Genealogy, or Family History, has become one of the fastest growing interests for many people in recent years. The television show 'Who Do You Think Your are?' has helped immensely in fuelling that interest.
Eden, with its rich history in whaling, fishing, forest industry, farming and grazing has become a popular destination for people whose ancestors were involved in those activities.
A rich indigenous history has also been part of this area and much of this culture has been documented and continues to be so by indigenous historians.
Organisations where family history researchers, both new and experienced, may find useful resources are:
Eden Killer Whale Museum
The museum has an excellent library and research facility with extensive local family history material. Included in this material are books, documents, photographs, CD roms, oral history accounts, copies of diaries, Government records and official papers. Copies of the Magnet newspaper, from 1911 to the present day are available to look at and most have been digitized. Also available are approximately 10,000 photographs that were taken by the Magnet newspaper and used in various articles over many years.
The library and research facility is open Monday and Thursday mornings 9am - 12.30pm and other times by appointment if a staff member is available. The Museum research officer can research on your behalf, for a fee, or you can come and do your own research. Printouts cost 20 cents per A4page.
http://www.killerwhalemuseum.com.au/ Eden Killer Whale Library and Research Facilities
Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc.
The Genealogy Society is housed in the Old Court House in Pambula. They have an extensive collection of local history and genealogy material both local and from out of the area. Included in their collection are numerous books, photos, documents and microfiche related to local history and genealogy. They also hold CDs of information from various states governments records.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 12.30pm and Saturday mornings (or as advertised on the door)
The Society is located at the Old Court House, 42 Toalla Street, Pambula.
Postal address: P.O. Box 19, Pambula, NSW, 2549.
Bega Valley Library Services
Our local libraries have much to offer the family historian. All library branches in the Bega Valley Shire have a local history collection with the main collection held at Bega Library. While the collection is available to everyone, for preservation reasons, it is a reference only.
The Local and Family History Collection includes books, newspapers, microfilm, fiche, CD-roms and a reference service. There is free access to 'Ancestry Library Edition' and 'Find My Past' online databases at libraries in Eden, Merimbula, Bega and Bermagui, either via the library's computers or the free Wifi service. The library has an ongoing photograph digitisation project where anyone can loan the library historical photographs for digitisation and inclusion in the library's catalogue.
The Eden branch of the library is open Tuesday - Friday, 9.30am - 5pm and Saturday 9.00am - noon.
The Local and Family History Librarian is available to provide initial guidance with your research. Please make an appointment with Linda Albertson at the Bega Library on 6499 2127
Merimbula Old School Museum
The museum has some local family history material and is open Tues., Thurs. and Sun. 2pm - 4.30pm.
Phone 02 6495 9166
Latterday Saints Family History Centre
This facility is in Merimbula and you need to telephone to book a computer.
The Latterday Saints free website, https://www.familysearch.org/ is one of the most useful and extensive genealogical databases on the web. Their collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa as well as Australia and many items can be loaned to local family history centers.
Family historians can order films via the internet using a credit or debit card.
Register with the site and when you find the film you would like to order click on Library, enter your place, name ect. You will need to click a few times to find the page with the film number. When you register a list of Family History Libraries will be shown. Click on Merimbula Family History Centre. The films you order will be sent there. You will be notified when they arrive and you will have 90 days to view them
Address: 27 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula (Next to the Caltex service station and Woolworths)
Hours of operation are Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Telephone: 02 6495 2568
Monaro Pioneers The Eden/Monaro Pioneers database contains over 330,000 names - all the currently identified individuals and families from the Eden/Monaro region and surrounding areas as well.
Trove One of the best online resources for the study of Australian history is the website of the National Library of Australia which has undertaken the mammoth task of digitally reproducing many of Australia's newspapers, including many regional as well national papers.
Included in the collection:
The Bega Budget (NSW : 1905 - 1921)
The Bega Gazette and County of Auckland Advertiser (NSW : 1865)
The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser (NSW : 1865 - 1899)
The Bega Standard and Candelo, Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Wolumla, and General Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1884)