Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Some changes.

Morning,

The committee met, last night and we tossed around several very good ideas. We are going to design a logo, this will make us standout, when we do fairs etc. We are also going to get a stand banner, with this on it.

We have come up with a slogan, that makes people realise that the group isn't just about Bankstown. This was something that Jenni and I found a problem, at the Botany Bay Fair. We weren't interested because that think we just dig for old Bankstown families.

Teresa is going to update the Events page, check it out.

We also discussed that for a meeting/workshop, where we have a guest speaker, that we charge a nominal fee, for guests. Most societies have one fee for members and a dearer one for guests. What do you think?  We would still have the door prize.

We discussed our fees and they will remain at $50 for a single and $75 for a family, this is so we can met our ongoing expenses. Fees are due by 1 July 2015. You can pay by cash, cheque, made out to Bankstown Family History Group or by direct deposit. Please email for those details.  Don't forget to update any changes to your contact details.

We have been asked to take part in the Royal Australian Historical Society's annual conference/fair in October. This is being held at the Bankstown Sports Club on the 23 - 25 October. I have asked that we have a table and that has been agreed upon. More details as they come.

I can't think of anything else.
Bye for now,
Lilian

P.S. Allan Murrin is presenting a workshop on Family Search at Tuesday's meeting. Bring your laptop/tablet.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Abbreviations Found in Genealogy.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html

This link is for abbreviations that you find in genealogy and don't know what they mean. While it is from Roots Web and Ancestry, it is free. If you print it off, it is 13 pages.

Bye for now,
Lilian

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Botany Bay Family History Fair

Jeni and I have had a wonderful day, meeting interesting people and catching up with those we know. Our table was between Joy and Allan Murrin and Laurie and Lorraine Turtle, both are transcription agents and enjoyed talking to them. Joy watched the video if my TV spot.

Gail, from NSW State Records, Cassie Mercer, from Inside History, Teapot Genealogy, Fellowship of First Fleeters and Carol Baxter, author were just some of the people I caught up with.

We had some nibbles but people are under the impression that we only deal with families from Bankstown. Might have to write a piece for the Torch newspaper and Australian Family Tree Connections, to see if we can change that. Our handouts and chocolates went down well!

Tired but it was a good day. Plans for doing our own next year have been discussed on the drive home.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

A couple of photos.
Our display board.

Jeni and I ready for the day.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Colonial Secretary Indexes

http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/
I hadn't paid much attention to these but on the weekend I did some browsing. They contain a wealth of information and while you still have to go to Archives NSW, at Kingswood, they give you the reel number to search. very interesting.

Bye,
Lilian

Tonights Meeting.

As I write there are many discussions happening. We had a work shop on TROVE and there have been some interesting discoveries. A murder-suicide was the most interesting. Our Visitor, Shirley and member, Kay discovered that they were related and had exchanged information, years ago.
 We had John join the group, welcome.

Here are some photos of the evening.