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.
Members, Family History Enthusiasts and Community Members are invited to our Annual Geneagala Day.
Event cost: Gold Coin Donation
Phone: 9847 6813
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
Researching and Writing About Women and Children in Family History
Afternoon session 1.30pm
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
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.
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
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.
Coordinator Coral Shand, Guest Chris Yeats, Presenter Jill Ball
Neil Chippendale shares the news on the British Newspaper Archive
Presenter Lyn Parsons spoke on Early NSW Church Records
Prizewinner Maureen with coordinator Coral.
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.
When: Saturday 12th August 2017, 10:00 am to 3pm
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
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.