Yesterday (13 November 2013)  I attended the Victorian Archives Centre Stakeholder meeting on behalf of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA).

Some exciting developments were shared with us.
By the end of this month a new probate index will be launched covering 1841-2007.

An agreement has been signed with FamilySearch to digitise wills and probate records from 1926 – 1937 extending the digitisation of those records which is currently up to 1925.

An agreement with another company is close to being finalised to digitise all the current microform holdings that have been produced by the Public Record Office. And further discussions with others are being held around additional digitisation projects.  Accessibility of frequently used items of the collection looks to be taking a great leap forward!

There was a presentation on online transformation and redevelopment of the website of the Public Record Office (PROV). Building and delivery of the website will occur up until 2015.  The current disparate components of the website:

  • Access the collection
  • PROV online indexes
  • PROV wiki

will be integrated. Website standards, including accessibilty standards, will be incorporated.

A beta site may be available this time next year.  It will run in parallel with the existing website while any issues are sorted out.

There was some discussion about availability of the collection via Trove.  At the moment metadata is shared with . Have a look at!/class=collection/p=1/group=Public%20Record%20Office%20Victoria/ to get new insights into the PROV’s collection.

The discussion also covered

  • regional archives centres including the new reading room for the Bendigo Archives Centre
  • the Local History Grants program and the Victorian Community History Awards
  • the new exhibition over summer will be Streets of Melbourne opening on 25 November
  • following on from the success of the first open day, another is being panned for March 2014

At the round table at the end of the meeting updates from other stakeholders included

On 1 February moved this post across from my other blogging site (A Family Historian from Ballarat) as I have decided to have only one blog.