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200 year Anniversary

Many of our members have ancestors who spent time at The Female Factory in Parramatta.  You may be interested in attending the event celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie laying the foundation stone for the Parramatta Female Factory & to commemorate the lives of the women, children & men who are a part of this history on Saturday July 7th. Click on the link below to view the poster for the event.

Parramatta Female Factory Bicentennial Poster

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David Michel

We were saddened to hear of the death last month of David Michel, a founding member of the Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

David, a resident of Mount Colah, was the first secretary of our Group. He was a passionate family historian with ancestry from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Sweden, England and New Zealand . He was particularly proud of his ancestor, Matthew James Everingham, a First Fleeter.

We extend our condolences to his widow, Anne and family.

Annual Geneagala Day – August 4, 2018

Members, Family History Enthusiasts and Community Members are invited to our Annual Geneagala Day.

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Location: Hornsby Library,
Event cost: Gold Coin Donation
Contact: Hornsby Library
Phone: 9847 6813
Email: library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

 

As part of National Family History Month the Hornsby Shire Family History Group, in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Library, invite you to attend our annual Geneagala Day. We are pleased to host our special guest speaker, historian Dr Noeline Kyle, Honorary Professor Sydney University, who will be giving two informative talks (bookings essential, gold coin donation at door).

Writing Family History
Morning session 10.30am
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Researching and Writing About Women and Children in Family History
Afternoon session 1.30pm
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In addition to these formal presentations our members will be on hand to help you. Drop in throughout the day for:

  • Advice for beginners
  • Assistance with online resources and other Hornsby Library family history resources
  • Help with brickwalls and research problems
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Members and guests at our 2017 Geneagala Day

Author visit to Hornsby Library

Sydney historian and author, Peter Cochrane, will be visiting Hornsby Library next week on June 7 to discuss his latest book The Making of Martin Sparrow. This event will be of interest to those with convict ancestors or forebears from the Hawkesbury region.

Full details are available via this link https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-making-of-martin-sparrow-9780670074068.

Peter Cochrane - front

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

 

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.