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July, 2014




Introduction to Family History: Southport Library will host a talk by Karen Hartley and Pam Oldham, our very knowledgeable members, who kindly run such classes for us. The talk, ‘Discover the World of Genealogy and how to Access Your Family History’, will be held on 1st August 2014 from 10am to 11.30am.

Please book online at http://bit.ly/GCLibrariesEvents or at Southport Library. We cannot take bookings in our rooms.

Evening classes can be arranged for an informal lesson in our rooms by Fay Carbis. Contact Fay on 5532 8100.

Legacy Group: For those members who use Legacy to record their family history this group will meet on Sunday 3rd August 2014 at 1pm in our rooms. The cost is $1 and for members only so please wear your membership badge. What Sue Mackenzie doesn’t know about this software is not worth knowing so come along armed with your questions and enjoy the afternoon. If you require any further information please contact Carol Browne at cbrowne@onthenet.com.au

Scottish Group: This group will meet on Sunday 17th August 2014 at 1pm in our rooms. If you have Scottish research and have hit a brick wall, come along and take advantage of the free advice offered by Margaret Shand or Margaret Collins, both very experienced in Scottish research. For further information, contact Margaret Shand on 5538 1423 or Margaret Collins on 5593 1773.

Computer Group:  The next meeting for this group will be held on Wednesday evening 20th August 2014 in our rooms and is for members only. As part of National Family History Month, August 2014, we are changing a previously scheduled subject. Ann Metcher has sent the following alteration to me:

“Pizza & Popcorn Short Film Night” -  part of National Family History Month, August 2014

The Computer Group had scheduled “Getting the most out of FindmyPast” for the August meeting, but because none of us felt sufficiently qualified to deliver this, we are presenting an alternate programme. (We will consider a more formal presentation next year about FMP – perhaps invite an expert to delve into the site.)

So Wednesday August 16th  6.30pm  will be a Pizza & Popcorn Short Film Night with a historical bias:

“Pioneering Stories of Mudgeeraba”,

“The History of Spitalfields”, some archival footage, plus more.

Seats will be limited because of space available. Cost to cover the pizza will be approximately $5. Popcorn provided free of charge!

Please note the earlier start to the night as Pizzas will not be ordered until all attendees are present.

Please contact Ann Metcher at metcher@bigpond.com if you would like to attend the Pizza & Popcorn Short Film Night.


Updates on our paid subscription internet sites:

FindMyPast.uk/au: Explore Staffordshire records. Findmypast have released the Staffordshire Parish records. Book one of our internet connected computers to find baptism, marriage, banns and burial records from 1538-1900 online.

Ancestry.com.au: The Phillimore Atlas is now searchable on Ancestry. How many times have you found a birth or marriage and not known just where the parish is in a county of England or Wales. Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 have quadrupled in size with 75% additional records with links to Phillimore maps. NSW Public Service Lists, 1858-1960 have also been updated with more than 630,000 records having been added.

British Newspaper Archive: Another of our paid sites is constantly updating its contents. We have access to this site on our No.3 computer but do book by phoning the rooms during our Library hours or ask a room assistant to book for you. The site has an update of their recent additions here.

Family Tree Maker: I am always available to assist any member with questions regarding all versions of this software. Contact me at eunson5253@optusnet.com.au

Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Assosication Inc.: Our neighbouring family history group is holding their annual ‘Tweed Antiques & Collectables Fair’ on 9th and 10th August 2014. This weekend event is always well organised and a must if you enjoy antiques and other collectables. For any further information contact Marion Kelso on 5524 8531 or at marionek@netspace.net.au

Finally: For those planning a visit to South Australia to research their families, Graham Jaunay, a renowned speaker on all things family history, who will be speaking at our forthcoming seminar in October, Angling for Ancestors, has noted on his website some changes to the State Records of SA and the National Archives Adelaide Office. They are relocating in early August. Both organisations will be relocated to the State Library of SA and open for business on 4th August 2014, based in the Somerville Reading Room and adjacent area.

FamilySearch films:  The latest arrivals of films ordered into our rooms are listed below.

Well that is all for this coming month,

Happy researching,

Gay Eunson eunson5253@optusnet.com.au



Items 1 - 2: Parish registers for Saxby, 1678-1793, Leicestershire

Items 3 - 4: Parish registers for Stapleford, 1648-1761, Leicestershire

Item 5: Parish registers for Garthorpe, 1568-1812, Leicestershire

Item 6: Parish registers for Brentingby, 1557-1783, Leicestershire

Items 7 - 16: Parish registers for Market-Bosworth, 1567-1868, Leicestershire



Item 1: Bishop's transcripts for Saxby, 1593-1851, Leicestershire

Item 2: Bishop's transcripts for Saxelby, 1561-1859, Leicestershire



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