History Group Meeting News
~ July 2006 ~
MEETING DATES 2006
Meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library
ANCESTRY SUBSCRIPTION EXTENDED
Due to popular demand the Library has extended the Ancestry subscription until June 2007.
NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY WEEK
National Family History Week will be celebrated in Australia from the 30th July until the 6th August 2006. Family history and genealogy are proving the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the week will have broad appeal across Australia. There will be lots of activities taking place all over the place so check out the website at www.familyhistoryweek.org.au See events at Hawkesbury below. As well as promoting family history this week has been specially chosen to precede the 2006 Census (8th August) Make sure you tell your friends, family and workmates to answer YES to Q. 60 and be aprt of the 2006 Census time capsul. Make your answer count!
FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCES SESSION
Come along and check out all of the wonderful resources available at Hawkesbury for researching your family history. Church and Cemetery records, publications, manuscripts, maps and much more. Ideal for the beginner. At Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor on Wednesday 2nd August 2006, 10am to 11.30am. Free. Contact Michelle Nichols telephone 02 4560 4466 for bookings. There will also be an introduction to Using the Internet, on Thursday August 3rd from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Tuesday 8th August Interested in learning the correct way to look after
your old photographs and family memorabilia?
COST : WORKSHOP $25 & Starter kits available for special price of $32
For bookings & enquiries Joy Shepherd ph: (02) 4571- 1524 or email
Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org
At the next meeting on Wednesday the 9 August 2006. members are invited to come along and goive small presentations (5 minutes) on the following topic "Honourable or Disreputable Men in our family history" You can bring along an item of interest or photo to accompany the talk. If you have any enquiries contact Michelle on (02) 4560-4466
2006 NSW & ACT ASSOC OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES INC STATE CONFERENCE
15th - 17th September 2006 at Liverpool NSW. Topics include : Divorce
in NSW; Lebanese in Australia; Irish Research; Jewish Research in Australia
& Overseas; The East India Company; Research: Foresight or Myopia
IMMIGRATION BRIDGE IN CANBERRA
A magnificent pedestrian bridge is to be built across Lake Burley Griffin
in the nations capital to commemorate the contributions of the more
than 10 million migrants who have permanently settled here in Australia
In a milestone campaign for the gathering of Australian history, we will engrave the names of over 200,000 of those 10 million on the sculpted stainless steel of the Bridge handrail. This will be a highlight in a design where the surfaces will tell the stories of migration. We invite all Australians to submit the names of the original migrants in their family to be engraved on the handrail. Money raised from the History Handrail Program will go towards the Bridges construction. We invite all Australians to submit their families' stories of migration. We as a nation need to collect the many amazing stories of migration to Australia. As an example many post-war migrants are now getting very old and we are in danger of losing their stories. The building of the Immigration Bridge will serve as a focus for a national quest to gather stories of migration for publication in a Migration Book which will be on display on the Bridge, as well as published online. More information, see www.immigrationbridge.com.au
NEW LOCAL STUDIES ITEMS
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/
Reminder about the Census that will take place in August 2006. The retention question (Q60) reads: "Does each person in this household agree to his/her name and address and other information on this form being kept by the National Archives of Australia and then made publicly available after 99 years?" If this question is ignored, it will be treated as a NO. Please encourage as many Australians as possible to answer YES in the census question concerning the retention of this vital record of the Australian culture. Unless you answer YES your census form will not be retained in the archives.
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.
The Dharug Story © An Aboriginal History of Western Sydney by Christopher Tobin ~ http://www.didgeridoo-digeridoo-yidaki.com/aboriginal-history-dharug.html
Australian Cememeteries (Oz_Gen Link) ~ http://www.ozgenonline.com/aust_cemeteries/
Queensland (link to various sites) ~ http://www.ozgenonline.com/qld.htm
~ Let us know of sites, that you have tried with (or without) success
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