Research group to hold AGM

By Benalla Ensign

The Benalla family research group will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 30, at the group rooms in Church St at 3pm.

The group has made enormous advances since its inception 35 years ago, when its assets were a box of micro fiche and use of a loaned reader.

Assets now include more than 3000 books relating to local and Australian history, 300 CDs regarding local and Victorian cemeteries, early Government Gazettes to 1900, and a collection of overseas material.

They also have a collection of local family histories donated by genealogists who have completed their family research, or are now focusing on another branch of their family.

The group has also gathered records from most of the Benalla churches and all the Benalla schools.

These provide an interesting history of pioneers, celebrities and the everyday people who have helped Benalla grow and shaped the town since early settlement.

A copy of the 1869–1943 Shire rates is also available to view and highlights such information as who lived in your house before you, and where your ancestors may have lived in Benalla.

Several members of the group are indexing the rate books to make it easier to find family histories.

Others are indexing the vast collection of birth, death and marriage certificates, which have accumulated over the years.

Recently, thanks to a generous donor, the group have been able to acquire a number of computers, a photocopier and a server.

They would like to invite any past members of the Benalla Family History Group to come along to the rooms sometime to see the improvements for themselves.

All are invited to the AGM on May 30 at 3pm, which includes a light supper afterwards.