Category Archives: General

Christmas closure of family history rooms

A reminder that the family history research rooms will close for the Christmas period on Saturday 7th December 2019 and will re-open on Tuesday 7th January 2020. Time to get in and finish that family history research you have been putting off before the New Year rolls around.

Share your story for November 2019

Friday 15th November, will be our last Share Your Story for this year. We are extremely pleased with the response to these monthly presentations, and hope to continue them in 2020. For the last event this year Dr. Joe Canalese will share his story of his immigration to Australia with his family, and the life he has made for himself here. Please come along and listen to this presentation, which as usual will be followed by a ‘cuppa and cake’ with our presenter. Make sure you bring along your $4 towards the cost.

Closure of Family History Rooms

Due to circumstances beyond our control, namely a power outage for that day, we have to advise that the Family History rooms will be closed on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. At this stage this is the only date will be unable to open our rooms. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Training & Education Sessions

An interesting and topical training session will be held on Monday 23rd September commencing at 11.00am. The session for September will cover ‘How DNA can open up your family history research’ The session will be presented by Lyn Smith who has first hand knowledge, after taking a DNA test. You must register for this event by contacting Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email The cost for members is $5 or $10 for non-members.

History week

Macquarie Regional Library will be running some courses relating to family and local history during History Week.
Workshops on ‘Treasures of Trove and Ancestry’ will be held on the 4th,5th and 7th September. In addition Local Studies Officer Simone Taylor will present a talk on the experiences of two local women’s organisations during wartime. This will be held on the 11th September. These will be free, but you must book by phoning Macquarie Regional Library on 02 6801 4510. For more information on these events place contact the library.

Training & Education session 26th August 2019

Another popular training/education session will be conducted on Monday 26th August for members and guests. This month will cover “following a convict’s paper trail in the UK and the colonies”. You may discover gems of knowledge concerning your ancestors once you learn how to get the best out of these records. Jo Murphy will be conducting the session, which will start at 11am. Places are restricted so get in early and book in. You can call Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email her at to confirm your spot. It will cost $5 for society members and $10 for non-members.