Apologies

I have to apologise for a previous post in which I stated that this blog had become fortnightly. In hindsight it was rather ambitious of me to think that I’d be able to manage a blog every fortnight, especially when I was ill.

The lesson for genealogists is that you can’t always believe what you read (I try to find the good in everything!). Just because a convict applied for permission to marry doesn’t mean the marriage took place; just because a settler paid a deposit to bring an immigrant out doesn’t mean the immigrant actually arrived; and just because the death certificate says the deceased arrived in the Colony 60 years ago doesn’t necessarily give you an exact year to search.

Learning Opportunities: Aug-Oct 2007

There is always something new to learn about genealogy. Here are some opportunities in NSW; mostly in Sydney:

Sat 26 August

Maitland Family History FairFamily history groups and speakers. 6 hours, $3 entry. Maitland City Bowls, Sports & Recreation Club, Arthur Street, Rutherford (off New England Highway). For more information see http://www.rootsweb.com/~ausmfhc/index2.html.

Sat 15 September

The Legacies of War: Australians and their Service in the Commonwealth ForcesRecords of Australian Armed Services. 2 hours, $15 ($10 SAG members). Society of Australian Genealogists: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney. For information and booking go to http://www.sag.org.au.

Sat 15 – Sat 22 September

Researching your place in history - Open House at the Royal Australian Historical Society library - Check the displays on building and architecture, or research your own family. 10am to 3pm daily, free. History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney. See http://www.rahs.org.au/activities.html for more information and other activities.

Thu 20 September

Land records and Primary Applications – an overview by Lindsay Allen of State Records NSW of land records held in the State archives. 2 hours. Liverpool City Library, 170n George Street, Liverpool. For more information and bookings call 02 9821 9432.

Fri 21 September

Tour of State Records NSW Kingswood Repository – highly recommended behind-the-scenes tour of Kingswood, where all the original records are stored. 2 hours, free. Western Sydney Records Centre, 143 O’Connell Street, Kingswood. For further information and bookings go to http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/activities_program_57.asp.

Sat 22 - Sun 23 September

Sailing Through the Centuries - NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies State Conference – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW. 2 days, $95. Information and registrations at http://www.rootsweb.com/~auscdfhg/conference.htm

Sat 6 October

London Ancestors and How to Locate Themparish records, guilds, newspapers, cemeteries, etc. 5 hours, $50 ($40 SAG members). Society of Australian Genealogists: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney. For information and booking go to http://www.sag.org.au. See also www.dictionary ofsydney.org.

Sat 13 October

The Dictionary of Sydney – a collaborative project to build an interconnected web of scholarship, stories, images, maps and multimedia about greater Sydney. $22 ($18 SAG members), 2 hours.  Society of Australian Genealogists: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney. For information and booking go to http://www.sag.org.au 

Sat 20 October

Putting your family history on the internet - Why do it; what to put in and what to leave out; how to do it.  $22 ($18 SAG members), 2 hours.  Society of Australian Genealogists: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney. For information and booking go to http://www.sag.org.au.

Thu 25 October

NSW Regiments - specifically the NSW Volunteer Rifles 1854-1885. 2 hours, free. Sydney Records Centre, Globe Street, The Rocks. For further information and bookings go to http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/activities_program_57.asp.

I’ve searched the websites of The Society of Australian Genealogists, State Records NSW, Royal Australian Historical Society and Gould Genealogy for this list, and I added the ones that I found interesting. If you know of any others, especially in Sydney, that I have missed please let me know; I’d be happy to add them.

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