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Convict Overload

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

 

 

 

 

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Trove Tuesday – Conrad von Hagen

People who have registered with Trove have the ability to tag articles with relevant keywords or to create lists of articles on a particular topic. This makes it easy to return to the list and access the articles. These lists can be found via a Trove search.

Whenever your blogger comes across an article that mentions persons from the Hornsby Shire she adds it to a list named Hornsby People. Perhaps one day we can organise a group to index these articles.

While searching for something to share with you today  I came across a list created by someone unknown to me. The list is named Hagen Family. It contains over 20 articles some of which refer to Conrad von Hagen who lived in William Street, Hornsby. You can access the list here http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=25577.

Another list with a local flavour is titled Hornsby Train murder. You can access that one here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=41555.

If you would like to know how to tag articles or create lists Jill would be happy to show you at our next informal meeting on January 25 at 10:00am.

Local face of World War One on show at Hornsby Shire Library

January 21 – February 2, 2017

An extraordinary and haunting series of 80 portraits of World War One soldiers from NSW, selected  from the State Library’s photographic collection, will go on show in a free display at the Hornsby Shire Library, from Saturday January 21 to Thursday February 2, 2017.

Produced as part of the State Library’s WWI centenary regional program, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project travelling display reveals the fascinating story behind the creation of the portraits and delivers a moving experience that bears witness to the individual faces of Australian soldiers, both young and old, who served their country.

In 1918 soldiers all across NSW were invited to have their portraits taken in Sydney by the leading photographic studio of the time, Crown Street Studios, before embarking overseas for what was to be a most deadly conflict far from home.

During this ambitious project, initiated by Sydney’s Crown Studios’ proprietor Mark Blow, a collection of over 1,600 portraits were either taken of soldiers or copied from existing images provided by family members, and this collection was subsequently donated to the Mitchell Library (now part of the State Library).

Exhibition curator Louise Tegart said “the information on the back of each print is just as moving as the portraits themselves with personal details handwritten, including whether soldiers made it home or not.”

Unfortunately, the project was never completed. A damaging fire at the Studio in December 1918 hindered the collection process and while copies of the portraits were protected in a fireproof safe, the Studio did not re-open again until 1 July 1919.

“Thanks to the tenacity and support of William Ifould, the Principal Librarian at the time, the collection of portraits was secured for future generations,” said Ms Tegart.

The State Library has released a collection of the portraits on Flickr Commons – New South Wales Servicemen Portraits 1918-1919 – located here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/sets/72157644355448247/

“The portraits capture the faces of men of all ages set against different backgrounds and sadly, it could be the only photograph families had of their sons, brothers or uncles,” said Ms Tegart.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR HORNSBY SHIRE RESIDENTS

If Hornsby Shire residents discover a family member on the State Library’s New South Wales Servicemen Portraits Flickr set, the Library will provide a digital file of the portrait free of charge.

To secure a digital print simply email media@sl.nsw.gov.au with your name, contact details and a link to the image.

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Trove Tuesday – Christmas Eve

It would be interesting to compare these 1914 numbers  with today’s.

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1914 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 3 January, p. 8. , viewed 04 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85960310

National Family History Month Geneagala Day

NFHM-logoAs part of our celebrations of National Family History Month, Hornsby Shire Family History Group in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Library invite you to attend our FREE Geneagala Day. Library staff and group members will be on hand to offer guidance throughout the day.

When: Saturday 6 August 2016, 10:15 am to 3pm

Where: Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby


Talks in the Main Meeting Room

10:20 Welcome  – Coral Shand, Hornsby Shire FHG Co-ordinator

10:30 – 11:30 Archiving Digital Records – Kylie Rees, Preservation Australia

12:00 – 1:00 Golden Rules of Genealogy – Coral Shand

1:30 – 2:30 21st Century Genealogy: Technology and software to support your research – Jill Ball

Genealogy Clinic

10:30 – 10:30 to 2:45 with Hornsby Shire FHG volunteers in the Esther Wait Room and Computer Room

Drop in 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.


For further details please email Jill Ball or Coral Shand.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: February 16, 2016

There’s something for everyone in this latest Familysearch update.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

It will take some time to peruse this week’s updates–50 in all! Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734 1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 . Find these and more by following the links bellow.

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