Tag Archives: Kerry Farmer

Scottish Research

One of Australia’s leading professional genealogists, Kerry Farmer, is returning to Hornsby Shire Family History Group next week to talk to us about Scottish Research.   Kerry has previously visited Hornsby to speak about DNA and Immigration.


Kerry Farmer (R) with Jill Ball at Hornsby Shire FHG in 2016

Kerry, who has been teaching family history classes since 1997, chairs the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and presents seminars and classes there as well as at other organisations in Australia and overseas.. She currently teaches online courses in “Australian and New Zealand Genealogy” through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Kerry will be representing Australia as a presenter at Rootstech London in 2019.

You are invited to join us at Hornsby Central Library next Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00pm to hear Kerry’s presentation. Entry is by Gold coin donation.

Cast your votes now

Voting has now opened in the 2016 Rockstar Genealogists Awards.  Two of our members, Sharn White and Jill Ball, as well as two of our recent guest speakers, Kerry Farmer and Heather Garnsey, appear on this list.

Take a look at the list and cast your votes in this annual international event now. Voting will close at 6 pm EDT on Sunday 11 September.


Happy Birthday …. to Us

Yesterday was an important day in our Group’s history.

At this present time we have over 90 members from all corners of the Hornsby Shire and beyond. We thank you all for your support of our endeavours. We thank Hornsby Council  and particularly Neil Chippendale and Karen Richardson from the Library for provision of facilities and ongoing support for our Group.

Fifty-eight members and visitors, supported by two library staff, gathered at Hornsby Library to celebrate our first anniversary at our February meeting. Members will receive the minutes of our gathering in due course but, in the interim, we are sharing a few happy snaps from the event.


Earlybirds are in place


Jill Ball   (Left) and Coral Shand (Right) welcome guest speaker, Kerry Farmer


Coral opens the meeting


Kerry’s presentation was illuminating


An attentive audience

And then there was cake.  Hornsby Library‘s Neil Chippendale, who was the catalyst for the Group’s establishment, blew out the candle.


Coral Shand, Neil Chippendale, Karen Richardson, Jill Ball


Tea break – time to chat with friends


Tea Break – an opportunity to ask Kerry that important question



A “Wonderful” Presentation

Kerry Farmer’s talk on Immigration at Hornsby Library yesterday was an outstanding success. One attendee described it as “wonderful” and many audience members told our coordinator, Coral, how much they appreciated her talk. Information about the talk and links can be found here on Kerry’s website.


Coral Shand introduces Kerry Farmer

It was pleasing that 47 members and visitors came along to hear Kerry, our first guest presenter, speak. That is the the largest attendance we have had at one of our meetings to date. Thanks to Neil Chipendale and Hornsby Library for organising sponsorship for this event. Thanks also to Karen  Richardson for taking photos of the event.


Coral, Kerry and Jan Brady after the presentation

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.