An un-success story, so far… now resolved (see below)

… or a proverbial brick wall! If you can help with further information please contact us. Early in 2016 with some waiting time on my hands, I ventured into the Victor Harbor Antiques Shop on Eyre Street. Typically, it’s crammed with old stuff. As I browsed I noticed at floor level a dusty but charming […] Read more »

Earthquake around Encounter Bay

Were any of your relatives living in the district in 1897? From Trove Newspapers http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87695601 comes the following….. Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954) Saturday 15 May 1897 THE SHOCK IN THE COUNTRY. A correspondent writing from Victor Harbor says :— “On Monday afternoon, at about half past 2 o’clock, the inhabitants of Port […] Read more »

DNA Testing. Is it worthwhile?

My Experience with DNA Testing. I have come to a few roadblocks in my family tree, so in August this year I decided to see if DNA testing could help. In case anyone else is interested in going down this path, I have put together a few notes on my experiences. What is DNA all […] Read more »

2015 Obituaries Project

Thanks to the hard work and long hours of effort by a number of members of our group, History Month in May saw the publication of the 2015 Obituaries Project, which covered more areas in the Encounter Bay district. An Index of surnames can be found under the Obituaries Project tab on this website. Copies […] Read more »

Project Underway For 2015

25th September, 2014 We can report that our Obituaries & Reports of Death Project for History Week, 2015 is well under way. Our plan is to have a collection of as many as possible obituaries and reports of death containing the search terms as follows….. Port Victor Encounter Bay Waitpinga Hindmarsh Valley Inman Valley When […] Read more »

Missing Obituaries

We’re pleased to say we have been contacted by a reader and notified of an obituary for Victor “Harbour” that has been missed in our collection. The obituary has been noted and filed and will eventually be added to our collection.  In the meantime, if any readers come across any other obituaries for Victor Harbor/Victor […] Read more »

History Month Project 2014

The Obituaries Database information has been gathered by members of the Encounter Bay Family History Group from the Trove Digitised Newspaper Collection (National Library of Australia). This year we have tackled collecting the obituaries for Victor Harbor/Victor Harbour (using both spellings). We do not claim to have found every obituary — errors and omissions are […] Read more »

Recollections of a Veteran

The following newspaper articles have been found by one of our members as a result of her research into the BALD family in South Australia, of which she is a descendant. (By a special Reporter: “The Observer”. Saturday July 14 1917) What Mr George Bald has not seen or heard of life on the ocean […] Read more »

Believe Everything You Read on a Census?

Not necessarily, as the example brought to our February 2013 meeting by one of our members proved. One resident of the UK home as filled in by the Head of the household read….. Name and Surname: Tobit Crackit  age 8 Relation to head of family: Tom Cat Marriage Particulars: Married with 16 children born alive; […] Read more »

Family History Area, Victor Harbor Library

Monday 3 September 2012 saw the official opening of the revamped History Area of the Victor Harbor Library in a very informal ceremony with a gathering of staff and members of the Friends of the Victor Harbor Library and the Encounter Bay Family History Group. Scones and jam and cream were enjoyed after which Head […] Read more »