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.

Welcome to the first Annual General Meeting for our group.

The past twelve months have seen the group maintain a steady attendance at the monthly meetings, with an average of 14 people at most meetings.


We settled in to our new premises in May 2014 and this has enabled us to promote the group, to the broader community, by leaflets left at local libraries, community hubs and an interview on the local radio.


We have had a range of guest and group presenters, with Jeni Madden giving the group a tour of the libraries’ Local/Family History Room, before the start of our first meeting, in our room.


Allan Murrin has given two excellent presentations, the first on NSW, BDM’s and the second on Family Search. Our use of technology was tested with Allan’s first presentation, when we were missing cables.


Several of the group showed us what family tree programs they used and explained how they worked.


Jeni gave a very useful presentation on preserving our photos and what to use.


We have had two speakers on Soldiers, with Ellen and Craig, sharing the knowledge about World War 1 Diggers. Kerrin, from the Canterbury Historical Society spoke on Enrolled Pensioner Guards, in Western Australia.


We had a change to the Committee, with Rosemarie Marsden stepping down as Minuets Secretary and Paula Tuffy taking over that position.


We have had two patrons, the Mayor, with Councillor Asfour stepping down and Councillor Downey becoming our patron.


We were awarded a $2000  seeding grant, in the Clubs Grant scheme. This has enabled us to cover our initial expenses and undertake publicity for the group. We have to report back to the Bankstown Sports Club on what we have used the money for.


We also won a $200 book voucher, from Unlock The Past, part of Gould Genealogy, for promoting the group on the National History Month Facebook page. We purchased  sixteen books and set up our own library. Ingrid O’Neil is our librarian.


We have been represented at two Botany Bay Family History Fairs, with mixed success.


Elaine, Teresa and I promoted the group at Panania Markets in December. Comments were positive and we featured in both local papers.


This year we have moved into Community Room 2 and have made use of the technology, with several ‘hands on’ workshops, so far this year.


In May we celebrated our first birthday, with several hours doing research in the Local/Family History room. This was followed by the cutting of a birthday cake, in the café.


Show and Tell has been a wonderful part of the meetings, with members showcasing interesting articles, that belonged to their ancestors. A highlight was a World War 1 bugle.


We have a website, Facebook page and our own email address and have just had a logo designed for us and it is now on the website. I blog to the site and Teresa keeps the What’s On page and the Photos page up to date. Thank you.


The committee are in regular contact and work well together, bouncing ideas around and working through any problems. One of our aims is to have guest speakers booked, in advance and up on the web site. This will enable others to see what is happening.


As President, I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to my committee and to you the members, without your support and encouragement, this group would not be where it is today.


May we grow, in strength and numbers in the next twelve months.

This link is for abbreviations that you find in genealogy and don't know what they mean. While it is from Roots Web and Ancestry, it is free. If you print it off, it is 13 pages.

Bye for now,
I hadn't paid much attention to these but on the weekend I did some browsing. They contain a wealth of information and while you still have to go to Archives NSW, at Kingswood, they give you the reel number to search. very interesting.