The Amazing things in the UK Gazettes

The guest speaker for our October meeting will be crossing the border from Ku-ring-gai  to explain how we can use UK Gazettes as a genealogy research tool. This talk was very well received when Jenny Joyce presented it at the National Congress in jenny-joyceCanberra last year.

Jenny Joyce has been a genealogist for the past 35 years, first as a hobby researching her own family, and for the past eight years as professional researcher, lecturer, teacher and writer.  She has been writing a genealogy blog since 2010 ( and records an occasional podcast ( Jenny is the President of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, and a member of its family history committee. Together with core genealogy, Jenny has a deep interest in DNA in relation to genealogy, paleography and historical photography.

Members and guests are welcome to join us for this event at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 19 October at 2:00pm.

You can’t have one without the other…

As we become interested in researching our family history we get to the stage where we want to go beyond names, dates and events to learn about the places our ancestors lived, played and worked.

Just like Love and Marriage and Horses and Carriages, Family History goes together with Local History.

In our local area The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc aims to to encourage the study of the history of Hornsby Shire, to foster an interest in the history of Hornsby Shire, to compile authentic records, and to collect, preserve and exhibit objects which have affected, and will continue to affect, the lifestyle and occupations of the residents of Hornsby Shire, both past and present.

At our monthly meeting tomorrow, 21 September at 2:00pm in Hornsby Library Mari Metzke from The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc will join us as our guest speaker to tell us about the Society, its resources and how it can help our members add to the stories of their ancestors from our area.

We will endeavour to organise a tour of the facilities of The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc  in our eductional program for 2017.


State Library Visit

HSFHG members attended a tour of the State Library of New South Wales on Thursday 1st September.


Members Gather

We began with a talk about the locations and resources specially for family historians. Our two presenters were very happy to give a live demonstration of how to access and use online resources. A number of members appreciated the hints for using the SMH archive. Our tour took us through the family history section and down into the “stack” where most of their resources are kept.


Down in the stacks

We then went on to the Mitchell Reading Room and learnt about using the Special Collections. Many of us have already updated our blue reader’s card to a gold one so we can access this area. All 19 attendees thoroughly enjoyed the talk and tour, and all had a list of things to follow up.


Mitchell Reading Room

Thanks to Jill Ball and Bronwyn Ross for making it happen, and to John O’Brien and Jimmy Pike for the photos.

–  Coral Shand –

Cast your votes now

Voting has now opened in the 2016 Rockstar Genealogists Awards.  Two of our members, Sharn White and Jill Ball, as well as two of our recent guest speakers, Kerry Farmer and Heather Garnsey, appear on this list.

Take a look at the list and cast your votes in this annual international event now. Voting will close at 6 pm EDT on Sunday 11 September.


Trove Tuesday – Waddell Wedding

Celebrated in Hornsby 113 years ago.  There are still members of the Waddell family in the area today.


1903 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 29 August, p. 10. , viewed 09 Aug 2016,


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