UPDATE - Public Record Office - Victoria
For those who are researching their ancestors in the Australian State of Victoria, below is an update on their research and on-line databases.
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PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE - VICTORIA
New series available on the PROV online catalogue
Visit http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/main/newrecords.asp to view new series that have been added to the online catalogue 'Access the Collection'. The list is updated every two months to coincide with the publication of rEsearch.
PROV gives the state archives the Flickr!
Late last December, PROV set up a Flickr Pro account to promote the rich and diverse photographic series contained in the Victorian state archives collection. The first images to appear on Flickr relate to the PROV travelling exhibition Victorians at Work: Photographs from the State Archives. More images covering subject matter from other areas of the archive will be added in the near future. Each image contains a brief description and citation tracing it back to its location in PROV's collection. The PROV Flickr page can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/people/public-record-office-victoria/.
New instalment of Outwards Passenger Index and first instalment of Probate Index
At the end of 2008, PROV volunteers reached a milestone by completing an instalment of the outwards passenger index covering the period 1887–1896. PROV has now indexed outward passenger lists from 1853 to 1896, which covers an astonishing 978,883 entries. Family Search and the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations have completed the first stage of an index to probates in Victoria. Covering the period 1841–1925, this first stage allows researchers to search for probates by family name, place, occupation and date. This means that researchers are now able to access probate index and digital images of wills and probates between 1841 and 1925 via the PROV website free of charge. The new instalment of the immigration index and the new probate index can be accessed online through our indexes and digitised records page. Researchers are also encouraged to view PROVguide 29 Wills and Probate – Wills and Probate Records 1841–1925, which has been updated to demonstrate the new streamlined functionality of the online will and probate index.
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Irish Ancestors Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Irishancestorsgroup