NAA shake your family tree talk 2012


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  • Welcome – we will cover............ Happy to answer questions as we go or come and see us at the NLA stand after the talk. So the talk Tom and I are giving is in keeping with today’s theme and is about how to use the Library’s online resources to search your FH. To demonstrate, we have chosen to do a case study on a famous convict made good called Margaret Catchpole. She had a very colourful life which has been well documented and there are lots of online records for her. E.g. there are several biographies written about her from the 18 th and 19 th century which are available online and people are still writing about her today with a new history about to come out. There have also been a play and songs. In fact it was her 250 th birthday earlier this month. Pictures are from SLNSW and an illustrated biography written by Richard Cobbold the family she stole the horse from. It also contains copies of her letters she wrote to his family and others.
  • The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online tells us that Margaret Catchpole lived from 1762 to 1819). She was convicted for stealing a horse and transported to Australia in 1801. She worked for various families. She was pardoned in 1814 and worked as a storekeeper, midwife and nurse. She is regarded as one of the few true convict chroniclers with an excellent memory and a gift for recording events. Her letters of 806 and 1809 are the only known eyewitness accounts of the Hawkesbury River floods of those years; she described graphically the countryside, the Aboriginals, and the wildlife; she wrote of the first convict coalminers at Coal River (Newcastle) and of the savagery and immorality of the inhabitants of the colony, and by her writings added richly to Australia's early history.
  • In today’s talk Tom and I will cover... And not only resources available to view online, although there are many records which have been digitised or transcribed and made available to view online, we’ll also talk about how you can use our website, to find information held in our collection and other libraries and archives and also how to use our online guides and catalogue to plan your visit or contact us online to facilitate your research.
  • Ask how many people are familiar with Trove? Other than the newspapers search service that the National Library offers? The service was released at the end of 2009 by the National Library of Australia . It is a free search service. Our aim is to make finding and getting information easier. The Trove service searches across a rich data repository which currently contains over 250 million items from over 1000 Australian libraries and other organisations, and it’s growing in size.
  • 1. Firstly, and most importantly it is a single search. In one click you can simultaneously search across groups of information- books, journals, magazines and articles: images: australian digitised newspapers: diaries, letters, archives: maps: music, sound, video: archived websites, about people and organisations. 2. Secondly you can browse through these groups or zones one at a time if you prefer to only seek one type of content for example newspapers. 3. Thirdly you are able to restrict your searches to – online content only
  • Margaret Catchpole gets a lot of results across nearly all zones.
  • Result Margaret Catchpole - see that results are grouped into zones - see the facets down the side, can restrict on items based on type; e.g date; availability; language and Australian content Note that instead of a single search results list appearing the results are grouped into the same zones that we saw on the home page . You can see in each zone how many results are found. Most searches retrieve vast numbers of results because of the wealth and richness of the repository that is being searched. It is likely that you will want to refine or limit your search results and you can do this by using the facets on the left hand side of the screen. The facets change depending what content you are looking at, so for example the book, journal, magazine and article zone has a facet to refine by braille book or audio book.
  • More results in zones
  • More results zones. NOTE the List on the right hand side. Explain Lists function.
  • As mentioned before, you are able to restrict your searches to – online content only, and/or content held in locations near to you. This is a very useful feature See the changes to the results lists in the various zones when this is done. Books went from 94 to 61. I am now going to drill down further into the results in some of the zones to show you some other features of the service, starting with the books. Let’s start with selecting the second book in the list about margaret catchpole. (Haithi trust - collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries )
  • Allows you to flip through like reading a normal book.
  • As mentioned, her letters are famous and they are part of an edited collection which are written about in this online article.
  • Journal article about the book (which can be viewed online as well). Compilation of letters which provide personal narratives of Australia and social conditions - 1788-1900.
  • If you want to refine your results to Online ones only, click Online link. Or a particular DECADE.
  • The check boxes to restrict the content to online or anything else are always visible so that they can be checked or unchecked at any point in the search.
  • From the digitised Women’s Weekly on Trove. Great story and picture. Demonstrates how she has captured the imaginations of many generations.
  • As well as Trove the Library has other ...
