BDGS Finalist in Ballarat Heritage Awards

Ballarat & District Genealogical Society was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Ballarat Heritage Awards in the category of Heritage Innovation. Members are innovative in their use of multimedia to share family history information about Ballarat people from the 1850s to the present day.

The Society has produced numerous electronic indexes of Ballarat's primary paper records and has paid for the digitisation of The Ballarat Star (1855-1870) on Trove.

- On a daily basis our volunteers support community members who care for heritage by helping family historians and visitors with their interest in Ballarat's heritage.

- We communicate, promote and celebrate heritage at family history days and have done so at the Ballarat Heritage Weekend s!ince its inception.

However we consider our most important means of reaching out to people globally has always been our website which was first developed by Life Member, Daryl Povey, at the dawn of the internet. The content subsequently grew over almost two decades to become the largest genealogical website in Australia.

Since November 2013 the website has been redesigned by professionals to be responsive to viewing on a variety of electronic devices. It is now image-rich with the addition of many beautiful historic photos and drawings of Ballarat as well as video on demand. Our e-commerce facility has been enhanced for the sale of our indexes and the provision of research for people all over the world. The industrial strength content management system handles databases in a variety of formats and the entire website is fully searchable. With the inclusion of new content we are very pleased to be able to present such a polished addition to genealogical research in the Ballarat region.