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~ February 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

Meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library



An afternoon with Lady Teviot Wednesday 18 February 2009, 2pm-4pm

The Library will be presenting “An afternoon with Lady Teviot” on Wednesday 18 February 2009. Lady Teviot (on tour from the UK) genealogy lecturer & President of the Federation of Family History Societies (UK) will be presenting two lectures. Baby farming, which was prevalent in the Victorian era in England, and its repercussions. Workhouses in 19th Century England where a large proportion of the population spent time, due to their unfortunate circumstances and endured appalling conditions. Cost is $5 (for both sessions & afternoon tea) Sessions will be held in the Tebbutt Room, Hawkesbury Central Library, Deerubbin Centre,300 George Street, Windsor. Ring 4560-4460 to book your place.


  • Are you interested in discovering about your family history & where you come from?
  • Come along & find out how to make a start & what is involved
  • Hawkesbury Library is planning classes for beginners & will commence in March-April.
  • Classes on accessing your family history on the internet also available.
  • Other topics under consideration.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THE CLASSES NOW!  Phone Michelle Nichols on 45604466 or email michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

2009 Makings of a City History Conference - Convicts and Culture

Penrith City Library will hold its 8th Annual History Conference on Saturday 14 March 2009

Keynote speaker: Babette Smith - speaking on Australia's birthstain and the legacy of convictism
Associate Professor Dr Carol Liston - speaking on the cultural legacy of convict culture
Lorraine Stacker - speaking on the Emu Plains Convict Farm and their controversial theatre & her new book
Dr Roger Morris - speaking on mechanics institutes and Schools of Arts
Lindsay Allen, NSW State Records - speaking on records of public halls, schools of arts, picture theatres etc

Website for more info -  www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/index.asp?id=3572. Cost: $30 - includes conference pack, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. Bookings essential. Enquiries: Vanessa Stockford on 02 47328040 or email: vstockford@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au    


Sunday 15 March 2009, 10 am - 4 pm at Penrith City Library, 601 High Street Penrith. Many trade tables in genealogy and local and family history, help with starting your family history & opportunity to listen and speak to experts in the field. Entry fee - gold coin donation. Stall holders include: * State Records NSW  (providing talks throughout the day)  * Library of Australian History * Penrith City Library’s Research Services  * Rex and Yvonne Toomey * Nepean FHS, Parramatta, Mays Hill, Shoalhaven, St Marys, Port Macquarie etc. Great raffles. There is easy parking and drop off in the Civic Centre carpark.  Enquiries: Lorraine Stacker on 02 47327886 or email: lstack@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au  Judy McLeod on 02 47331631 or email:  jmcleod@exemail.com.au


Irish Roots magazine is a genealogy and family history publication based in Ireland.  Useful for researchers who have hit a 'brick wall' in their Irish ancestry. The magazine aims to empower its readers with the tools and knowledge necessary to undertake Irish ancestral research. The Library subscribes to this magazine and you can consult it in the Local Studies Collection at RLN IRI. Alternatively you can take out a personal subscription to Irish Roots (4 issues, including postage) for A$48. Subscribe online at www.irishrootsmagazine.com or post cheque (payable to Irish Roots Media) to Irish Roots, Blackrock, Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland.


Calling all Cavanoughs and related families who are descendants of Owen & Margaret – who arrived on the First Fleet (1788) – we are updating our * Ancestry * and to check if your information is included and up to date, please contact Pat on 02 9790-0389. (Getting permission for email to be included see email 22.1.2009 P1234@tadaust.org.au


New Local Studies items now available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Central Library. To check the Library catalogue online go to http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

  • Robert Forrester, first fleeter / Louise Wilson / RL929.20994 FOR & lending at 929.20994 FOR
  • Guide to NSW State Archives relating to convicts & convict administration / RL016.9944 STA & lending at 016.9944 STA
  • Blue Mountains pioneer register Vol. 2 / Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc. / RL929.39445 BLU
  • Wood Coffill (Katoomba) burial index 1916-1945, Vol. 2 / RL929.5099445 WOO
  • Guide to NSW State Archives relating to responsible government / RL016.9944 STA & lending 016.9944 STA
  • Daniel Holland : the legends unravelled / Loreley A. Morling / RL929.20994 HOL & lending 929.20994 HOL
  • Horsemen of the first frontier (1788-1900) and the Serpent's legacy / by Keith R. Binney. RL636.100994 BIN (Covers all NSW but has quite a bit on local families and properties)


It is particularly useful when undertaking any research to read widely about a subject and delve into a range of material. Check the catalogue at http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/ for more information. Lending items can be reserved online (if you are a member & have a pin) If you would like a pin number see library staff or ring 4560-4460. The following items may be of interest :

  • Tracing your ancestors in the National Archives / BEVAN Shelved at 929.3 BEV at Windsor
  • The Official Guide to ancestry.com / MORGAN at 929.10285 MOR

Surfing the internet……. Sites for family historians

Members with internet access should check out the following interesting sites. The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings at Windsor & 4578 2002 for Richmond bookings.

Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925 - Victoria (PROV) ~ http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/

Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, England (database of patients 1852-1914) ~ http://www.smallandspecial.org/

Camperdown cemetery – Society of Australian Genealogists’ Primary Records collection guide ~ http://www.sag.org.au/downloads/CamperdownCemetery.pdf

Victorian web ~ http://www.victorianweb.org/

Grono Family website (includes January 2009 newsletter) ~ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gronofamily/index.htm

~ Let us know of sites, that you have tried with (or without) success ~


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