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Discover your family stories

Genealogy can tell you more about your past than just the names of your ancestors. It can help answer your questions about who you are, where you came from, and where you might want to go. 

August is National Family History Month, so it’s a great time to make use of the wealth of genealogy resources, new technology and assistance available at Boroondara Library Service to delve into your family history. Lindy Smith is one Boroondara resident who has been researching her family history since the start of 2020, when she joined Boroondara Library Service’s Family History group.

At one of the library workshops Lindy attended, she learned how to use Trove, an online research portal, to investigate her family history. “My first success came when I found a presentation album from the company my great-grandfather worked for in 1888. It contained the most wonderful photos of the employees, the building they worked in and of city streets and parks at that time. In the front was a letter, and one of half a dozen signatures at the bottom was that of my great-grandfather. Seeing the album gave me such a buzz,” Lindy said.

Since then, Lindy has uncovered even more about her ancestors and encourages anyone who wants to learn about their past to start researching with the help of their local library.

“Learning through the Family History library group how to use all the resources available for genealogy research and having a group of people to ask for assistance or share successes with has been wonderful. I would suggest that this is the best way to get started. Our librarians have a wealth of knowledge and they are only too happy to share with us,” Lindy said.

Learn how to research your family history

Enter the Boroondara Literary Awards 2021

There’s still time to submit your story!

Held each year by the City of Boroondara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages.

The competition categories include the Young Writers’ Competition and the Open Short Story Competition. The latter includes the Keith Carroll Award for the best entry submitted by a Boroondara resident. As well as cash prizes, winners will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology.

Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday 27 August. Entry is free.

For more information, please email [email protected] or contact our Literary Awards Coordinator on 9278 4036.