Greetings from Cobram Genealogical Group in Victoria. We hope you will find some interesting information and will free to contribute or make comments.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April Happenings!

Our monthly meeting was held on April 14th at our rooms at the Old School House. We had a very imformative evening.

Our newest member K. Dyer had in his possession an old diary that had belonged to his great great grandfather Joseph Bird Burgess who kept diaries every year of his working life as a piano tuner. Sadly, it seems only the 1872 edition survived. Mr Dyer kindly read some excerpts from the diary relating to his ancestors visits to the Cobram district. He has consented to us publishing some of the entries on this blog. So stay tuned in the coming months for more on this. 

Just a bit of background information on J B Burgess:
Joseph Bird Burgess (b. 19.6.1830 Watworth, Kent, England, and died 20.3.1907 Geelong, Victoria, Australia). His wife Margaret nee Foster (b. 23.3.1833, Gillingham, Kent England, and died at Hay, NSW 10/1/1895). They married on 1/8/1852 at Bredhurst, England, and sailed to Port Phillip on the 895 ton S.S.Wandsworth. He was 23 years old, and his wife 19 y.o. They left England on 7/9/1852, arriving Port Phillip 1/1/1853.

"JBB" was a pianoforte tuner and Professor of Music. He was a very religious man, who enjoyed singing, tuning pianos, writing and selling music, hated the hot weather day and night! And continually worried about his financial position...

JB's 1872 diary contains information of all his trips tuning pianos in the Southern Riverina, and northern Victoria during that year.

A Web 2 Demonstration Was given by this blog writer. Notes from the talk are following................


RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds can make reading web pages an bding kept up to date on information gathering activities more efficient.

RSS feeds enable you to collect new content from your favourite websites in one place. An RSS feed will automatically alert you to new content by sending a summary of the new content to your pc for your use. Each feed includes a headline, some descriptive content, and a URL that links back to the original content or website for more information.

RSS is also used for distributing other types of digital content including audio, video or pictures. Podcasting refers to the automatic ‘feeding’ of audio content (usually in MP3 format) to your desktop for you to listen to on your computer or MP3 player.


You will need a feed-reader like what you read for email programs. There is a choice of readers to suit all needs. Some are programs you download and install on your computer; others are web-based services such as Bloglines and Google Reader which are both free applications.

The other option is to use one of the latest web browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or 8, Firefox 3, Opera and Safari have built-in RSS readers.

The reader will enable you to organise the RSS feeds in your personal collection, for example in folders (much like an email program).


RSS feeds are identified by this icon:

To subscribe to an RSS feed, go to the RSS webpage, select ‘Subscribe’ for the feed you are interested in. This will load the RSS page for you.

To use the feed reader in your browser:

For Firefox browsers

Click < Subscribe Now>

In the popup window, choose a folder in your Bookmarks for the RSS feeds


For Internet Explorer 7 or 8 browsers

At the top of the page, click on

In the popup window, choose a folder in your Bookmarks for the RSS feeds

Click on .

BLOGS – a blog or web log is a type of website that acts as an online journal or diary. This can be added to regularly and can contain images, text, audio and video. It has the ability to allow readers to leave comments.



To set up your own account if you create yourself a google account, then go to http://www.blogger.com/ you can create your own blog.

NINGS – A Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks. It is like facebook. It is designed to appeal to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data. http://www.ning.com//

Genealogy ones - http://looking4kin.ning.com// and http://www.genealogywise.com/

LISTSERVS – an automatic mailing list that you can subscribe to. Rootsweb is the most commonly used Listserv for genealogy at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/

NEWSGROUPS - http://groups.google.com.au/group/soc.genealogy.australia+nz

In Google groups it is possible to do a search for genealogy groups

FORUMS – is an online discussion group, where forums can be created on specific subjects.



Other happenings for the evening included a discussion of Family History Week which is the 31st July to the 7th August. Shepparton Family History Group are having a speaker on Convicts on July 31st. More information will be posted on this as soon as it is available or check the GMAGS website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~gmags/

1 comment:

  1. Really great to see the blog happening and the tips on the social networking forums are easy to follow. Well done!