. It also addresses more advances searching using Alerts, Library, Images, Videos and Maps.

Finding Pictorial Sources Online

This talk looks at the range of online resources for locating illustrations, photographs and other pictorial sources for family and local history research.

Demolishing Brick Walls: Tips & Tricks

Everyone comes up against a brick wall at some point in their research and this paper outlines some search strategies that might assist in getting past that brick wall.

Genes Reunited: Family trees and historic records

Genes Reunited was created on Guy Fawkes Day in 2002. It was the first British website set up to connect people searching the same family lines and in 2010 was ranked the #1 family website based on market share of visits among all UK sites. Since its acquisition by brightsolid in 2009 various historic records from the findmypast collection have been added - now it includes the complete 1841-1911 census collection, BDM records, Military records, passenger lists, and recently 35 million parish records.

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