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The Hawkesbury Family History Group is a support and information group for family historians co-ordinated by the Hawkesbury Library Service. Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January) commencing at 10am in the Tebbutt Room at Hawkesbury Central Library, Deerubbin Centre 300 George Street, Windsor. Guest speakers talk on a variety of topics. There are no joining or membership fees and anyone interested is welcome to attend. To find out what other activities are on offer at the Library (including family history classes) click here

MEETING DATES 2016

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2016
10 February MICHELLE NICHOLS Discovering historical photograph collections
9 March JOHN CANN All about Court & gaol records from State Records
13 April BABETTE SMITH Penal Conditions & the making of the Australian Working Class
11 May CATHERINE BISHOP Colonial businesswomen
8 June CHRIS YEATS What you might find in your ancestors house
13 July  
10 August HEATHER GARNSEY SAG Cemetery collection
14 September  
12 October WAYNE KEDWARD Portals to Family History
9 November CATHY McHARDY A stroll around Kurrajong village
14 December Show & Tell plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2015

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2015
11 February ALLAN MURRIN Exploring the Familysearch website
11 March KATHERINE McKENZIE Putty tales & trails
8 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Hawkesbury Home front talk
13 May NOELINE KYLE Not So Ordinary Women — Researching & Writing Women in Family History
10 June ALASDAIR McGREGOR The life of Francis Greenway and Windsor’s St. Matthew’s Church
8 July MICHELLE NICHOLS Pitfalls in family history: strategies for family history
12 August MELISSA HULBERT Restoring family photographs
9 September BABETTE SMITH Penal conditions and the making of the Australian working class
14 October JILL BALL Do the right thing 
11 November MICHELLE PATIENT Is it true? Facts, fun & fiction in family history
9 December Show & Tell plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2014

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2014
12 February LORRAINE TURTLE Beyond birth, death and marriage certificates
12 March CATHY McHARDY A stroll around Richmond
9 April GAIL DAVIS I’ve been working on the railways (State Records Railway records)
14 May MICHELLE NICHOLS Some Hawkesbury Journeys (Celebrating Heritage Festival theme and looking at journeys of some of the local inhabitants)
11 June JOY SHEPHERD St Stephens Church Kurrajong – the records and the families
9 July DR ANNE-MAREE WHITAKER William Cox and Cox's Road
13 August DR PERRY McINTYRE Single female emigration in the 1830s & 1840s : NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY MONTH
10 September JONATHAN AULD Researching WW1 soldiers
8 October BEN MERCER Ancestry.com.au - researching family history in the digital age
12 November MICHELLE NICHOLS 150 years of Blacktown to Richmond Railway line
10 December Show & Tell plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2013

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2013
13 February ANN HOWARD Magic of Dangar Island
13 March JILL BALL The Art of Blogging
10 April JANETTE PELOSI Sentenced Beyond the Seas
8 May MICHELLE NICHOLS Community Milestones – putting your Hawkesbury ancestor into context (18 April – 18 May 2013 HERITAGE FESTIVAL)
12 June CHRISTINE YEATS Tracing ancestors in asylums
10 July GAY HENDRICKSON  The female factories & convict women
14 August DR SIOBHAN LAVELLE Crossing the Blue Mountains 1813—2013
11 September KEN BRICE Author of “David Hawkins” - Topic to be confirmed
9 October MARION MCGUIRK & JAN BARKLEY JACK Toongabbie’s Government Farm
13 November STEPHEN DANDO-COLLINS Mistaken identity : the trials of Joe Windred
11 December To be advised

MEETING DATES 2012

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2012
8 February HEATHER GARNSEY SAG in the 21st century – new innovations at the Society of Australian Genealogists
14 March JUDITH DUNN Colonial Ladies, Lovely, Lively and Lamentably Loose (convict women)
11 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Innovations & Inventions focussing on the Hawkesbury ~ HERITAGE FESTIVAL
9 May JULIE & JOHN SWORD "Family: the first century" history of the Sword family
13 June CAROL LISTON Accessing Land Titles records
11 July LAURIE FORTH Life of Margaret Catchpole
8 August MICHELLE NICHOLS Family history - how things have changed? Celebrating HFHG 30th birthday
12 September VICKI ELDRIDGE Teacher and school history records
10 October JONATHAN AULD Identifying and preserving old photographs
14 November ANGELA PHIPPEN Wises Post office Directories for family and local research
12 December SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party - bring a plate to celebrate

