The October meeting saw a small but very interested group of members and guests gather to listen to our guest speaker, John Cann. He arrived a bit tardy having been misled as to the meeting room, but after combatting some technology demons, he gave a fascinating and informative talk about discovering your not so salubrious ancestors in the State Records Archives. There is no doubt that even though he spoke for 90 minutes, he had only skimmed the surface of his knowledge of the archives. There is a wealth of untapped resources available to the historian who explores the State Archives website or who ventures out to their repository at Kingswood.

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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.

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Bye for now,

Lilian

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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,
Lilian

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,
Lilian.

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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.