Dubbo & District Family History Group is pleased to advise that we have been fortunate to receive an offer from Danny O’Neill, who is the Education & Events Co-ordinator for the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. Danny is expert in the field of “Scan and Print” of documents of any sort, something I am sure we would all love to know more about. For the small sum of $20 for members and $30 for non-members you can be part of his course to be held at the Community Arts Centre, where our Family History Rooms are based. Numbers will be limited so you will need to register and pay as soon as possible. The cost includes morning tea and the chance to speak to Danny. You will need to complete the Registration Form (click on) Registration Form – from scan2print and return it with your payment. Why not download the form, scan and email back, and make your payment online. For further information on this course you can contact Robyn Allan on 0477 127700 or Linda Barnes on 6887 8284.
Our “Share your Story” events continue to be popular. In May we will have a presentation by Ken Fuller who will share his story about a convict in his family history who Ken says “had a rough time”. Make sure you come along and here the full details. You must RSVP by Tuesday 16th May to June Wilson at email@example.com or phone her on 6882 5366 or 0417 690 495. $3 payment towards afternoon tea which will be provided.
If you have watched the BBC Antique Road Show the name Paul Atterbury will be familiar to you. Dubbo is fortunate to have this well known presenter giving a presentation at the Wesley Hall in Church Street Dubbo. The ADFAS or Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society of Dubbo & District will be hosting this event. All are welcome with a $20 entry fee payable at the door, this includes refreshments. Paul will giving his talk on Monday 13th March 2017 commencing at 6pm so make sure you come along for an informative and entertaining evening.
Well known Dubbo identity Maurice Campbell will be giving a free talk at the Dubbo Library on Thursday 16th March 2017, commencing at 11.00am. His topic will be The Deempster Family Bible which has been in his family for 230 years and was printed in 1787. It has been half way round the world and tells of the trials and tribulations of the family settling in Australia. Make sure you book in for this talk by phoning 68014510 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual General Meeting of the society will be held on Sunday afternoon the 19th March 2017. The meeting will commence at 2pm. The committee would love to see as many people as possible attend the meeting, and thus have a say in the future direction of the society.
Please RSVP to June Wilson, Ph 0417 690 495 or 68825366 by the 16th March as the meeting will be followed by afternoon tea.
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 Orange Family History Society website for more information on the conference. Book early and get the “early bird” special rates.
‘Share your Story’ for March will be held on Friday 17th March commencing at 2.00pm. Our presenter will be Dr. Bob North, who has kindly agreed to give an address on his family and life. Don’t miss out on what will be an interesting presentation. For catering purposes please RSVP by Tuesday 14th March to June Wilson on 0417 690 495 or 6882 5366. There will be a $3 cost towards afternoon tea.
Just a reminder that membership fees for 2017 are now due. 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.
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.
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.