Category Archives: Resources

Free Access to Ancestry

News in the mailbox today.

Banish those winter blues – make the most of free access to Ancestry
Starting this Saturday, we’re giving you free access to all our UK and Irish records for three whole days.* So, you’ll want to know how to make the most of this opportunity.

The video below should be just what you need.
See how easy it is…

Watch now
*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 18 February and will be free until 20 February, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

Trove Tuesday – NSW Government Gazettes

Recently added to Trove were the Digitised copies of the Government Gazettes for New South Wales from 1832 to 2001. These goldmines of genealogical data give us some information on Hornsby families.

To find the articles below simple searches for suburb names in the Shire were used. You may recognise some local names in these snippets.

gazh011966 ‘GALSTON SCHOOL OF ARTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 September, p. 3860. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, ‘RE will of VICTOR ERNEST NEILLEY, late of Berowra, in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 March, p. 960. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1901 ‘IN BANKRUPTCY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 August, p. 6464. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,


1910 ‘SHIRE OF HORNSBY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 27 January, p. 622. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1989 ‘NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Re will of HEBER BAKER WILLIAMS, late of Hornsby (formerly of Thornleigh), in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 16 June, p. 3582. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1953 ‘APPOINTMENT OF HONORARY FIRE PATROL OFFICERS.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 24 December, p. 4258. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1979 ‘PRIVATE ADVERTISEMENTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 May, p. 2532. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

Familysearch Draws a Crowd

Paul Parton from Familysearch who made a return visit to our Group yesterday drew the largest audience we have entertained in our short history. It was heartening to see so many members and visitors supporting one of our favourite speakers.

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Paul’s time on the floor flew by as he demonstrated the features of Familysearch search and took questions from the floor. Paul has indicated that he may be able to return once more to demonstrate the use of and answer questions about the Familysearch Family Tree.

p1000327Paul Parton taking us on a tour of the Familysearch site.

As our guests s20161117_130632treamed in I noticed two new people carrying a couple of cardboard boxes. Elder and Sister McSweeney, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are presently serving a mission with the Church in Australia and came along to the meeting to support Paul. I was thrilled to meet and chat with these visitors from the genealogy mecca of Salt Lake City.

After Paul’s talk concluded the contents of the boxes were revealed. The McSweeneys had brought along goodie bags from Familysearch for those in attendance at our meeting. Thanks to Familysearch, Paul Parton and the McSweeneys for your support of The Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

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.

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.

Geneareaders’ Circle

At our last meeting 24 members shared details of books that have educated, enriched, informed or inspired their family  history experience. It was a successful activity in that we got to hear from some of our quieter members, hear of some old and new resources and be reminded of the range of print resources we can use to hunt down our ancestors.

You can see a list of resources discussed here: 20160316Genealogy Readers Circle Web  Thanks to Karen from Hornsby Library for adding details of where the books can be found.


HSFHG Members learn of new resources at our March Meeting