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.
At our meeting today our coordinator, Coral, announced that in 2016 we will be adding a second informal meeting to our schedule each month. We will meet in the Esther Wait room at Hornsby Central Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month from February to November from 10:00am to Noon. Please visit our Events page and mark the dates in your diaries.
You can borrow these resources from Hornsby Library
This new session will provide us with opportunities to undertake several activities including socialising, working collaboratively on our research, helping fellow members to use the technology and facilities at Hornsby Library for research and working together on projects to benefit the Hornsby community.
The activity will enale us to work towards these Aims:
- Promote the pursuit of genealogy in the Hornsby Shire
- Stimulate interest in, and encourage the recording of family history
- Collect and preserve genealogical information on Hornsby people
- Support the creation of local history files and indexes at Hornsby Shire Library
- Facilitate the exchange of information through publications, group activities, or on a one-toone basis
Thanks to Karen Richardson from Hornsby Library for organising this time for us and to Neil Chippendale and the team at Hornsby to their support of our efforts.
At our last meeting Sharn White showed fellow members how an article on her blog was responsible for her appearance on the TV program, Coast Australia with Neil Oliver.
Sharn White sharing her story
Sharn has generously shared her handout from the event . You can find it here on Google Drive.
(This is a BIG file and may take a while to download)
If you wish to read nore of Sharn’s well researched and documented blog posts you can visit her blogs: Family Convictions and Family History 4U
There is a variety of topics on the agenda for our fourth monthly meeting this week. Four of our members will present short “Poster Sessions” on a range of genealogy related topics. We will be unveiling our Group’s new logo and the group that has been working on our Mission Statement will be presenting four options for members’ consideration. The Library staff will share exciting news about a new database available for use in the library.
Members should have received the minutes of our last meeting via email, if you have not received this please contact one of our organisers.
We welcome visitors to our meetings and hope to see some new faces at Hornsby Library at 2:00 pm on Wednesday 20 May. Perhaps we will even sign up our fiftieth member.
The inaugural meeting of our Group yesterday (25 Feb 2015) was an outstanding success.
We were hoping for an attendance of around fifteen enthusiasts but were delighted when our number grew to thirty eight and, with Neil Chippendale and Karen Richardson from Hornsby Library, our tally of attendees reached forty. There were also several apologies and the inclement weather probably kept a few more people away. It was gratifying to see that most of those in attendance signed up for membership of the group.
Neil Chippendale opens our meeting
After an introduction by Neil Chippendale from Hornsby Library our Group’s coordinator, Coral Shand, took the chair. Following a discussion of the Group’s format and purpose/functions/activities Coral involved all present in an activity to determine priorities for future meetings of the Group.
Thank you to all who ventured out in the rain for our first meeting, your enthusiasm and contributions to our discussions yesterday have given us many ideas to get started on a draft program of activities for the year. Thanks also to those present who graciously agreed to have their photos taken for this blog post.
We are indebted to Neil, Karen, Hornsby Library and Hornsby Council for their support of this venture.