Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Blog Moving

No, this is nothing like moving house but because of our new website, we have a new blog home, This will be the first page of the new site. There is a small hic-cup with the photos but they will get there too. One can't rush progress, can one.

So bye from the old blog page.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

May Meeting

I spread the news of our meeting far and wide and we had two visitors, who saw our add in AFTC! Thrilled about that.  We had a really good turn-out and a past member, Val came for a visit. Good to catch-up.

Cassie Mercer, from Inside History, was our guest speaker and gave a great talk on Irish Wattle, convicts who were transported to Australia. This included two of Cassie's ancestors. She is an excellent speaker and I hope she will come and speak again.

Margaret showed us her Mother's Day present, a five generation photo, from her Dad back. The photos are beautiful. Such a wonderful keepsake.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

April Meeting

A good turn out for last nights meeting, lots of interesting stories about WW1 & WW2 servicemen and women. Jeni, gave a wonderful presentation on Google Focus and mapping ancestors. Something that might have to be repeated. We also welcomed two new members, Kerin and Francisca.

Next month Cassie Mercer, from Inside History is speaking on Early Irish Immigrants and in June John from NSW Archives, is speaking. Topic to come.

Happy Ancestor Hunting,

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Our March Meeting

After the 'problems' with our previous 'home', our meeting place has moved to Bankstown Sports.  It was lovely to walk in and be able to start the meeting, with it being all set-up for us. The club had our meeting, showing on their 'What's On' board.  The meeting was well attended.

This is our room. They even had cold water and glasses waiting for us.

Jill's presentation, about RootsTech was great. I learnt things about when it started and how she became an ambassador. 

Our banner, to welcome people to the meeting.

Socialising, before the meeting.
Bye for now,


Thursday, 28 January 2016


As from March our meeting will be held at the Bankstown Sports Club. Greenfield Parade, Bankstown. Same day and time. This venue offers better security and parking.

The website will have all the details.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

What is going on.


After a great 2015, the last meeting had us placed in limbo for a venue for 2016.  For those who weren't there, they hadn't unlocked the room, told us we weren't booked and also want to charge us $880 extra a year.  Rowan has approached the Bankstown Sports Club and we should know by the end of the month or early February, if they will accept us. Fingers crossed.  We are looking at a venue for February's meeting and as soon as we have one, you will know.

Rowan will give a presentation at the February meeting of finding information, getting organised and he will mention the Genealogy Do-Over, that I have started. There is a Facebook page, run by Thomas MacEntee, it is well worth a look.

March will see Jill Ball and I give a presentation all about Roots Tech.

April, you will have to do some work. We want your stories about your WW1 or WW11 ancestors. Power point presentations welcome, aim for around 10 minuets, to present. That way we can have more.

May, Cassie Mercer, from Inside History will speak on Early Irish Convicts. She will also have book to sell.

June and July are in the pipeline, with a request into NSW State Records of another visit. July is also our AGM.

September, Donna Newton, from the Royal Australian Historical Society, will speak about their library. As a group member, we can use their library.

August and October are also in the pipeline. More to come

November and December, I have approached Carole Riley to talk on Land Records in Australia and New Zealand.

Once we have State Records and Carole locked in, we will look at other options, for the remaining months, suggestions are welcome.

I am also thinking that we could car pool and head to the archives, for a spot of research. Looking at March or early April.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December Meeting

After an interesting start to the meeting, being locked out, the night was great.

Mel did a fantastic presentation on how to restore old photos and her results were great. She uses Photoshop for her restoration work and it seems very easy to use.


Following Mel's talk, we had some show and tell, with Wendy and Margaret having some really old photos to show us.

Wendy with her Grandfather's football team's photo. Her Great-Grandfather and an Uncle are also in the photo. The Uncle died in World War 1.

                                 Margaret with her Gallipoli photo, showing then and now.

We ended the evening with some Christmas cheer.
Thank you everyone for your support, this year, there are some interesting times ahead.

Merry Christmas,