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.
The 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.
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 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.
Congratulations to member Garry Smith who recently completed the Diploma in Family Historical Studies with The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG).
Garry was presented with his Diploma at a ceremony at the Society on May 13.
L-R Janette Pelosi, Garry Smith, Unknown, Martyn Killion (SAG President)
The theme of our General Meeting last Wednesday was Convicts. Eight members shared stories of their convict ancestors – it’s amazing that we are all such upright citizens when we reflect on the deeds of some of our ancestors.
A show of hands indicated that most of those present were Australian Royalty (ie descendants of convicts). We gathered the least shy of that regal group for a photo.
It seems as though many of our members have convict ancestors. At yesterday’s meeting several members shared stories of these errant men and women. Unfortunately we had so many members willing to talk about their black sheep that we ran out of time. We will schedule another day later in the year when those who missed out can share their stories.
Thanks to member Garry Smith for giving us permission to post the timeline he created for his ancestor Thomas Thompson, who resided in the local area. You can view the file here: http://wp.me/a5Hvx9-mQ
A quick perusal of the It’s an Honour Database indicates that several Hornsby People received awards in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
Some of the awardees are:
BOYAGES, John – Cheltenham
CHILTON, Roger Henry – Hornsby
CHOW, Roberta Therese – Beecroft
FAHEY, James Robert – Thornleigh
HECTOR, Donald Charles – Beecroft
LISTON, Carol Ann – Beecroft
MAXWELL, William Chisholm – Beecroft
MOLAN, Lynnette Jean – Cherrybrook
NETTHEIM, Dawn Esther – Beecroft
PARK, Archibald – Cheltenham
We send our congratulations to these people from our Shire.