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Christine Yeats

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 (2017)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.


Australian Royalty at Hornsby

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.



You can’t have one without the other…

As we become interested in researching our family history we get to the stage where we want to go beyond names, dates and events to learn about the places our ancestors lived, played and worked.

Just like Love and Marriage and Horses and Carriages, Family History goes together with Local History.

In our local area The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc aims to to encourage the study of the history of Hornsby Shire, to foster an interest in the history of Hornsby Shire, to compile authentic records, and to collect, preserve and exhibit objects which have affected, and will continue to affect, the lifestyle and occupations of the residents of Hornsby Shire, both past and present.

At our monthly meeting tomorrow, 21 September at 2:00pm in Hornsby Library Mari Metzke from The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc will join us as our guest speaker to tell us about the Society, its resources and how it can help our members add to the stories of their ancestors from our area.

We will endeavour to organise a tour of the facilities of The Hornsby Shire Historical Society Inc  in our eductional program for 2017.


But wait, there’s more…

It’s  National Family History Month and we have one more treat in store for you.  Heather Garnsey, Executive Officer at The Society of Australian Genealogists will be the guest speaker at our August Meeting.  You can read about Heather and her involvement in the genealogy world in this interview from last year.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends at this event.

Heather Garnsey

Guest Presenter – Immigration to Australia

During our first meeting group members indicated that they would appreciate a session on immigration. At our meeting at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday June 17 at 2:00 pm our guest presenter, Kerry Farmer will discuss immigration records for Australia.


Kerry Farmer

Kerry has been teaching family history classes since 1997. With degrees in both science and the arts, she is a member of the Educational Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and a regular speaker at conferences and other events. Kerry is also the Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their course series ‘Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Australian Records’.

Kerry authored DNA for Genealogists (3rd edn, 2015), Arrivals in Australia from 1788 (2015) and together with Rosemary Kopittke wrote Which Genealogy Program? (3rd edn, 2012) – all published by Unlock the Past.

Immigration records in Australia are not all held in one place – when, where and how they arrived affect where (and whether) such documents can be found. In this talk, Kerry Farmer describes the general principles of where to look for details of an ancestor’s arrival.

We thank Neil Chippendale and Hornsby Library for their support of this event. Please come along and invite your friends; visitors are most welcome.

To help with costs those attending are asked to make a gold coin donation.