It is with sadness that I write this post.

Our group is no longer, with just the formalities of becoming un-incorporated, closing the bank account and the dispersal of our assets, to be done.

We have had declining numbers, for some time, but ever optimistic, I had hoped that more people would join, sadly this didn't happen.  Last night 12 of the 13 financial members voted, unanimously to close the group. (One was absent.)

The Facebook page is no longer and this website to will cease, with the non-renewal of our domain name, in March 2018.

Thank you to those who physically supported our group, each month, it was very much appreciated.



Well it is June and our meeting is next week. John Graham from the Ryerson Index is speaking.

At this meeting we will be accepting nominations fro committee positions, especially Treasurer/Membership, Library and Ordinary Member. These positions aren't very taxing and we only meet, as a committee three or four times a year, at the Sports Club. Please consider standing and let us know on Tuesday. The only thing is, you MUST be a financial member of the group. This brings me to the reminder that fees are due by 31 June, before our AGM in July. See Teresa about them.

Craig Whiting, our current ordinary member is reviewing our constitution, in light of changes Fair Trading has made. We might be looking at either a new constitution, making change to ours or accepting theirs.

These are our up-coming meeting topics.

June 6 - Ryerson Index.

July 4 - AGM and Craig will speak on computer storage for photos etc.

August 1 - Rowan is bring us part two of Getting Organised, how to on the computer and Teresa will present  a hands on workshop, re how to access our library.

September 5 - Lorraine Turtle is speaking about Earning a Crust; Employment records in NSW Archives. This is also  Bring a Friend Night.

October 3 - Peter Plowman will talk on 20th century immigration to Australia and he will have some books to sell.

November 7 - Wendy and Terry Nunan will talk on Thinking Outside the Square. Different ways to find those missing ancestors.

December 5 - is a hands on workshop, Using Free Websites. This is to get you inspired for the Christmas break.

For both August and December you will need a laptop or tablet.

We are also thing about a BBQ, as a ay of getting together, outside of the meeting night. Thinking about East Hills Park but are still working on a date.

Bye for now,


May! Where did April go?

Our little group is getting smaller and smaller and this is causing us to worry. We are fortunate that the Bankstown Sports Club continues to support us with the room and use of the AV BUT we still have bills that need to be met.

We had hoped that we would be able to drop the fees  but as the number of financial members is small this can't happen. We still have to pay insurance and memberships to supporting bodies. I am very open to ideas as to how we can increase and keep our membership.


Our April meeting saw Jeff Madson give an interesting talk on how we can use maps in our research. For those who haven't looked at this, go to

SIX Maps

Parish and historical maps - Land and Property Information

Both of these give you access to a variety of maps. I have also found that the City of Sydney website, it has a wonderful section under the Learn tab, Explore our Collection. I have found some really old maps of Sydney.
Our May meeting was our 3rd Birthday and cupcakes were enjoyed by all.
Karen Rogers fro the Guild of One-Name Studies, GOONS, gave a wonderful talk on Surnames and how they came about and how they spread. She also made a good point that listen to how a person says the name, because back when our ancestors arrived they might have been illiterate and have a broad accent. When they said the surname, the person, who wrote it down, might have written it how it sounded and because the person couldn't read, to correct it, the surname changed.
I have two One-Name studies on the drawing board. One for Abberton and one for Chasmar. Both require work.
Our June meeting will have John Graham present a talk on the Ryerson Index.
Don't know about the Ryerson Index, have a look.
That's all for this month,

We had a small but enthusiastic group attend, on Tuesday.


I gave a presentation on Getting Organised. It dealt with the problem of paper documents, photos, back-ups and what you can do, with them. Ideas were discussed and information shared. Part Two of this topic will be in August, when Rowan gives the computer side. I did show how I keep my saved links organised but I'm looking forward to hearing his talk.

Next month we are looking at  Obscure Place Names and Parish Maps, with Jeff Madson. I have heard Jeff speak before and he is very knowledgeable. I hope to be able to find some of my 'missing' places after this.

Easter is coming up and it is a wonderful opportunity, when with family to both take photos and to talk to the older generation or even get the grandchildren to interview you. Let them set the questions and see what happens.

This month I started writing the family story of my mother's maternal side. It is going slowly as I keep finding more things to triple check and then I get side-tracked. I'll keep you posted each month or you can go to my other blog, Lilian's Tree.

Bye for now,


Morning, It is very wet here, in Bankstown having rained all night. Staying in and updating things.

Our meetings have been organised for every month, except December.

 July 4   Is our AGM and this night we won't have a speaker as there is a lot to discuss. But please bring show and tell.

August 1.  Rowan will present Part 2 of Getting Organised.

September 5.  Lorraine Turtle is going to talk on Earning a Crust, Employment Records.

October 3. Peter Plowman is talking on Migration to Australia. Mostly 20th Century.

November 3. Wendy & Terry Nunan are going to talk about, Thinking outside the square- research hints for overcoming dead ends.  This is good close to the holidays, will get you enthused for searching.

December 5. TBA.  Ideas welcome.


I've made 2017 the year that I publish some of my family history. I'll keep you posted.

Bye for now,