Seventeen people braved the cold and rain to attend our meeting, last night. Allan Murrin presented a workshop on FamilySearch.org

The projector was very out of focus, making it very hard to see what he was pointing to and the internet was slow, but I think everyone had a good time.

We had been give a Gift Voucher, from The National Institute of Genealogical Studies, Toronto, for our door prize. It was for a free subject, of your choice, to the value of $120. John Moore was the winner and I'm sure he will be able to find a topic to study.

This Saturday, 6th, is the Royal Australian Historical Society's day at Bankstown. Check out our links page to see all about it.

October 22 -23 is the weekend, conference. This year in Wollongong.

Next month, Donna from the library at RAHS, will be our guest speaker..

Also next month, the NSW Family History Societies are having their conference, at Camden, again see our what's on page, for details.


Bye for now,



Presidents Report for the year 2015-2016.

Welcome to the second Annual General Meeting of the Bankstown Family History Group.

I would like to acknowledge the Bidjigal/Dharug peoples, traditional owners of the land that the Bankstown Sports Club is on.

The past twelve months have seen the group maintain steady numbers at each meeting. We have had some members leave, due to ill health and personal reasons. We have also welcomed new members.

From June 2015 until December 2015 we met in Community room 2, at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre. This venue was good but we could not rely on the room being open, for our meetings and then they increased the room hire fees, to more than double. This led us to seek a new, reasonably priced venue that would offer us stability. Rowan Morrison approached the Bankstown District Sports Club, on our behalf and they have very generously sponsored us, with both the room and AV requirements. I would like to personally thank the Club for their ongoing support and I know that the members of this group feel safer, coming here, than over at the library.

We have had a wide range of guest speakers, covering a wonderful array of topics. With the centenary of the ANZAC landings, we had Alan Ashton speak on WW1 and then in April several members presented stories of the own service personal. Janette Pelosi and John Cann, both from NSW Archives came and imparted their knowledge. Janette on what the archives holds and how to access them and John on what records related to the Bankstown area. Both talks were very useful.

Lorraine Turtle took us beyond Birth, Death and Marriages, with her talk.

We have had several people come and talk about how they researched and then published their information. It is always good to hear what others have done, as this gives us new ideas.

December saw our Christmas party, and the night we were locked out of the room, Melissa Hulbert, gave a wonderful talk on Photoshop Elements on how to look after and fix your old photos.


Rowan chaired the February meeting, as I was in Salt Lake City, attending RootsTech. Thank you Rowan for this and being the Chairman, in July and August, whilst I was overseas.

The March meeting had Jill Ball and I speak about our time at RootsTech. This is a massive genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City, every February. It combines genealogy and technology, with speakers, workshops and vendors.

May brought our second birthday, a fact that slipped by me as we had Cassie Mercer, from Inside History, as our guest speaker and she was wonderful. We have purchased several of the books, she was promoting and they have been added to our library.

Last September we were awarded a small grant of $800, towards our room fees. As I have mentioned, we have changed venues and no longer pay fees. This money has been used to cover our insurance, something we have kept going, for our peace of mind, and other expenses we have. We haven’t applied for any grants this year.


We have a new website, thank you Teresa Clark, for you work on that. The comments have been very favourable. Our Facebook page is attracting new members but this hasn’t transferred to paid members, as such.


With the amalgamation of Bankstown and Canterbury Councils, we no longer have a patron.

We had a table at the Royal Australian Historical Society’s annual conference, held in October. The event was well attended and comments about having a family history group, in the area, were good.


I would like to say “Thank You” to my committee and to you members, without your support and encouragement, this group would not exist.

(Having problems with the photos, they show in the draft but not on the site. 🙁 )

We had a small but enthusiastic group, last night, to hear John Cann speak on 'Discovering Bankstown'. He gave us a wonderful tour through State Archives, NSW Lands Department, National Archives, Trove and NSW Birth, Death and Marriages. From land grants, to school records and the fire,  destroyed the Torch newspaper. The journey was full of interesting tit bits and how to access the information.

I also mentioned a letter that the group had received from, The Women's Pioneer Society and I've attached the photo, with the details.

Here is the link to the NSW State Library. They offer interesting talks and workshops and you can access information, online, just by having a library card. The card is free and it is well worth obtaining one.


Bye for now,


John CannP1620571

As we now know Bankstown City Council has merged with Canterbury Council, with the name The City of Canterbury Bankstown. As such the group will welcome anyone from any area, who wishes to join and pursue the enriching (expensive) hobby, of Genealogy.

Well back to researching my Vaughans. Boy have they a tangled web!







I spread the news of our meeting far and wide and we had two visitors, who saw our ad in AFTC! Thrilled about that.  We had a really good turn-out and a past member, Val came for a visit. Good to catch-up.

Cassie Mercer, from Inside History, was our guest speaker and gave a great talk on Irish Wattle, convicts who were transported to Australia. This included two of Cassie's ancestors. She is an excellent speaker and I hope she will come and speak again.

Margaret showed us her Mother's Day present, a five generation photo, from her Dad back. The photos are beautiful. Such a wonderful keepsake.

Bye for now,

A good turn out for last nights meeting, lots of interesting stories about WW1 & WW2 servicemen and women. Jeni, gave a wonderful presentation on Google Focus and mapping ancestors. Something that might have to be repeated. We also welcomed two new members, Kerin and Francisca.

Next month Cassie Mercer, from Inside History is speaking on Early Irish Immigrants and in June John from NSW Archives, is speaking. Topic to come.

Happy Ancestor Hunting,

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This month was a do-it-yourself month. Members of our group took it in turns to make presentations about one of their ancestors who had served in a military capacity. No two presentations were alike. A very informative and entertaining evening.


After the 'problems' with our previous 'home', our meeting place has moved to Bankstown Sports.  It was lovely to walk in and be able to start the meeting, with it being all set-up for us. The club had our meeting, showing on their 'What's On' board.  The meeting was well attended.

This is our room. They even had cold water and glasses waiting for us.

Jill's presentation, about RootsTech was great. I learnt things about when it started and how she became an ambassador.


Our banner, to welcome people to the meeting.

Socialising, before the meeting.

Bye for now,




After a great 2015, the last meeting had us placed in limbo for a venue for 2016.  For those who weren't there, they hadn't unlocked the room, told us we weren't booked and also want to charge us $880 extra a year.  Rowan has approached the Bankstown Sports Club and we should know by the end of the month or early February, if they will accept us. Fingers crossed.  We are looking at a venue for February's meeting and as soon as we have one, you will know.
Rowan will give a presentation at the February meeting of finding information, getting organised and he will mention the Genealogy Do-Over, that I have started. There is a Facebook page, run by Thomas MacEntee, it is well worth a look.
March will see Jill Ball and I give a presentation all about Roots Tech.
April, you will have to do some work. We want your stories about your WW1 or WW11 ancestors. Power point presentations welcome, aim for around 10 minuets, to present. That way we can have more.
May, Cassie Mercer, from Inside History will speak on Early Irish Convicts. She will also have book to sell.
June and July are in the pipeline, with a request into NSW State Records of another visit. July is also our AGM.
September, Donna Newton, from the Royal Australian Historical Society, will speak about their library. As a group member, we can use their library.
August and October are also in the pipeline. More to come
November and December, I have approached Carole Riley to talk on Land Records in Australia and New Zealand.
Once we have State Records and Carole locked in, we will look at other options, for the remaining months, suggestions are welcome.
I am also thinking that we could car pool and head to the archives, for a spot of research. Looking at March or early April.