Hornsby Shire Recollects

Last night Robert and I and joined several other local history history enthusiasts at a function at Hornsby Central Library where a new interactive online digital resource, Hornsby Shire Recollects, was launched. I was attending as a representative of the Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

The database claims to “provide easy online access to a rich store of heritage material relating to Hornsby Shire, its people, and events.”

Hornsby Shire Recollects Home Page

The three speakers, Hornsby Mayor Phillip Ruddock, Associate Professor Carol Liston and Hornsby MP Matt Kean each spoke briefly about the importance of local history and heritage and then Mayor  Ruddock cut the celebratory cake.

Reference and Local Studies Librarian, Neil Chippendale, and Library staff member, Karen Richardson, then got to the good bit, a demonstration of this new tool which provides a user friendly platform to access Hornsby’s collection of digital resources supplemented with new additions from community organisations and local history enthusiasts. The new platform certainly appeared easier to search than the collections it replaced but I needed to try it out myself.

This afternoon I gave the database a run through. Logging on and creating an account was a simple process. Navigating the site was a breeze and the search mechanism was intuitive. I give it a thumbs up. Having heard the presentation and tried out the tool I am keen to add some resources from our family collection to the database.

The promotional material for the resource states ” you are also able to contribute your own knowledge and memories about the holdings, as well as create personal collections of your own.” I encourage all of our members to give the site a test drive and ponder on what you can do to contribute to this local resource. The Hornsby Shire Family History Group has the potential to make a major contribution to Hornsby Shire Recollects.

If  community members embrace this resource and share the photos and documents they have squirrelled away then Hornsby Shire Recollects will be a valuable resource, not just for people from the Hornsby Shire but for many with an interest in Australian history and heritage.

Jill Ball 21/11/2017

 

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News from Familysearch

Each week Familysearch sends out a list of new resources added to their collection. Here are this week’s updates.

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 SALT LAKE CITY, UT—This week, millions of new historic records were made freely available from the NetherlandsKansasSweden, and Washington. Many more were published from ArgentinaItalyLouisianaParaguay, and South Africa! Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

COLLECTIONS

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889

0

853,178

Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Freedmen’s Complaints 1865- 1872

140,985

209,817

New indexed records and images collection
Utah Tremonton and Garland Obituaries 1959-2013

18,360

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942

5,487,573

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records 1863-1872

90,597

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953

0

1,041,753

Added images to an existing collection
Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997

78,283

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records1865-1872

154,587

97,567

New indexed records and images collection
Illinois DeKalb County Land Records 1838-1927

57,179

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education 1865-1872

145,374

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Norway Probate Index Cards 1640-1903

194,981

0

New indexed records collection
England Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910

1,223,484

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Church Books 1552-1963

31,206

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998

0

761

Added images to an existing collection
New Hampshire Vital and Town Records Index 1656-1938

442,376

0

New indexed records collection
Arizona County Marriages 1871-1964

72,804

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Portugal Porto Catholic Church Records 1535-1949

34,701

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006

152,033

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Jersey, State Census, 1855

73,030

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Clay County School Census Records 1909-1962

296,251

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps 1798-1937

4,091,420

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Geneagala Success

Thanks to all who were involved with our 3rd Annual Geneagala for National Family History Month last Saturday. With the support of Neil and Karen from Hornsby Library, guest speaker Christine Yeats, member presenters and a healthy audience of members and visitors lots of learning and networking took place.

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Coordinator Coral Shand, Guest Chris Yeats, Presenter Jill Ball

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Neil Chippendale shares the news on the British Newspaper Archive

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Presenter Lyn Parsons spoke on Early NSW Church Records

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Prizewinner Maureen with coordinator Coral.

Martyn Killion

P1050225The guest speaker for our meeting in National Family History Month is Martyn Killion, Manager Public Access, State Archives and Records NSW.

You are invited to join us at 2:00pm on Wednesday 16 August at Hornsby Central Library to hear Martyn tell us about the State Archives Website and how the resources there can help us with our family history research.

Martyn has been involved in genealogy for 40 years. He  is a qualified information professional with experience in Arts NSW who has also worked at the State Library of NSW.  In addition to supporting family historians through his work in  the State Archives Martyn holds voluntary positions in the genealogy arena. He is currently President of The Society of Australian Genealogists  and is on the organising committee for Congress 2018.

We are privileged to have Martyn as our National Family History Month guest.

 

Family History for You

NFHM-logoIn celebration of National Family History Month Hornsby Shire Family History Group will be hosting its 3rd Annual Geneagala in conjuction with Hornsby Library.

When: Saturday 12th August 2017, 10:00 am to 3pm

Where: Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby

This event is open to all those with an interest in their family history, there is something on the program for beginners to experienced genies.

Sydney genealogist and historian, Christine Yeats, our special guest will be the first speaker on our program.

Family History for You – Program

10:00 am Welcome – Coral Shand, Hornsby Shire Family History Group
10:15 Is there really nothing there? – Family history research in the 21st century – Christine Yeats
11:30  National Archives of Australia: records for family history – Coral Shand
12:15 The British Newspaper Archive – Neil Chippendale
1:00 Beginning Family History: 10 rules, 10 tips, 10 resources – Jill Ball
1:45 Early Church Records/Films for NSW – Lyn Parsons
2:15 Using Trove and online newspapers for research – Jill Ball
2:45 Prize Draw – Main Prize A gift certificate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) for any online course from a choice of over 200 courses  – Coral Shand

Genealogy Clinic

10:30 – 10:30 to 2:45 with Hornsby Shire FHG volunteers in the Esther Wait Room and Computer Room

Drop in to the Geneaclinic throughout the day for:

  • Help for beginners
  • Assistance with Hornsby Library’s online resources (Ancestry, FindMyPast and My Heritage) and other resources
  • Help with Brickwalls and research problems
  • Tips for organising your research
  •  A chat with Hornsby Shire FHG members

At 2:45 pm there will be a prize draw for those in attendance.

For further information please contact:
Coral Shand, Coordinator  cshand21@gmail.com
Jill Ball, Communications  jillballau@gmail.com 
Local Studies, Hornsby Shire Library & Information Service.

Christine Yeats

Christine will be the star turn at our 3rd Annual Geneagala “Family History for you“. When: Saturday 12 August 2017, 10:00am to 3pm
Where: Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby

 

Christine Yeats (2017)Christine Yeats is an archivist and historical researcher. Over her 35 year career ─ much of it with State Archives NSW ─ she implemented a number of key initiatives aimed at improving access to the State’s archives.

Currently National President of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA), Chair of ISAA’s NSW Chapter, Senior Vice President of the Royal Australian Historical Society and chair of the Assessment Committee of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Over the course of Christine’s career she contributed to a wide range of publications and spoke at national and international conferences. Since retiring from full-time work she has continued to undertake research and publish articles based on this work.

The full program for the event can be accessed here.

News from Familysearch

News Release from Familysearch

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of July 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 14 July 2017–FamilySearch published new historic records this week from Brazil (about 4 million civil registration records), Chile, France, Netherlands, New Jersey, Nicaragua, Ohio, Peru, Russia, and BillionGraves. Search then for free at FamilySearch or by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

BillionGraves Index

286,762

286,762

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014

2,480,472

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013

1,458,383

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903

12,575

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894

22,347

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records

747,018

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Jersey State Census, 1895

500,743

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013

78,964

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004

484,319

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996

1,133

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923

0

5,039

Added images to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.