Are you looking to start your Family Tree? Are you interested in genealogy? The Geelong Heritage Centre is a great place to start the search for your ancestry. Staff at the Geelong Heritage Centre may be able to help you to kick start the search.
Genealogy has become more popular than ever, and it's good to know that you can always head into the Geelong Heritage Centre and do some research. Have you always wanted to find out who you ancestors were? What their lives were like? Anytime is a great time to start the Family Tree, or to start searching for your history.
Inside the Geelong Heritage Centre
At the Geelong Heritage Centre there is a wide variety of genealogical resources relating to people who have lived in Geelong and the Geelong area. You can also access the birth, death and marriages indexes for all Australian states at the Geelong Heritage Centre.
Geelong Heritage Centre Microfilmed and Digitised Records
Some of the more popular records have been microfilmed or digitised for the convenience of the keepers of the records (genealogy buffs, that is). There is usually one or two members of your family who are interested in your roots and they will spend hours, days or weeks browsing through old records. The microfilmed and digitised records at the Geelong Heritage Centre are available to use in the reading room.
Some of the microfilmed records include:
Births, deaths and marriages (BDMs), Rate books, Minute books, Geelong Advertiser, Postal directories, Burials.
Some of the more popular records on microfiche are:
Cemeteries, Births, deaths and marriages, Maps, plans and sale notices.
The Geelong Advertised is one of the most used resources at the Geelong Heritage Centre (resource on microfilm). The Geelong Heritage Centre holds issues of the Geelong Advertiser newspaper from 1840 until current (just a few months ago) copies of the Geelong Advertiser.
The staff at the Geelong Heritage Centre are happy to help. Ask the staff about the newest digitised records available for viewing and printing.
Reference Books, Geelong Heritage Centre
Geelong Heritage Centre Reference Books
Visitors can access thousands of reference books in the reading room. Books cover subjects such as gold mining and agriculture. Or you could find information about specific interests like the 1926 Art Deco beautification of Eastern Beach or the history of the Theatre Royal.
Reference Books Accessibility
The reference library catalogue is available on computers in the reading room and online. Perform a keyword or phrase search and write down the call numbers of books you would like to look at.
Select books from the reference shelves and take them over to a work table. When you've finished with the books just leave them on the table and staff will put them back on the shelves. How's that for service?
Reference Book Use. The Heritage Centre doesn't lend books to the public. Just as many libraries have books in a reference section which cannot be taken home, the entire collection of books (at the Geelong Heritage Centre) is a reference library.
Work site of the new Library & Heritage Centre
At the moment, the Geelong Regional Library and the Geelong Heritage Centre have been relocated. The old site is in the middle of massive works as the city of Geelong builds a new Library and Heritage Centre.
Geelong Wool Museum / Geelong Heritage Centre
During the construction of the new building, the Heritage Centre has been temporary relocated to the National Wool Museum at 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong. The reference library collection has been decreased. While staff have made every effort to keep the most popular books on site, if the book you want is not available please ask a staff member to order it in for you.
Historical Publications for Sale
Geelong Heritage Centre has a range of historical publications for sale. The publications for sale are also on the reference library shelves.
Extended Opening Hours
The Geelong Heritage Centre is now open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday at the National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool Street.
The Geelong Heritage Centre's Reading Room is now located on the Top Floor of the National Wool Museum. Enter the building via the Geelong Wool Museum shop on Moorabool Street, and let the shop assistants know that you are going up to the Heritage Centre. They'll give you a pass to wear while you are visiting.
Head up the ramps until you get to the top, and continue straight ahead. The signage will point you in the right direction.
Admission is free. There are costs for photocopying, printing from microfiche/film, photographic reproduction, map and plan reproduction. Good luck with your family tree research.
The new Geelong Regional Library and Geelong Heritage Centre will be completed in 2015, and the new building will be located in the old space in Little Malop Street, opposite the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC).
Artist's impression of the new Geelong Library / Heritage Centre