Twelve months ago this family history group was just a small spark that wanted to grow and now as we finish 2014, that spark has grown steadily and I thank you for that. Last night saw our last meeting for 2014, with a presentation from Rowan.
The evening started with me forgetting the computer cable, finding one, then the data projector not wanting to work and a room change! We will have to consider asking about using the community room as we have had problems the past few months, with the data projector.
We welcomed a new member, Graham, we hope you will enjoy being an active member of this group.
I remembered to take some 'show-n-tell', ok I remembered at 5.30pm that I should find something to take. I found a pair of cufflinks that Paul's dad had made, using Three Pence coins, from the 1940's.
I also showed a medal that Paul's Grandfather, Frederick Sigrist, was given in 1911, when the Eastern Suburbs, Junior League, Darlinghurst team were A Grade Premiers.
Our speaker was Rowan and he gave a very interesting talk on how he used the internet to find information on his Grandfather, Henry Harrison Brisco. Rowan showed us our using Google Books, you can sometimes discover real gems. He had a reprint of a book , that his ancestor had written back in the 1800's. Rowan also made us jealous, with one of his ancestors being born in Jamaica and others in the Court of French Kings. I felt I was watching an episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'
We won a prize of a $200 book voucher from Gould Genealogy; www.gould.com.au I purchased 15 books from their Unlock The Past series and the plan is to have a library for financial members, who attend meetings, being able to borrow the books, for a month. This has to be worked out, in greater detail. Watch this space!
We are also thinking of a Journal, either paper or e-journal, so get your fingers typing, as we will need articles. Watch this space!
I will have a table at the Panania Markets on Saturday 13th. Come and say 'Hi' or come and spend some time with me. This is part of our drive to increase our numbers. Any ideas on that are very welcome.
The discussion turned to the Society of Australian Genealogists; www.sag.org.au This is a very worthwhile society to join, as an individual, something I recommend. I was asked if we were an Affiliate Member, no but I will look into the benefits for our financial members.
While I will blog, over the Christmas period, especially if I here of any 'free' trials, new websites, I would like to take this time to thank my fellow committee members for their help and support in getting this group started. I would also like to thank the members that come every month for their support as well, without you the group wouldn't exist.
May this Christmas Season be a blessed one for you.
Our next meeting is February 2015.
Bye for now,