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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.

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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,
Lilian

 

 

Afternoon,

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.

After an interesting start to the meeting, being locked out, the night was great.

Mel did a fantastic presentation on how to restore old photos and her results were great. She uses Photoshop for her restoration work and it seems very easy to use.

 

Following Mel's talk, we had some show and tell, with Wendy and Margaret having some really old photos to show us.

Wendy with her Grandfather's football team's photo. Her Great-Grandfather and an Uncle are also in the photo. The Uncle died in World War 1.

                                 Margaret with her Gallipoli photo, showing then and now.

We ended the evening with some Christmas cheer.

 

Thank you everyone for your support, this year, there are some interesting times ahead.

Merry Christmas,
Lilian.

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This was a fascinating exploration of how to digitally enhance your old photos using Photoshop Elements. The techniques could be transferred to any photo editing software. We all needed to go home and dig out that software we hadn't used and experiment.

A small group, last night but we had some interesting discussions. The sharing of knowledge is great and I know several people filled in some blanks.

Elaine had interesting show and ask. One was an evening bag that looks like it was knitted metal and the other was a shawl, also with metal through it. She wanted to know where she could get information as to the period they were made in. The Powerhouse Museum and a local librarian where suggested.

Another of our members has found details of an ancestor, who served in the Union Army, in the American Civil War, fascinating.

We also had Rowan show his newly published family history book. So much research has gone into the book about a fascinating branch of his tree. Rowan self published through lulu.com.

Next month we have Natalie giving a talk on her book.

Bye for now,
Lilian

On Tuesday, Janette Pelosi, from NSW State Records, was our guest speaker. Janette gave a very interesting talk about the types of records held at State records and how beneficial they can be for family researchers.

The NSW State records have a wonderful range of pamphlets, called Archives in Brief. A copy of Archives in Brief #7, Tracing your family history , is useful in that it mentions the different records.
Some other useful ones are #1 - Shipping and arrival records; #2 - Convict records; #4- Inquests and coronial records; #19 - Teachers; #26- Schools 1788-c1979 and many more. Janette mentioned that there is 126 Archives in Brief now available. Look at the web site www.records.nsw.gov.au for the full list and spend some time searching for your ancestors.

I have found many interesting pieces of information, from visiting State Records and recommend visiting them, at Kingswood.

Here are some photos of Janette's presentation.