  • The family history webpage has FAQ, lists of our resources and is a portal to other useful pages e.g. State archives, genie soc’s etc. The Family history sources guide (rainbow) lists family history sources available for self-service in the Open Access area of the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room on the Lower Ground Floor. It is divided into sections for each Australian State and selected overseas countries. Use this guide to locate useful indexes and records in microform, paper or electronic formats related to a variety of things including: Births, deaths and marriages, Cemetery transcripts, Convicts, Electoral rolls, Government records, Immigration and shipping, Inquests and probate, Land records, Naturalisation, Newspapers, Parish registers. Show hard copy TAKE HARDCOPY TO TALK. Talk about how you can use it to plan your visit .
  • Go through points on screen/slide
  • Note link to Rainbow guide
  • The links send you straight to the family history pages of the relevant services.
  • So this is what the links look like. Convict transportation registers goes to a SLQ database. Next slide
  • Can use this information to do a search in Trove or NLA catalogue to see if there is a library near you with this resource.
  • Other material of interest to family historians can also be found using the Library's catalogue. Helps when planning your visit – request books at home and ready when you arrive.
  • Use the catalogue to request books online. Books held for five days . If you live outside Canberra you can also order copies via the Order a Copy tab. May not be possible to copy the whole item due to copyright, particularly if the item has been published recently. Submit your request and we will advise you if it cannot be copied. Copies can be emailed to you.
  • Explain search results and links on the page. Explain can use the catalogue to search and request online hard copy material.
  • Can narrow results. Highlight “Other full-text resources” This section provides links to online full-text resources available from Project Gutenberg, Hathi Trust and Open Library.
  • You can use the catalogue to find full-text online resources. E.g.....
  • More than 150 FH resources There are links through the catalogue to digitised collection items and electronic resources or you can go through eResources page. Browse Categories: Breaks down the resources into various subject headings Searching e-resources: Search for a title databases
  • Today just focussing on a selection of those that are either freely available or can be used by registered National Library Readers simply logging into the National Library's eresources portal. While we subscribe to, Origins Network and FindmyPast due to licensing restrictions you need to come into the Library building to use these databases
  • You can access a wealth of English Newspapers via the Gale News Vault This service allows cross-searching of the Gale range of historical newspaper collections. Users can simultaneously search or browse across the Times Digital Archive, the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection, the Financial Times Historical Archive, the 19th Century British Library Newspapers, the 19th Century UK Periodicals, and the Illustrated London News Historical Archive
  • You can see here by simply searching for Margaret catchpole that we have 57 results across the newspapers in this collection. Like trove you can see where the search terms appear on the page An excellent newspaper for images is the Illustrated London News. Unfortunatly there aren't any image results for Margaret catchpole as the Illustrated London news is only available from 1842- 2003 & for obvious reasons I won’t do a search for the Nile.
  • This is an example of what you might find in the Illustrated London News Here we have an excellent image of the Waterwitch in 1842
  • This service brings together rare journals printed between 1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion. Again this is accessible via our eResources portal What we can see here is the results for a search of Catchpole and assizes assizes , were periodic criminal courts held around England and Wales until 1972, when they were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court . The assizes heard the most serious cases What this provides is a report of the trial of Margaret Catchpole.
  • The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is a fully searchable database detailing the lives of non-elite people which contains accounts of over 197,700 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. Freely available Can search by punishment, time period, offence, alias, name, verdict, keywords
  • An example of what you can find in PoOB is the Trial of ANN LEMON for the offence of Deception > fraud, 17th February 1796. Offence: Deception > fraud Verdict: Guilty 226.   ANN LEMON was indicted for   obtaining, under false pretences, on the 18th of November , a pair of worsted stockings, value 2s. 4d. and a muslin handkerchief, value 2s. the property of   Joseph Todd .   LUCY TODD sworn. I live in  Fore-street ; I am the wife of   Joseph Todd ; I am a haberdasher ; I know the prisoner; I never saw her till the time that I served her: On the 18th of November, between the hours of four and five she came to me, and said, she was come from Mr. Richardson, in Little Trinity-lane, for a pair of common worsted stockings for her mistress, and a muslin handkerchief for the little girl to go to school in; that is all I served her with. Q. What is Mr. Richardson's name? - A. Henry. Q. Do you know the little girl's name? - A. Mary. Q. Was Mr.   Richardson a customer of your's? - A. Yes; they were particular good customers. Q. What is the value of the stockings? - A. Two shillings and four-pence, and the handkerchief two shillings; I delivered the goods myself; I thought she was a servant of Mr. Richardson's at that time.   MARY RICHARDSON sworn. I live at the Farnham-castle, in Little Trinity-lane; my husband is a publican. Q. Do you know the prisoner? - A. Yes; she lived as servant with me. Q. When did she quit your service? - A. The 21st of July. Q. Did you send her in November last to Mrs. Todd's? - A. I never saw her from the time she quitted my service, till she was taken up by the constable, which was in December, I believe. Q. Did you ever send her in the month of November for any clothes to Mrs. Todd? - A. No, I did not. Q. You have a little girl? - A. Yes. Q. What is her name? - A. Mary-Ann Richardson. Prisoner's defence. I have nothing at all to say. GUILTY . (Aged 19.) Transported for seven years . Tried by the second London Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERGEANT.
