Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – What Were You Doing in 1995?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week, the mission was:

1) Do you recall what you were doing in 1995?  Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

In 1995, I wasn’t working.  I was (and still am) a single mother, caring for my daughter who has autism.  My husband and I had separated a couple of years before, and my son had gone to live with his father.

My daughter and I were living in the house owned by one of my sisters in Coburg, a suburb of Melbourne.

My daughter was going to Croxton Special School in Northcote.  When she first started there, the bus for the school would stop outside our house, but later, I’m not certain exactly when, the street was turned into a one-way street, and we then walked down to the end of the street to meet the bus.

I had started working on my family history in 1991, after receiving a family tree from my brother-in-law at Christmas in 1990.  Since my daughter was at school in 1995, this gave me more time to work on my family history.

Prior to 1995, I had been doing most of my research at the local library.  Our local library had a small room with a couple of microfiche readers, and the birth, death and marriage indexes for Victoria, the Victorian Assisted Immigration lists, the Fawkner Cemetery register and a number of Victorian Post Office Directories.  I continued to use this library in 1995.

In 1995, while my daughter was at school, I now had the time to visit the State Library of Victoria as well, in Melbourne.  The State Library had a number of additional collections to help with my family history research.  Their collections included:

  • Birth, death and marriage indexes from all Australian states on microfiche
  • Electoral rolls and directories from all Australian states on microfiche
  • Cemetery records from around Australia on microfiche
  • The inquest index for Victoria on microfiche
  • The probate index for Victoria on microfiche
  • Newspaper collections from around Australia, and a few from overseas – microfilm and the original copies of the latest newspapers
  • A few overseas parish registers and the International Genealogical Index, as well as indexes to some of the UK censuses (on microfiche)
  • The library also contains a large collections of books

In 1995, I was also contacted by a distant cousin, who sent me a whole lot of information on my dad’s family (the Whimpey family).

At the time, I didn’t yet have a computer.  I did have an electric typewriter, which I used to type letters to relatives, but I used pen/pencil and paper to make my notes, and to try and organize my research.

Our holiday that year would have been at Christmas, when we went down to stay with my dad at Wonthaggi.  Kilcunda had been our regular (favourite) holiday spot when I was growing up, and mum and dad had moved to the closest large town, Wonthaggi, in 1988 (mum died in 1990). My aunt Margaret (mum’s sister) was also living at Kilcunda, so we would visit her as well during our holiday.