Please be advised that the Family History Rooms will be closing at 5pm on a Thursday afternoon during the winter period. Normal hours will resume from Thursday 3rd October 2019.
We have been advised that as from the 1st July 2019 the cost of Family History Certificates issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has increased. A certificate is deemed to be a family history certificate if the birth is over 100 years, a death is over 30 years and a marriage is over 50 years. The cost of such a certificate where you provide the registration number is now $35, while it will be $48 if you do not have the registration number. Please check the registries web site for full particulars of fee increases.
The society has been fortunate to secure local identity Geoff Mann to Share His Story with us on Friday 19th July at 2pm. Geoff will share with us his interest in his family history, and how it relates to wider community and sport history in Dubbo and surrounds. Make sure you mark this in your diary, as it will be an interesting presentation. It will be held as usual in the WPCC Community Arts Centre in Wingewarra Street, Dubbo. To cover the cost of afternoon tea $4 will be charged. Stay for a chat after the presentation and enjoy a cuppa with everyone.
The information session for July will cover accessing historic mental health records from asylums in New South Wales. The first ‘lunatic asylum’ in NSW opened in 1811 followed by hospitals for the infirm and homes for the poor. Learn how to access historic NSW mental health records and the type of information you may expect to find. These records can be invaluable in putting to rest a long-held family secret, and understanding the life your ancestor was living or suffering through at the time. You will also lean how to interpret the terminology of the day. The session will be held in the Music Room at WPCC, from 11am-12noon. There are only 20 places available so you need to book if you wish to attend. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Please advise Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email email@example.com to ensure your spot.
The society did not have a Share Your Story in April due to the Easter Break, so I am sure everyone will be looking forward to our May event. This month we have our President Linda Barnes presenting to us. Linda will share with us how she was puzzled by the mystery surrounding her grandmother. This then lead her down the path of genealogy, and the rest as they say, is family history. Linda is still as enthusiastic about her research as when she started, many years ago. Make sure you are here on Friday 17th May for a 2pm start in the usual venue at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in the Community Arts area. For a small fee of $4 you can stay and enjoy afternoon with everyone.
This collection of over 14,000 negatives has finally been scanned and indexed. Although the negatives span a long period of time there are gaps in the time span, due to flood, damage in storage, and general degradation of the negatives. Negatives seem to commence in the 1940’s and it would seem that earlier works may have been destroyed when the 1955 flood went through the lower floor of the premises in Talbragar Street. An index to all photographs scanned is available in the family history rooms, which is free for members and visitors to peruse. If you find a name in the index you can then arrange to check in the photographic collection before purchasing. To do this you will need to attend in person, when we have an operator available to use the system. An operator will be available every Tuesday between 1pm and 4pm , as well as the first and third Friday of each month between 10am and 1pm. If you are happy to order copies without looking at the actual photograph you should complete the Order Form and leave it with the appropriate amount of money ($5 for each copy, which includes the administration fee). Please ensure you complete all contact details on the order form. If after perusing the actual photographs you wish to purchase a copy of the photograph you must complete the Order Form and pay the appropriate amount ($5 for each copy which includes the administration fee). The photo/s can be emailed to you, or downloaded to a USB or CD, which can then be collected by you. If you wish to send us a USB to download any photos onto, there will be a $10 postage and return fee. You must supply a sealed, unused, USB stick for the operator to download the photos onto. This is to avoid the possibility of our computer receiving a virus. If you prefer, you can take a photograph of the photo, however you must still fill in the order form and there will still be a $5 administration fee for each copy.