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~ September 2009 ~  


9 September MICHELLE NICHOLS Researching Scandals, Crime & Corruption
14 October LINDSAY ALLEN Researching occupations at State Records
11 November JAN BARKLEY JACK About “Hawkesbury Settlement revealed” book

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


Jan Barkley Jack’s “Hawkesbury Settlement revealed” will be launched as part of History Week celebrations on Saturday 12th September 2010 at 2pm at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 300 George Street Windsor. Free entry see http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/events/pages//32597/EventDoc/HistoryWeek2009.pdf for more details.

Manning Wallamba Pioneer Register Vol. 3

Manning Wallamba Family History Society is currently compiling information for their 3rd Pioneer register due for release in 2010. The closing date for items to be included is 1st April 2010. Forms can be downloaded from the website at www.manningwallambafhs.com.au or contact the Secretary at secretary@manningwallambafhs.com.au or c/- Manning Wallamba FHS Inc. PO Box 48, Taree NSW 2430

Bernie Dunning

John Norris has advised that ‘Bernie’ (Bernard Edward) Dunning who attended meetings & subscribed to the newsletter over the years passed away on the 11th August 2009. He was 70 years old. 

Hulbert Reunion - 10th October 2009

The descendants of convict James Hulbert are invited to attend a reunion to mark the 173rd anniversary of his arrival on board the "Lady Kennaway" at Port Jackson, NSW in 1836. The reunion will be held on Saturday 10th October 2009 from 10am at the Butterfly Farm at Wilberforce NSW. For more information visit our website: http://www.hulbertfamilyreunion.com/ or contact Mel on 0419 297 920 or Wanda on (02) 4729 2034.

Society of Australian Genealogists forthcoming events

  • English Research Focus Day~Sat 26 Sep 2009 from 10am-4pm ‘York Room’ Bowlers’ Club, 95-97 York Street, Sydney. A day devoted to English research.  Topics include: the Victoria County History series (Angela Phippen); The Development of Transport (Pauline Kettle); Tracing Trades & Professions of our Ancestors (Jeremy Palmer) and using English Journals to further research (Heather Garnsey). Full programme available on the website. Morning tea & light Lunch will be provided.  $60 members ($70 non-members) Bookings essential by 10 Sept .
  • Occupations in Local Council Records Sat 10 Oct 2009 Richmond Villa 120 Kent St, Sydney 10.30am–12.30pmFind out about the records available & how to access them by Angela Phippen. $20 members ($25 non-members)
  • Online Access to PRONI Records Tue 13 Oct 2009 Richmond Villa 120 Kent St. Sydney 10.30am– 12.30pm. Irish specialist Terry Eakin will demonstrate the online access now available through the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) website & how it will help you  your Irish research. $20 members ($25 non-members)
  • Could I have a convict in my family tree? Mon 19 Oct 2009  379 Kent Street, Sydney 10.00am–1pm. Finding, tracing & proving a link to a convict in your family tree is not always easy or straightforward. Participants must bring documents (list of suggestions available on SAG website) $45 member  ($55 non-members)
  • Apprenticeships in London – Sat 24 Oct Richmond Villa 120 Kent St. 10.30pm – 12.30pm Pauline Kettle will demonstrate how to research London apprenticeships using both the SAG’s library collection and online resources, such as English Origins.  $8 member ($12 non-members) Bookings essential
  • Commemoration & Exhumation: Resources for Camperdown Cemetery Sat 24 October: Richmond Villa 120 Kent St. 1.30pm – 3.30pm Ralph Hawkins, the Society’s Archives Officer, will take you through our new online Camperdown cemetery guide prepared by Hon Archivist Megan Martin.  Learn about our collection of Camperdown cemetery maps, plans & burial lists   $20 member ($25 non-members) Bookings essential
  • North of the Border – Queensland Research Sat 31 October: Richmond Villa 120 Kent St. 10.30pm – 12.30pmJoin well-known genealogist, Judy Webster as she explains the resources and research techniques for tracing your Qld ancestors.Topics covered incl. an overview of Qld repositories and records of hospital and pension registers, police and prison records, wills, electoral rolls, equity files, Police gazettes, immigration records, passport registers and newspapers. $20 member ($25 non-members) Bookings essential
  • Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence-the answer to your problems! Sat 31 October: Richmond Villa 120 Kent St. 1.30pm – 3.30pm  If your ancestors were in NSW in the 1800s, you can't afford to miss this one. The NSW Colonial Secretary's Correspondence contains an amazing treasure trove of information and can be the answer to many research problems - everything from your ancestor applying for a land grant to orphan children and foreign immigrants. Presenter: Martyn Killion. $20 member ($25 non-members) Bookings essential.

Society of Australian Genealogists,  120 Kent St, Sydney 2000.  Tel: (02) 9247-3953 Fax: (02) 9241-4872
Email: info@sag.org.au  For more information see website at www.sag.org.au  


Special events will be held on Foundation Day on Norfolk Island on the 6th March 2010. A re-enactment will commemorate the arrival of Lt King with 22 persons including 15 convicts to establish a settlement on the island.  For more information about bookings and tours contact Debbie Steven debbie@travelcentre.nf  phone 1800 140066 or www.travelcentre.nf  PO Box 172, Norfolk Island 2899 


As part of a Masters thesis at the University of New England examining the nature and growth of family history in Australia, a survey has been launched to learn about Australian genealogists / family historians. The survey asks questions about:

  • The factors and motivations that influenced them to begin their research
  • Where and how they conduct their research
  • What their research interests are and what they hope to achieve with their research

As a practising family historian or genealogist, you are invited to participate in this survey. The survey has five sections and will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey will be conducted on-line over  from Aug 2009, closing 30 Nov 2009 and it is hoped that as many Australian family historians as possible will take the opportunity to respond so that a comprehensive picture can be formed. Results of the survey will be published on this site after the survey concludes and the data is analysed. To participate in the survey, please go to http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ausgensurvey/Information.html

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.

Britain unlimited ~ biographies on famous people including William Wilberforce, Captain Cook and William Pitt. ~ http://www.britainunlimited.com/index.htm

Australian Cemeteries Index ~ http://austcemindex.com/cemeteries.php

Transportation and Trial records ~ http://www.coraweb.com.au/convict.htm

Old diseases ~ http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/olddiseases1.htm

Genealogy articles for beginners and tutorials ~ http://www.genealogyandhow.com/main.htm

Ancestors charts etc ~ http://www.byub.org/ancestors/charts/

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


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