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~ 14th March 2007 ~  


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

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



Rose Reunion, Butterfly Farm, Wilberforce on Sunday 25th March 2007.


Grono family descendants are planning a reunion on Sunday, 6th May 2007 at Ebenezer Church.

How I got started on family history?
by member Del Swain

In 1961 on our way home from living in USA for three years where my husband Graham studied at the University of Maryland and obtained his Ph.D., we visited his two maiden great aunts in their eighties who lived in the family home in Devon in England. They presented us with a miniature portrait of their grandfather William Swain a tanner. During this visit we also met some of Graham¹s father¹s first cousins who had stayed in England while several branches of the family emigrated to Australia. I then drew up a rough family tree of the Swain side of the family to sort everyone out. Back in Australia I forgot about family history and was kept busy raising four sons. In 1981 at a University Women Graduates meeting the guest speaker was Nick Vine Hall, then President of the Society of Australian Genealogists who convinced me I should delve further into the family tree . I did not join the Hawkesbury family history group when it first began as I had no ancestors from the area but once Michelle acquired such sources as the IGI I was very happy to become a member. I have been involved in helping organise family reunions for the Bryants and Thomsons and Waltons on my side and for the Vidlers, Blows and Grahams on my husband¹s side and have also compiled several books on the Blow family. Most of my research was done the hard way by constant trips to Sydney to SAG or what was then State Archives with much turning of handles and pouring over shipping lists on microfilm before the days of indexes as well as much letter writing to distant relatives and the Registry of BDMs before anything became available on the internet. Hooray for Michelle and all the research aids that she has added to the library over the years to make our research so much easier and for the interesting speakers she gets to our meetings. Del Swain

Surfing the internet……. Sites for family historians

Some websites for those with internet access. The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings at Windsor & 4578 2002 for Richmond bookings.

Cemeteries http://www.ozgenonline.com/aust_cemeteries/nsw/index.htm

Mailing lists for NSW http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~surreal/NSWW/mailists.html#top

Stock Brands (NSW) 1889 http://www.rootsweb.com/~billingh/brands.htm

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


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