MEETING DATES 2011

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2011
9 February RALPH HAWKINS Faces & Places - Dating Family Photographs
9 March SUZANNA VOYTAS ‘Elizabeth’ 1828 - the worst & most turbulent voyage
13 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Your amazing stories – how to ensure your story lives on (Heritage Week)
11 May ANDY MACQUEEN Frederick Robert D'Arcy: colonial surveyor, explorer and artist
8 June KAREN ROGERS Guild of One Name Studies
13 July GEOFF CANNON First Titleholders of Land in the nineteen counties of NSW
10 August CASSIE MERCER From Rebels to Bride Thieves: stories of our Early Irish Convicts
14 September MICHELLE NICHOLS Dining in the 19th century (CELEBRATING HISTORY WEEK)
12 October LOUISE WILSON ‘Story-telling: Disinterring Early Convict Settlers of the Hawkesbury’
9 November SHOW & TELL Bring along an item of interest to show. Christmas Party
14 December

NOELINE KYLE Remembering, Recording and Writing Your Family Stories (+ Christmas Party)

MEETING DATES 2010

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2010
10 February VIC KING Fleshing out your family histories
10 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Introduction to FamilySearch facilities at Hawkesbury City Library
14 April SYLVIA MURPHY Researching ancestors in the days of the Raj (British ancestors in India)
12 May Excursion to Powerhouse Museum facility, Castle Hill
9 June CATHY McHARDY Reminiscences of Richmond by Samuel Boughton
14 July MARK ST LEON History of the Circus
11 August MEGAN MARTIN Beyond Mrs Beeton's
8 September HAWKESBURY FAMILY HISTORY GROUP ‘Memories of my ancestor’ group presentations
13 October MICHELLE NICHOLS Treasures on Trove
10 November KIM PHILLIPS Spirits of Gallipoli project
8 December

SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2009

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2009
11 February BRAD ARGENT Discover Ancestry.com.au
11 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Old Registers, Land – New research tool for NSW
8 April JEREMY PALMER English & Welsh Wills for family history
13 May CATHY MCHARDY & ARTHUR COOPER Glossodia history book by Arthur Cooper- official launch by Cathy McHardy – to be confirmed
10 June TED BRILL Tour of Ebenezer Church & Cemetery
8 July DR KEN KNIGHT Colourful Colonial Publicans
12 August ALISON SPENCER History of postcards
10 September MICHELLE NICHOLS Researching Scandals, Crime & Corruption
14 October LINDSAY ALLEN Researching occupations at State Records
11 November

JAN BARKLEY JACK About “Hawkesbury Settlement revealed” book

9 December

SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2008

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2008
13 February DR CAROL LISTON Parramatta Orphan School
12 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Lucy Osburn Women with a Mission - Womens History Month
9 April KAREN MILLS History of the Grono family
14 May DR GRACE KARSKENS New history of early Sydney (Topic to be confirmed)
11 June

GAIL DAVIS Treasures from the State Records

9 July

CAROL BAXTER Scandal and Skulduggery in early Sydney

13 August

JOHN LOW From Inns to Villages : Glimpses of Family Life in the Blue Mountains

10 September

PAUL BRUNTON Rum Rebellion 1808

8 October

MICHELLE NICHOLS Hawkesbury : a peep at the past - from photographs

12 November

CHERYL MONGAN World War 1 records

10 December

SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party

MEETING DATES 2007

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2007
14 February HENRY CHAN Chinese family history research
14 March MARILYN ROWAN NSW Births, deaths & marriage certificates and the transcription service
11 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Family history : back to basics
9 May HELEN DICKINSON Hawkesbury Landholders
13 June TED BRILL History of Ebenezer Church & cemetery
11 July FIONA BURN Photographs for family & local history National Archives of Australia
8 August LAURIE FORTH Life & times of Margaret Catchpole
12 September Excursion to State Records at Western Sydney Records Centre 143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood 2747
10 October MICHELLE NICHOLS NSW Police Gazettes
14 November JEREMY PALMER UK family history sources
12 December SHOW & TELL Bring along an item of interest & end of year party

MEETING DATES 2006

January NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2006
8 February HEATHER GARNSEY NSW Government Gazettes & AGCI (Australian Genealogy Computer Index)
8 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Census records in family history research
12 April JAN HERIVEL World War 1 research : Castlereagh soldiers
10 May ROBYNNE WINLEY My Hawkesbury convict ancestors
14 June TRIVIA QUIZ???? Everyone welcome, come along & have some fun!!
12 July CATHY McHARDY Place names in the Hawkesbury district
9 August Snapshots of grandfathers & grandfathers (small 5 min presentations by members of the group)
13 September JEANETTE PELOSI Murder in the family - sources at State Records
11 October JOHN PARTRIDGE History of Gaols in NSW
8 November JONATHAN AULD Computers & family history: family history programs & creating family history webpages
13 December SHOW & TELL Bring along an item of interest & end of year party

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