But wait, there’s more…

It’s  National Family History Month and we have one more treat in store for you.  Heather Garnsey, Executive Officer at The Society of Australian Genealogists will be the guest speaker at our August Meeting.  You can read about Heather and her involvement in the genealogy world in this interview from last year.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends at this event.

Heather Garnsey

Celebrating Family History

In spite of the fact that our Geneagala Day clashed with the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio we had a healthy turnout for our National Family History Month event held at Hornsby Library yesterday.


Members and visitors at the Geneagala

Thanks to Neil Chippendale from the Library who set up our areas and to the dozen or so Hornsby Shire Family History Group volunteers who worked throughout the day  meeting, greeting and mentoring people.

There was a good rollup to hear guest speaker (and local resident) Kylie Rees from The History Company talk to us about Archiving our digital records.


Kylie’s Presentation


Kylie Rees

Our members Coral Shand and Jill Ball also gave presentations during the day while a band of volunteers helped visitors solve their family history problems.


One of our members, Bronwyn, won the gift certificate for a free course from NIGS (The National Institute for Genealogical Studies while a member, Diana, won the bottle of wine.


At the conclusion of the event all of the attendees agreed that they had learnt something new….what more could we ask for?

National Family History Month Geneagala Day

NFHM-logoAs part of our celebrations of National Family History Month, Hornsby Shire Family History Group in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Library invite you to attend our FREE Geneagala Day. Library staff and group members will be on hand to offer guidance throughout the day.

When: Saturday 6 August 2016, 10:15 am to 3pm

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

Talks in the Main Meeting Room

10:20 Welcome  – Coral Shand, Hornsby Shire FHG Co-ordinator

10:30 – 11:30 Archiving Digital Records – Kylie Rees, Preservation Australia

12:00 – 1:00 Golden Rules of Genealogy – Coral Shand

1:30 – 2:30 21st Century Genealogy: Technology and software to support your research – Jill Ball

Genealogy Clinic

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

Drop in 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 details please email Jill Ball or Coral Shand.

My Heritage added to Hornsby collection


Hornsby Library Local Studies Librarian, Neil Chippendale has sent through this advice.

My Heritage is now live on the family history section of the Hornsby SC database. It is available within all our libraries but more importantly it is available from home  using a HSC library card to sign in.

This is the link to the family history page that contains the My Heritage link.


Should you need assistance using this resource please visit Hornsby Library and one of the Local Studies staff will be pleased to assist.

Trove Tuesday – Quiet Wedding

Have you searched Trove for reports of your ancestors’ weddings? This report from 1903 yields some valuable genealogical information about Hornsby People.


1903 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 9 May, p. 12. , viewed 11 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85689735


Discover Familysearch

P1070153We are thrilled that Paul Parton from Familysearch will be the guest speaker at our next meeting on May 18 at 2:00pm in the Main Meeting Room at Hornsby Central Library. Paul, an engaging presenter with a wealth of knowledge on Familysearch, speaks regularly at Australian conferences. We are fortunate to have him visit Hornsby.

If you want to know about this unique free resource or if you have questions about the  Familysearch site please join us. Visitors are most welcome to this and all meetings of our Group.



Trove Tuesday – A Brave Cubmaster

Were your Hornsby ancestors in this group?


1927 ‘FIRST HORNSBY WOLF CUBS.’, Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 – 1938), 2 February, p. 2. , viewed 11 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169144765

Article Text:

After a trip lasting a month a party of Wolf Cubs under Cubmaster C. L. Ward has just returned to Hornsby. The ages of these lads ranged from nine to twelve years. Whilst in Tasmania they visited Mount Wellington, the Salmon Ponds, National Park, Russell Falls, New Norfolk, and the Derwent Valley. A week was spent at Eaglehawk Neck, and visits were made to Port Arthur,the Blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman’s Arch. Launceston was also visited, the Gorge andhydro-electric works leaving a great impression with the boys. The party consisted of 14 Wolf Cubs, three Scouts, and four Rovers, including the cubmaster.