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………….
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.
Following is a list of records available in our Family History rooms which may assist anyone searching for death information. Thank you to Jennifer Bruce for compiling this list of records for publication.
a) Index to Dubbo City Council Internment Records, which include date of burial, grave number and which funeral director conducted the burial
b) Church of England records ranging from February 1893 to December 1986
c) Methodist and Salvation Army records from 1893 to May 1980
d) Presbyterian records 1893- 1919 then from August 1921 to October 1986 (there are no entries for 1920)
e) Roman Catholic records from 1899 to December 1963 and then from March 1967 to May 1996.
f) Computer printout of records of the New Dubbo Cemetery, courtesy of Dubbo City Council from around 1967 up to 1997.
g) Shakespeare Burial Records (local funeral parlour) from 1932 until June 1992, these contain Record of Death and Order for Interment. Details which are included and if known were name of deceased, age, cause of death, usual residence, where born, mother’s maiden name, religion, time and date of funeral, grave number, if married, children of marriage and if deceased was in receipt of any pension. Also included are some random death notices from local papers (some in 1937 were noticed).
h) Volume 5 publication Dubbo Cemetery Records by Dubbo Family History Society published in 1987, which is a record of all headstones in the Old Dubbo Cemetery at that
time. Please note this is headstones only, and does not include burials for which there is no headstone
i) Card Index, a very large amount of cards which mainly include death notices from the local newspapers, but also include probate notices and birth notices, these are from around the mid 1980s up to date
j)There are also limited records for Dubbo General, Rawsonville, Dubbo Baptist, Chinese and Lutheran burials
If you are looking for help with the research of your family who lived in the Dubbo district, please contact us.
Our volunteer members can provide a postal research service for an initial fee of $40.00.