Share Your Story for October 2016

Dubbo Family History will be hosting another popular “Share Your Story” on Friday 21st October 2016, commencing at  In October we will have Jo Murphy who has not only researched her family history, but has written a book called Sons of the Soil for which she received a literary award.  Jo is now working on her second book and will be sharing her research for this project at her presentation.  As usual you will have the opportunity to share morning tea ($3 cost) with the presenter and others after the presentation.  This will be our second last presentation for the year so make sure you don’t miss out.  Get in early and book your place. by contacting June Wilson at or phone her on 6882 5366 or 0417 690 495.



We will be hosting another “Share your Story” session on Friday 19th August 2016.  As usual the session will commence at 11.00am, followed by morning tea and discussion with the speaker.  There is a cost of $3 towards morning tea.

Our guest for August will be Michael Graham who is a member of our society and a hard working volunteer for the group.  In  addition Michael and his cousin have written their family history which has been published in a book called “Dundee to Dilladerry – the Story of John Graham”.  Make sure you put the date in your diary as I am sure this will be an informative session on gathering and publishing your family history.

To ensure your spot please RSVP to June Wilson before the 16th August 2016.  You can contact her on 6882 5366 or 0417 690 495

Think Tank Group

The Think Tank Group – Lost Someone? Can’t find them anywhere? You only have three more opportunities this year to come along and join in this group! The Think Tank Group meets to discuss research with like-minded people.  They discuss how to use the various websites for family research, and how to utilise the fantastic resources available in our rooms.  Our core group would love to have other people join them in the morning gathering.  The group meets in the family history rooms on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.00am.  The remaining dates for 2016 are  5th October,  2nd November and 7th December. You must be a member of the society to take part in this group, so if you are not already a member why not join up and take part.

Dubbo Church of England records

Church of England records from Holy Trinity Church Dubbo At our library rooms we hold photo copies of baptisms, and marriages conducted by the clergy of the Holy Trinity parish.

These copies are of the original Baptismal registers and are for the years 1874- 1968. Details that can be found on entries include, date of baptism, date of birth, child’s christian name/s, parents’ names, abode, occupation of father and by whom the ceremony was performed. The first baptism in the register is for Agnes, child of John and Agnes Angus who lived at Marthaguy at the time their baby was baptised on 24 May 1874. Agnes was born on 17 February 1873. Her father was a labourer.

Marriage register records are from 8 November 1884 to 29 December 1886, then from 8 August 1900 to 6 August 1978. These records are photo copies of the actual parish registers, containing all the information that you will find on the certified copy from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Details include date of marriage, full names of bride and groom, age at time of marriage, their address, occupation and details of parents of the bride and groom. Birthplace of the bride and groom and their conjugal status at the time of the marriage, all this important information also contains the signatures of the bride and groom, priest conducting the ceremony along with the witnesses, who are often family members.

The first marriage record to appear in the register on 8 November 1884 was between Walter Thomas Ross and Christina Eason. Walter Ross had been born in Yorkshire and Christina Eason had been born in Norfolk, England.

Please note that unfortunately we do not hold any copies of burial registers from Holy Trinity Church.  You should visit our Family History Rooms or contact us for more information.

“Legacy” User Group

Some researchers maybe using the computer program called “Legacy” for their family history research.  To better understand this program, several members of Dubbo Family History have formed a group to meet and discuss its use.  If you are interested in learning more about Legacy why not come along to the Legacy User Group.  The group is meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at our rooms.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th October 2016 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  Please register your interest with Jennifer Bruce on 02 6882 9050.  You must be a member of Dubbo Family History Society to join in this discussion group.


Birth, Death and Marriage registry increase in fees

The Birth, Death and Marriage registry has advised of increase in the cost of certificates obtained from them.  If applying for a  certificate for family history research,  without the registration number provided, will now cost $45 or $70 if priority, while if you have the registration number the cost will be $32 or $57 priority.  Family history research certificates are only available on births prior to one hundred years ago, that is prior to 1916, deaths prior to thirty years ago, that is prior to 1986 and marriages prior to fifty years ago, that is prior to 1966.  For certificates required after these dates there is a fee of $53 for any certificate.  More information can be found on the registeries website.  If you need to purchase certificates to obtain more information, or to verify your research, why not consider using one of the transcription services.  Two such services are Joy Murrin or Turtle Consolidated Services.  A full copy of certificates transcribed by these providers is available at a cost of $20.  More information and pamphlets on these providers is available in the family history rooms.

Researching the death of ancestors who died in Dubbo

Following is a list of records available in our Family History rooms which may assist anyone searching for death information. Thank you to Jennifer Bruce for compiling this list of records for publication.

a) Index to Dubbo City Council Internment Records, which include date of burial, grave number and which funeral director conducted the burial
b) Church of England records ranging from February 1893 to December 1986
c) Methodist and Salvation Army records from 1893 to May 1980
d) Presbyterian records 1893- 1919 then from August 1921 to October 1986 (there are no entries for 1920)
e) Roman Catholic records from 1899 to December 1963 and then from March 1967 to May 1996.
f) Computer printout of records of the New Dubbo Cemetery, courtesy of Dubbo City Council from around 1967 up to 1997.
g) Shakespeare Burial Records (local funeral parlour) from 1932 until June 1992, these contain Record of Death and Order for Interment. Details which are included and if known were name of deceased, age, cause of death, usual residence, where born, mother’s maiden name, religion, time and date of funeral, grave number, if married, children of marriage and if deceased was in receipt of any pension. Also included are some random death notices from local papers (some in 1937 were noticed).
h) Volume 5 publication Dubbo Cemetery Records by Dubbo Family History Society published in 1987, which is a record of all headstones in the Old Dubbo Cemetery at that
time. Please note this is headstones only, and does not include burials for which there is no headstone
i) Card Index, a very large amount of cards which mainly include death notices from the local newspapers, but also include probate notices and birth notices, these are from around the mid 1980s up to date
j)There are also limited records for Dubbo General, Rawsonville, Dubbo Baptist, Chinese and Lutheran burials

A society, formed in 1983, dedicated to providing resources and information for family and local historians researching people and places in the Dubbo (NSW) district.