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~ July 2010 ~  


14 July MARK ST LEON History of the Circus
11 August MEGAN MARTIN Beyond Mrs Beeton's
8 September 'Memories of my ancestor'
presented by Hawkesbury Family History Group members

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


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The meeting on 8 September 2010 focuses on 'Memories of my ancestor' Volunteers from the group are needed to provide 5 minute presentations. Please contact Michelle if you are interested.  T: 4560-4466 or E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Hawkesbury Family History Fair ~ Saturday 7 August 2010 update

The Hawkesbury Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 7th August from 9am to 5pm. Opportunities to speak with experts from various organisations including State Records, Society of Australian Genealogists, Ancestry.com, Ryerson Indexing Group and NSW Transcription Agents. Other specialists include Jeremy Palmer, Teapot Genies, Hawkesbury Cemetery Register as well as many family history groups and local history societies. There will displays and trade tables specialising in family history. There will also be the opportunity to purchase specialised publications and resources. The Library will be opened extended hours from 9am to 5pm, for the day.

Tours of the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Library, Displays & resources, Help with starting your family history, Short talks will be held throughout the day.

Entry by gold coin donation with fantastic Lucky Door prizes

Specialists and exhibitors include:

State Records
Society of Australian Genealogists
Jeremy Palmer from Anzestry
Ryerson Indexing Group
Teapot Genealogy
Hawkesbury Cemetery Register
Convict Trail Project
Gould Genealogy
Unlock the Past
Family Photo Book
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Irish Wattle
Deerubbin Press
Keepsake Genealogy Charts
Australian Family Tree Connections
Laurence Turtle from Turtle Consolidated Services

Family History & Historical Groups:

Blue Mountains Family History
Darug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society
Hawkesbury Family History Group
Hawkesbury Historical Society
Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society
Newcastle Family History Society Inc.
Wyong Family History Group Inc

For more information http://hfhg.hawkesbury.net.au/fair/  Presented by Hawkesbury City Library as part of  National Family History Week. Enquiries T: 4560-4466 or E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


Keep abreast of all of the 2010 Macquarie activities by checking out Council’s calendar of events at

Rookwood Cemetery Open Day

To be held on Sunday 19th September 2010 (9am-3pm) organised by the Friends of Rookwood. There will be a range of tours including Tour the Catholic Crematorium (1st built in Australia); Behind the scenes tours; Tours of the St Athanasius Greek Church, Railway historic tours, Tours of the Independent Cemetery, a parade at 11am with stalls plants and heritage roses, bric a brac and Devonshire teas. Free entry with tours gold coin donation. You can get to Rookwood by car from Weeroona Road Strathfield or East Street Lidcombe. By bus Route 408 from Strathfield or by Train free shuttle bus from Lidcombe Railway Station. No bookings required, enquiries  (02) 9889 3899.

HOSTED BY SHOALHAVEN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY To be held 17, 18 & 19 September 2010
At Bomaderry Bowling Club, Cnr Meroo & Cambewarra Roads, Bomaderry

"A Most Suitable Place" was how Alexander Berry, the first land holder of the Shoalhaven described the area when he first sighted this beautiful region. So come and join us for a most interesting and enjoyable weekend in this delightful place. There will be a mini History Fair from 10am to 3pm on the Friday only. The Conference registration will open from 5pm on Friday night with the meet and greet for registrants to begin at 6pm. Registration will open again at 8am on Saturday morning for registration with the program to commence at 8.30am.
Registration Forms are at http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/fhsconference2010/ 
More information contact E: jcvost@people.net.au or post: Conference Secretary PO Box 1509 NOWRA NSW 2541

Reading Handwritten Documents Courses

A series of online interactive courses on how to read handwritten genealogical records in different languages is available on FamilySearch.org. Additional lessons for each of the courses are currently being developed. The courses provide instruction and practice in reading documents written in various languages and scripts.
These courses provide instruction in how to do the following:
 Identify individual letters of the alphabet & Recognize grammatical rules that affect words
 Understand spelling and handwriting variations & Identify names and dates
To access the training:
 Go to www.familysearch.org on the main page, in the Family History Library section, click Free Online Classes
 At the top of the Research Classes Online page, click Reading Handwritten Records Series. Select your lesson


Looking for information on John Sheehan (Shehan). He worked for the Fitzgeralds at Dabee (Rylstone) in the 1840s and was married from there in 1844. It is not known when he arrived in Australia, whether he was a convict, a free settler or a stowaway? We do not know the names of his parents or the town in Ireland he was from, even the County is a source of conjecture - both Clare and Limerick are quoted at different times. We believe that he worked for the Fitzgeralds at Windsor prior to Dabee. Can anyone assist me - are their employment records would be the 1830s & 1840s.
Please contact Geoff Sheehan at jgsheehan@yahoo.com with any leads.


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/

  • The family of Mary Pitt by Janelle Cust Shelved at RL929.20994 PIT (Lending copies at 929.20994 PIT)


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 (02) 4560-4460. The following items may be of interest :

  • Matthew Flinders : navigator and chartmaker / by Geoffrey  C. Ingleton. Shelved at 994.02 ING

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.

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


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