We have been advised that as from the 1st July 2019 the cost of Family History Certificates issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has increased. A certificate is deemed to be a family history certificate if the birth is over 100 years, a death is over 30 years and a marriage is over 50 years. The cost of such a certificate where you provide the registration number is now $35, while it will be $48 if you do not have the registration number. Please check the registries web site for full particulars of fee increases.
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, which includes the administration fee). Please ensure you complete all contact details on the order form. 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 which includes the administration fee). The photo/s can be emailed to you, or downloaded to a USB or CD, which can then be collected by you. If you wish to send us a USB to download any photos onto, there will be a $10 postage and return fee. You must supply 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 administration fee for each copy.
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.
Dubbo & District Family History Society Inc. will be conducting a series of training and education sessions throughout 2019 which will be open to members and the public.
Every session will cost $5 for members and $10 for non-members with each course running from 11am-12noon.
The first session will be held on Monday 25th February in the family history rooms. The topic will be ‘Tips,tricks and pitfalls in using online family history databases’ – a look at Ancestry, Findmypast, Australian Biographical Database, British Newspapers, Trove, NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages, and more……..
This is not far away so you need to get in and book a spot with Linda Barnes on 6887 8284.
Further sessions will be held on:
Monday 25th March – Understanding historical property ownership, conditional land leases and land purchases in NSW
Monday 27th May – Using the Land & Property Records Viewer
Monday 24th June – Wills, probate and administration records
More information on these courses will be supplied closer to the dates.
Changed parking in front of Family History rooms. We have been advised that the Leadership Academy is using a room in the same building as Family History. Please note there will now be a bus zone in force for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. Also one of the disabled parking spots has been removed.
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………….