Have you recently become interested in researching your family history, or have you been researching for some time? If these descriptions apply to you, are you a member of a family history society?
There are many benefits to membership which vary from society to society. However you can generally expect talks on history, a regular newsletter, access to the society’s library publications with both hard copy and on line available. The biggest benefit is meeting the other members who can share information and findings with you.
You might take the opportunity to become involved in a society project which always provides benefits and information to you. With a new year just started why not think about joining your local family history society. Check the opening hours for the Dubbo Society and call in and have a chat with our volunteers, who knows where it may lead for you………….
Dubbo and District Family History Society will be closing their rooms at 4pm on Saturday 9th December 2017. The rooms will open again at 1pm on Tuesday 9th January 2018. We thank everyone for their support during the past year, and look forward to you starting out the new year with family research as one of your priorities. Come and visit the societies rooms and check out the huge range of records available, both on the shelves and on line.
The last ‘Share your Story’ for 2017 will be held on Friday 17th November at the usual time of 2pm. Instead of one guest speaker we will hear something from some of the participants who recently completed the “Writing your Ancestors’ stories workshop”. Don’t forget you must book to attend, so notify June Wilson before the 15th November. Contact June on 0417 690 495/68825366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Birth, Death and Marriage registry has not increased its fees for certificates obtained from them. If applying for a certificate for family history research, without the registration number provided, will 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 1917, deaths prior to thirty years ago, that is prior to 1987 and marriages prior to fifty years ago, that is prior to 1967. For certificates required after these dates there is a fee of $53 for any certificate. More information can be found on the registries 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. More information and pamphlets on these providers is available in the family history rooms.