Annual Conference of NSW and ACT Assoc. of Family History Societies

The Orange Family History Group is delighted to announce that they have been selected to host the 2017 NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Annual Conference with the theme of: Your family story: telling recording and preserving. The conference will be held over three days 22-24 September 2017 in the Orange cultural precinct. They will be providing regular updates on their website or follow them on face book.  What a golden opportunity for anyone from Dubbo to attend a conference relating to family history.  People are already booking accommodation to attend this conference, so if you are interested in attending, make sure you get in early.  It is suggested you check their website (www.nswactfhsorg/conference/index.html) for more information on the conference, particularly information on “early bird” registration specials.

Share Your Story

Our first ‘Share your Story’ for 2017 will be held on Friday 17th February 2017 at the new time of 2.00pm. Our presenter  will be  our own Linda Barnes, who has been researching her family all over the world.  In  her presentation Linda will focus on her research in Bermuda.  For catering purposes please RSVP by Tuesday 14th February to June Wilson at or phone her on 6882 5366. There will be a $3 cost towards afternoon tea.


Membership Fees for 2017 will be due on the 1st January 2017

Just a reminder that  membership fee will become due on January 2017.  Our fee has not been increased and remains at $40 for current members, with an additional $10 for new members.  If you are a new member you can download a membership form from our website and either email or post it to the society.  Banking  and post office details are on the website.  Of course you can still pay your fees at our family history rooms during opening hours.

Family History Research Records

Our society has a comprehensive collection of local resources, as well as an extensive collection of records relating to the rest of Australia and overseas.  Some of the records specific to Dubbo include Admission records for Dubbo Public School, Shakespeare Burial Records, and Dubbo cemetery records which includes headstone photographs.  In addition we hold Indexes and Records of Holy Trinity Baptisms and Marriages, plus Shire Rates Books and  Pioneer and Settlers Registers.  You will also find on our shelves many published histories of families in the western area.  These are just a snippet of what we have in our rooms, so if you are thinking of researching your family history, why not come in and see what is available.   If you have research inquiries relating to this area, please contact us, we will be more than happy to help.

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.

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

Trustees of one of the largest collections of genealogical and historical resources outside of Sydney.