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National Volunteer Week, (18-24 May 2020)

This week is National Volunteer Week, and Dubbo and District Family History Society wishes to recognise our wonderful volunteers.  Without the many hours contributed by these volunteers we would not be able to offer our amazing service to the community, nor would we be able to preserve and conserve the unique records that we hold about Dubbo and many other localities. On behalf of all the committee, president Linda Barnes would like to thank each and every volunteer for their ongoing support.  Hopefully we will be back at work in our Family History rooms within the next month or so.



Changes to Births, Deaths & Marriages website

Societies have been advised that the BDM website has been changed as part of a broader NSW government project to consolidate over 1,000 websites. The aim of the project is to make it easier for customers and business partners to find what they need, and to locate, easy to understand, consistent information around Government services.  We have now been advised that the BDM homepage can be found at  You will also find a handy translation tool at the top of the page, allowing you to have the whole web page translated to a range of languages.

(CANCELLED) Annual General Meeting

(CANCELLED) Notice is hereby given that Dubbo & District Family History Society will be holding the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 22nd March 2020, commencing at 2pm.  The meeting will be held in the music room of the Western Plains Cultural Centre, near our rooms.
It would be lovely to see as many members as possible in attendance at this meeting.  Stay around afterwards and enjoy a cuppa’ with other members and the committee.


Closure of Family History Rooms

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Dubbo & District Family History Rooms are closed until further notice.  All training sessions and our Share Your Story for March have been cancelled.  We will be unable to answer any research inquiries until we are able to re-open.

(CANCELLED) Training & Education Session

CANCELLED…. On Tuesday 24th March we will be running a session on “The Industrial Schools of New South Wales”. If you have lost track of a family member or cannot locate them, maybe they ended up in an Industrial School, where orphans, neglected children and others under the age of eighteen could be sent. These schools maintained very good records of any inmates, so it is something worth checking.  The session will be conducted by Lesley Abrahams and will run from 11am-12 noon. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. You must book with Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email her at



Training and Education Program CANCELLED.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to family history research or have been researching for years, there is sure to be something here for you to learn from and enjoy. The first in our series will be held on Tuesday 25 February 11am – 12 noon. The subject is ‘Painting a picture of your ancestors using diaries, letters and images’. While you might have your ancestor’s name, dates and the towns they lived, what about filling the void of the life they lived? By using your family’s and other people’s diaries, letters, books, newspapers, images, paintings, etc. we can build a picture of what life was like for your ancestor during a particular period of time.  Our presentator will be Jo Murphy. 
Venue: Drama Room,  upstairs at Western Plains Community Arts Centre, cnr Wingewarra & Gipps Streets. Please note change of room.
Cost per session: $5 for DDFHS members, $10 for members of the community.  Pay on the day.
You must book in with Linda Barnes, Telephone: 6887 8284 or email
What to bring: A notebook and pen. Handouts will be available for some sessions.