Unlocking family histories

Colac and District Family History Group’s Ian Whytcross examines a historical map of Colac which features in the group’s new window display.

A COLLECTION of historical maps could help Colac and district residents unlock their family history.

The Colac and District Family History Group has a new display of town maps dating back to the 1800s.

The group’s map co-ordinator Ian Whytcross said people often overlooked maps when researching their ancestry.

The collection includes land title certificates and photos of early houses in the district.

Colac and District Family History Group president Liz Spence encouraged people to visit the group’s volunteers at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre.

The group will unveil a new window display at COPACC each month and will have an open night on April 6 for people interested in family history.

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