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Annual Geneagala Day – August 4, 2018

Members, Family History Enthusiasts and Community Members are invited to our Annual Geneagala Day.


Location: Hornsby Library,
Event cost: Gold Coin Donation
Contact: Hornsby Library
Phone: 9847 6813
Email: library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au


As part of National Family History Month the Hornsby Shire Family History Group, in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Library, invite you to attend our annual Geneagala Day. We are pleased to host our special guest speaker, historian Dr Noeline Kyle, Honorary Professor Sydney University, who will be giving two informative talks (bookings essential, gold coin donation at door).

Writing Family History
Morning session 10.30am
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Researching and Writing About Women and Children in Family History
Afternoon session 1.30pm
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In addition to these formal presentations our members will be on hand to help you. Drop in throughout the day for:

  • Advice for beginners
  • Assistance with online resources and other Hornsby Library family history resources
  • Help with brickwalls and research problems

Members and guests at our 2017 Geneagala Day


Martyn Killion

P1050225The guest speaker for our meeting in National Family History Month is Martyn Killion, Manager Public Access, State Archives and Records NSW.

You are invited to join us at 2:00pm on Wednesday 16 August at Hornsby Central Library to hear Martyn tell us about the State Archives Website and how the resources there can help us with our family history research.

Martyn has been involved in genealogy for 40 years. He  is a qualified information professional with experience in Arts NSW who has also worked at the State Library of NSW.  In addition to supporting family historians through his work in  the State Archives Martyn holds voluntary positions in the genealogy arena. He is currently President of The Society of Australian Genealogists  and is on the organising committee for Congress 2018.

We are privileged to have Martyn as our National Family History Month guest.


Michelle Nichols at Hornsby Shire FHG

We invited a special guest speaker to Hornsby for our National Family History Month meeting. Visitors travelled from as far as Wollongong to hear Michelle Nichols speak on “Researching Hawkesbury Families” at Hornsby Library today. A straw poll prior to Michelle’s presentation found that most audience members had ancestral links with the Hawkesbury.

Jonathan Auld sets up the presentation while Jill Ball introduces Michelle

Jonathan Auld sets up the presentation while Jill Ball introduces Michelle

Michelle commenced her presentation with some historical background of the Hawkesbury region before she talked about researching ancestors from the area. We learnt about when the area was settled, about transport and services and work and play in the Hawkesbury. Michelle discussed the resources available at Hawkesbury Library for research, gave some general tips for reseaarch and highlighted the importance of going beyond mere Birth, Death and Marriage facts to add context to our ancestors’ stories. Visitors left with some very useful handouts that Michelle had prepared.

Before the lights went out  - Michelle commences her talk

Before the lights went out – Michelle commences her talk

Michelle’s excellent Powerpoint presentation had few words; the many historic photos of Hawkesbury people and places gave context to Michelle’s words. Michelle was most gracious in talking individually to our audience during afternoon tea and after our meeting. One attendee commented that he didn’t know much about the Hawkesbury prior to Michelle’s talk but after it he knew it all.


Michelle takes questions from the audience

Links to some of the resources Michelle discussed can be found here: http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/familyhistory/ and Hawkesbury Library Catalaogue can be found here http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/ and Claim a Convict can be found here: http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/claimaconvict/.

Thanks to Karen Richardson form Hornsby Library for taking photos of our event. Thanks also to member Bronwyn for being such a delightful meeter and greeter.

We look forward to welcoming more visitors to our National Family History Month Genealogy Clinic on Saturday 22 August.

Genealogy Clinic


As part of the celebration of National Family History Month, Hornsby Shire Family History Group in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Library invite you to attend a FREE Genealogy Clinic. Library staff and group members will be on hand to offer guidance throughout the day.

When: Saturday 22 August 2015, 10am to 3pm

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

“Beginning Family History” free talk with Jill Ball in the Meeting Room at 10.30 am.

Jill Ball

Jill Ball

Drop in throughout the day for:

  • Help for beginners
  • Assistance with online resources and other Hornsby Library resources
  • Help with Brickwalls and research problems
  • Tips for organising your research
  •  A chat with Hornsby Shire FHG members

At 3:00 pm there will be a prize draw of a free gift certificate for any online course from a choice of over 200 courses from NFHM prize sponsor National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS). Those who attend the Michelle Nichols talk on Wednesday 19th August or the Genealogy Clinic will be eligible to enter.

National Family History Month


National Family History Month in Australia is just around the corner. Our Group will be hosting two events during this month of celebrations.

August 19, 2:00pm.  HSFHG Meeting in the Main Meeting Room – Hornsby Central Library
NFHM Guest Speaker – Michelle Nichols OAM  “Researching Hawkesbury families”

August 22, 10:30am – 3:00 pm HSFHG Family History Month Event  Main Meeting Room – Hornsby Central Library Genealogy Clinic. A Saturday event.
The event will commence with a talk on “Beginning Family History” by member  Jill Ball

In addition to our events many libraries and family history groups will be hosting events similar to ours; a full list can be found at http://www.familyhistorymonth.org.au/.  In addition the coordinator of the event has posted a list of activities that one can undertake in one’s time, 31 Activities for Researchers During NFHM, which will be posted shortly on the event website. There will also be an opportunity for family historians to enter a draw to win some useful resources..