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Hornsby Shire Recollects

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

 

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Geneagala Success

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.

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Coordinator Coral Shand, Guest Chris Yeats, Presenter Jill Ball

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Neil Chippendale shares the news on the British Newspaper Archive

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Presenter Lyn Parsons spoke on Early NSW Church Records

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Prizewinner Maureen with coordinator Coral.

Family History for You

NFHM-logoIn celebration of National Family History Month Hornsby Shire Family History Group will be hosting its 3rd Annual Geneagala in conjuction with Hornsby Library.

When: Saturday 12th August 2017, 10:00 am to 3pm

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

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

10:00 am Welcome – Coral Shand, Hornsby Shire Family History Group
10:15 Is there really nothing there? – Family history research in the 21st century – Christine Yeats
11:30  National Archives of Australia: records for family history – Coral Shand
12:15 The British Newspaper Archive – Neil Chippendale
1:00 Beginning Family History: 10 rules, 10 tips, 10 resources – Jill Ball
1:45 Early Church Records/Films for NSW – Lyn Parsons
2:15 Using Trove and online newspapers for research – Jill Ball
2:45 Prize Draw – Main Prize A gift certificate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) for any online course from a choice of over 200 courses  – Coral Shand

Genealogy Clinic

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

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.

For further information please contact:
Coral Shand, Coordinator  cshand21@gmail.com
Jill Ball, Communications  jillballau@gmail.com 
Local Studies, Hornsby Shire Library & Information Service.

Christmas at our Library

Those of us who attended our meeting at Hornsby Library today were greeted by a large Christmas tree on the wall outside the Meeting Room.

The tree, mounted on a wall, consists of copies of Christmas cards sent to and from the troops in World War I. If you are in the vicinity of the library do call in and see the tree.

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Hornsby Library Christmas Tree (above)

Some of the Images on the Tree (Below)

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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

Celebrating Family History

In spite of the fact that our Geneagala Day clashed with the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio we had a healthy turnout for our National Family History Month event held at Hornsby Library yesterday.

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Members and visitors at the Geneagala

Thanks to Neil Chippendale from the Library who set up our areas and to the dozen or so Hornsby Shire Family History Group volunteers who worked throughout the day  meeting, greeting and mentoring people.

There was a good rollup to hear guest speaker (and local resident) Kylie Rees from The History Company talk to us about Archiving our digital records.

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Kylie’s Presentation

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Kylie Rees

Our members Coral Shand and Jill Ball also gave presentations during the day while a band of volunteers helped visitors solve their family history problems.

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One of our members, Bronwyn, won the gift certificate for a free course from NIGS (The National Institute for Genealogical Studies while a member, Diana, won the bottle of wine.

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At the conclusion of the event all of the attendees agreed that they had learnt something new….what more could we ask for?

My Heritage added to Hornsby collection

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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.

http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library/resources-and-research/family-history/general-family-history-sites

Should you need assistance using this resource please visit Hornsby Library and one of the Local Studies staff will be pleased to assist.