Enhance your family history

Whether you are new to family history or have been researching for some time – you might be interested in attending one of the following sessions being held by Hawkesbury Library Service.

The Library subscribes to a number of useful family history databases including Ancestry,” Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Kim Ford explained.

“You’ll be able to find out what is available and what new material has been added, to help with your historical research,” he said.

Local History Librarian, Michelle Nichols will be on hand to help at the free session on Tuesday, 1 March 6:30-8:30pm.

To book your place, call 4560 4460 or email programs@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.

Forthcoming sessions will include Examining Historical Documents on Thursday, 28 April and ‘All you need to know about Historical Newspapers’ on Tuesday, 24 May.

On Wednesday, 9 March, come along to the Hawkesbury Family History Group Meeting and get some great tips from John Cann from State Records about Court and Gaol records.

Court records survive from the early days of the NSW settlement and cover a range of legal material. One of the unique collections held at State Records are the Gaol Photographs. Over 47,000 entries are currently available. Covering the period 1870 to 1930, the records usually include a mug shot of each prisoner and a list of their convictions. John will expand on how these records can fill in the gaps in your research. The meeting starts at 10am and anyone interested in family and local history is welcome to attend.