The information session for May will cover using the Land and Property Records Viewer. You may have found records in this area but have not been sure on how to best utilise the system. The session on Monday 27th May may help you with your research. It will be held in the family history rooms from 11am-12noon. There are only 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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). 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). The photo/s can be emailed to you, or downloaded to a USB or CD, which can then be collected by you. You should bring in 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 fee for each copy, to cover administration costs.
Macquarie Regional Library will be hosting a presentation by Karen Hagan from Dundullimal on Monday 8th April at 10.30am. This huge run on the outskirts of Dubbo employed hundreds of staff over the years. The talk will focus on these workers such as the grooms, farm hands, servants, stock man and their families. The lives of these hard working members of society are often forgotten in our history. Bookings are essential so get in early on 6801 4510 and make sure you get a seat.
Our next information session will relate to ‘Understanding historical property ownership, conditional land leases and land purchases in NSW‘. The session will cover squatting, divisions of lands, Robertson Land Act, Homestead Land Act and much more. It will be held on Monday 25th March at the Family History Library in the Western Plains Cultural Centre, commencing at 11am. There is a cost of $5 for family history members and $10 for non-members. Please advise Linda Barnes on 6887 8284, or email email@example.com if you wish to attend.
Share Your Story on the 15th March will be the launch of the Vincent Studios Photographic Images Collection. The story of this collection and how it came about will be presented by our Project Officer, Lesley Abrahams. This collection of over 14,000 images has been scanned and saved by many dedicated volunteers over a lengthy period of time. An alphabetical index has been completed and is available to peruse on all the computers in the Family History Rooms. Come along and hear the full story of this collection on Friday 15th March at 2pm at our usual venue of Western Plains Cultural Centre. You might find images of your relatives in the collection. Afternoon tea will be provided, so please advise Robyn Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org whether you will be attending.