Inverell Family History Group destroyed by fire, not the Inverell Genealogical & Historical Society

I have been forwarded the following email regarding the fire in Inverell:

Due to the number of phone calls and E-mails that we have received we have decided to let everyone know that the Inverell Genealogical & Historical Society Inc is not the one named in the news about a Historic Building being gutted by fire in Inverell.

The fire was in the Byron Arcade building which housed a Butchers shop, A Legacy opportunity Shop,  A crystal spiritual shop, a Café And a youth assistance centre as well 2 or 3 other shops on the ground floor and the Inverell District Family History Group shop front and research room. The shops were completely gutted as well as the 14 apartments on the first floor which because smoke alarms were fitted the tenants all escaped without any injuries. All the contents of the shops and apartments were completely destroyed and all that stands now is the façade and some of the other brick walls. An engineers inspection is being carried out to see if the building can be resurrected, we hope this is the case.

The Inverell District Family History Group has lost all their archives, books, family histories as well as various other records on paper and film as well as their CD collection, which are almost all irreplaceable. The computer photo copier and cabinets can be replaced but the records are all lost

You can go to www.inverelltimes.com.au to see the full headline story in the Inverell Times of Tuesday January 26th.

We will add a story in our February E-History Newsletter, and hope by then to know if the building is to be demolished or not.

Editor:  Inverell Genealogical & Historical Society Inc

World Vital Records half-price subscription ends today

World Vital Records is one of the more recent entrants to the online genealogy records market, and has access to a lot of material from Archive CD Books and the Queensland Family History Society.

Their World Collection, which includes Australia, New Zealand and the UK, is normally double this price, and so this is great value. If you are already a subscriber the year will be added on the end. I am now a subscriber until March 2011!

This is a real bargain. It cost me $72.77 in Australian dollars this morning.

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World Vital Records free access extended to 18th August

The free access announced on the 11th August has proved so popular that they are extending the deadline to the 18th August.

I already have an account with them which I use frequently. Government Gazettes, Police Gazettes, directories, and a lot of content from Queensland FHS make this worthwhile to have a good hard look around!

The ad seems to have miraculously changed, but the half-price offer for the World collection is a great deal, especially if you have, as I do, ancestors from the States as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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