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Private Lives, Public Records

Family History Resources at Public Record Office Victoria

By: Bronwyn Fensham, Barbara Wels and Kasia Zygmuntowicz

Published: 2004

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors?  How, when and why they came to Victoria, where they settled, what they did for a living? (And what is that rattling in the closet?)

The answers to these and many other questions can be found at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).  PROV holds Victoria’s state archives, keeping the records of past generations in trust for this generation and those to come.

Private Lives, Public Records is an essential guide to navigating your way into and through PROV’s enormous collection.


Family history can be a labyrinth.  Trace your own story with confidence by following the basics of establishing your family tree, using our helpful tips and shortcuts, and reading family history case studies.  For seasoned travellers, as well as those just starting out, this book is brimming with information about popular and less well-known records on immigrations, land and housing, education, employment, health and legal issues.  It also provides tantalising glimpses of other paths to explore.

Whether your family history journey leads you down well-trodden paths or on more shadowy detours, don’t leave home without Private Lives, Public Records to show you the way.

Product Details

ISBN: 1 876677 53 8
Audience: Family historians
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 2004
Weight (kg): 0.5

Price: $10.00

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