When I visit my local library and see masses of newsletters from the region’s family history and historical societies jammed into cardboard magazine holders, I think that while such a resource would be useful, where would I start? Being a working mum with limited time, they are just not an option. Also, membership of those societies would be great as I would receive a newsletter in the mail, but again my current status means I have to give consideration to each membership/subscription I take out.
Luckily some societies have newsletters available on their websites and I can read them easily from home when I choose. Newsletters online that are the most helpful to my research are from the Casterton and District Historical Society (2005-2012) and the Warrnambool Family History Group (1990-1999 & 2004). Both include a list of the main topics in each newsletter allowing me to easily select an issue.
The Casterton newsletter, “Historical Happenings” has items relevant to different areas of my research such as the History of the Casterton Racing Club Inc, a series of articles about the Hunt murders and Dance Halls and Orchestras of Casterton. There is also information about surrounding towns such as Merino, Sandford and Wando Vale. The March 2011 newsletter even recommends a new magazine called “Inside History.” I’m sure many of us would endorse that recommendation! The newsletter opens as a Word document.
The Warrnambool newsletter, “The South-West Genealogist“, includes indexes of Pioneer women of Victoria, school records and a lot of information on Irish settlers. There are also many birth, deaths and marriages in the regular column “Historicals” and there are 19th-century BDMs notices from the “Hamilton Spectator” which have been most useful. The newsletter opens as a PDF document.
Thank you to both for providing such a wonderful online resource.