  • Another worthwhile resource of note is Connected Histories. Connected Histories provides an integrated search facility for interrogating 11 major electronic resources in early modern and 19th-century British history. The single federated search allows searching of names, places and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal workspace. The resources are:, Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online 1674-1914, British History Online, British Museum Images, British newspapers 1600-1900, Charles booth Archive, Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835, House of commons Parliamentary Papers, John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, John Strype's Survey of London Online, London Lives 1690-1800. These resources are either available free on the internet or via subscription; the National Library of Australia currently subscribes to all except one (the John Johnson collection of ephemera).
  • The National Library participates in a variety of social media. Each network has its own particular uses. In addition to National Library of Australia branded media, there is also Trove branded services, including their Blog (for weekly blog posts), online Forum (for discussion) and YouTube channel (for video and screencasts). Facebook The Library uses our Facebook account to let you know about major events, activities and recent acquisitions. We post photos, videos and links to resources about the Library. Podcasts The Library records many of the talks and presentations held here. We make these available as podcasts so you can listen to them any time you like. Blogs Behind the scenes blog where you can find out how we collect, digitise and preserve our material. The eloquent page the National Library of Australia's fringe publishing blog. Handwritten , a blog to accompany the Handwritten exhibition.
  • Twitter The Library uses our Twitter account to notify of news, relevant items from our collection and events. Participating in social media is a two-way street, we also pay attention to what other people are saying about us.
  • Trovealso has a Twitter account. It focuses on items exposed by this discovery service. In this example Margaret catchpole post.
  • YouTube hosts videos of many of the events held at the Library, behind the scenes interviews for many of our publications and there are videos on how to use the Library including using Microform Scanners and how to use our eresources
  • NAA shake your family tree talk 2012

    1. 1. ‘Byte’ into family history at the National Library Tom Foley and Gwyn Wilding
    2. 2. Margaret Catchpole (1762-1819)
    3. 3. Online resources• Trove• NLA website: – Family history webpage – Catalogue – eResources • Other online resources
    4. 4. Trove• Over 250,000,000 resources• Thousands of libraries and other institutions• Run and managed by the National Library• Loved by family history researchers
    5. 5. Remove filters
    6. 6. website: – Family history webpage – Catalogue – eResources
    7. 7. Family history webpage• Frequently asked family history questions• Listing of major resources in the collection• Listing of selected websites• Family history sources guide
    8. 8. • State and territory libraries and archives• Family history societies• BDMs, cemeteries• Immigration• Convicts• Military service records
    9. 9. Catalogue
    10. 10. Requesting online
    11. 11. Narrowing results
    12. 12. Narrowing results
    13. 13. Online books
    14. 14.
    15. 15. eResources• Gale Newsvault; - Times Digital Archive - 19th Century British Library Newspapers - Illustrated London News• Eighteenth Century Journals: Newspapers and Periodicals 1685 – 1815• Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 -1913
    16. 16. Gale News Vault
    17. 17. Gale News Vault
    18. 18. Illustrated London News 1842 -1903 "Launch of The Waterwitch." Illustrated London News 22 June 1844
    19. 19. Eighteenth Century Journals:Newspapers and Periodicals 1685 - 1815
    20. 20. Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1913
    21. 21. Trial of Ann Lemon February 1796
    22. 22. Connected Histories
    23. 23. Social media• Twitter @nlagovau, @TroveAustralia• Twitter #SYFT12• Facebook• Youtube• Podcasts• Blogs
    24. 24. @nlagovau
    25. 25. @TroveAustralia
    26. 26. YouTube
    27. 27. Opening hoursMain Reading Room Monday to Thursday - 9:00am-9:00pm Friday and Saturday - 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday - 1:30pm-5:00pmNewspaper & Microform Reading Room Monday to Saturday - 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday - Closed