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~ November 2008 ~  


12 November CHERYL MONGAN World War 1 records
10 December SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party
  No meeting in January 2009 next meeting 11 February 2009

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


Library Survey - tell us what you want!

The Hawkesbury City Library Service would like you to take a few minutes to fill in a very short survey– so that we can find out what collections, services & activities you would like to find at your library. The survey will be online until Sunday 30th November 2008.  Go straight to survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=I8i5dX0uVsEq4OcjnKLD8g_3d_3d     or go to Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/  & follow the prompt on the front page.  As well as library members, we would particularly like to hear from people who are not members, and why. Your assistance will help the Library plan for 2009-2010 and guide us in developing services in response to community needs.  We want to know where we need to focus our efforts in developing or introducing activities that are of interest and use to you and your family. Please encourage family and friends to participate as well. If you have any enquiries please contact the library on 4560-4460 or email library@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Historic Bicentenary Ebenezer Church celebrations

Friday 19 June: Static Displays by church archivists will be open in the pavilion. Devonshire teas available during the day.
Saturday 20 June: Main Day - Displays open, Food stalls, Souvenirs, Re-enactments, entertainment and Outdoor Service.
Sunday 21 June: Family Picnic Day - Displays open, Musical Entertainment, Barbecue, Devonshire teas, Historical walk-and-talks in church grounds and to the nearby quarry and beach.
Keep up to date with celebrations by online newsletter www.ebenezerchurch.org.au/bicentenary.htm  

Everingham Family Association – Christmas Luncheon 2008

Everingham Family Association are holding their annual Xmas lunch on Sat 29th November 2008 at 12noon at Burwood RSL Club on Shaftesbury Road. Cost is $25 buffet lunch, payable on entry. RSVP 18.11.2008. Email Anne O'Sullivan (President) anneos1@bigpond.com for more information.

Launch of Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865 – 1935

New release on Ancestry reveals over 130,000 Aussies who settled in Canada from 1865-1935. The records of more than 130,000 Australian emigrants who headed for a new life in Canada are available online for the first time revealing information on Aussies who hoped for better opportunities in the then newly dubbed ‘final frontier’. The Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 contain 7.2 million names, including those of more than 5.6 million immigrants from all over the world who headed to Canada for a better life. A significant number of these emigrants departed from Sydney Harbour and the nearby ports of Newcastle, Port Stephens and Port Kembla. Emigrants also boarded Canadian-bound ships as far north as Cairns and Brisbane, south to Adelaide, Ardrossan and Melbourne, and a total of 11 passengers boarded in Dampier and Broome. The passenger lists are indexed by name, year of arrival, port of arrival and departure and ship name, revealing fascinating detail about passengers, from their health to religion and even the amount of cash they had in hand when they disembarked. Ancestry is available on AncestryLibrary in the library for members for free.

International Genealogy Festival 2009

International Genealogy Festival at the University of Strathclyde Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 July 2009. For more information see www.strath.ac.uk/homecomingscotland


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/

Domesday book : a complete translation  RL942.21 DOM

Politics, patronage and public works : 1842-1900 by Golder  RL351.944 GOL

The pioneer register. Vol. VII  RL 929.3 SME

250 years of the Evans family by Sagar  RL929.20994 EVA

Who do you think you are? : the essential guide to tracing your family history  RL929.1072 LOU


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 :

Family skeletons ; exploring the lives of our disreputable ancestors / PALEY & FOWLER 929.3 PAL

1788 : the brutal truth of the First Fleet / HILL 994.02 HIL

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.

NZ family history information ~ http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/FamilyHistory/

County Down prisoners database ~ http://downcountymuseum.com/data/prisoner.asp

Irish Family History Foundation Online Genealogy Databases for Ireland ~ http://ifhf.brsgenealogy.com/

Index to Assisted British Immigration 1839-1871 ~ http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/index_search.asp?searchid=24

1852-1857 Highlands & Islands Emigration Society Passengers ~ http://www.scan.org.uk/researchrtools/emigration.htm

Images of England ~ http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/

Ireland Census record finder ~ http://www.censusfinder.com/ireland.htm

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


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