What's on NSW & ACT AFHS

Events in 2024 and beyond

Newcastle Family History Society Inc

Flyer

11am on Friday 3 May 2024

Venue: Jesmond Bowling Club, 48 Mordue Pde, Jesmond

You and a friend would be most welcome to show your support for our Society by attending the launch. Lunch is available and is a way of thanking the Club for the generous use of its facilities for this launch. As seating is limited, please RSVP to kenandmaree@gmail.com by 19 April 2024.

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc.

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12 Jun 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Tech Support Group Meeting: Topic TBA

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Events in the last six months

Parramatta Female Factory Friends Inc past event

Summary

1pm Friday 20 October 2023

Venue: Parramatta Female Factory Building C102 - follow the signs 5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta

Cheryl Bates OAM will talk on Saving Parramatta's Heritage - The Big Picture
Advocacy requires a multifaceted approach in Parramatta where its significant heritage is under substantial threat from the burgeoning development plan for the Central River City. The challenges Parramatta faces are not only individual site based but require the recognition of Parramatta as an area with an overarching heritage context. Cheryl will use examples of some lesser known Parramatta advocacy battles in which she has been involved. In addition, she will talk about the need to create a strong heritage tourism economy to promote parramatta's significance to local, state, national and world markets.

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

magil

Wednesday 1 November 2023 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Australian Military Websites BBFHS member Lilian Magill is an avid genealogist of almost 40 years. She loves to share her knowledge with others and when not researching her ancestors, she enjoys reading and quilting. Lilian's presentation covers Australian military websites from the Boer War to the present day. Non members WELCOME on payment of $10 Follow the links for Online Payments on the website. MORE INFORMATION www.botanybayfhs.org.au or Phone: 9523 8945

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Family History ACT past event

Paul Milner

25 November 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Venue: In Person at the Education Room at Cook ACT and zoom

Paul Milner will talk on English Apprentices, Freemen and Guild Members
Learn what an apprenticeship was for our ancestors, what the rules and responsibilities were for all parties involved. See how they progressed from apprentice, to journeyman, to master, possibly leading to becoming a member of a guild, and freeman of a city. Understand the differences between apprenticeships arranged by the parish and by the family, and what that means in searching for records. Learn how and where to search for records, online and in archives. Case studies will illustrate the variety of records and why all record sources need to be examined. The focus will be on English resources, but the research process will apply to Wales. A detailed handout will be provided for all attendees.

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

john

Wednesday 6 December 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Tradies Gymea, Elouera Room, 57 Manchester Road, Gymea NSW 2227 (02) 9540 1933

Presentation Speaker: John Hely Topic: This presentation outlines some of John’s family history research journey with ideas of managing research findings and options to share the journey with close and distant family. BBFHS member John Hely is a passionate family history researcher; in his journey of more than 50 years John has had the opportunity and privilege to share his research and family stories with other close and distant family members and friends. John believes the journey should be an enjoyable experience, suggesting you need to have a sense of humour whilst being a detective, and be ready for surprising bumps, and twist and turns along the way. His talk summarises some of his travels in getting started; filing; sorting and presents options he has found effective to share the story with relatives and friends. Throughout the talk John will attempt with the use of pictures and text to thread some humour to highlight the family history journey. John will table some examples of sharing options discussed in the presentation.

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

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Wednesday 7 February 7:30 pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Zoom

Join Andrew Redfern to explore the current uses and potential possibilties of using AI in family history. Andrew will provide valuable insights and strategies for using AI to uncover your family’s unique history. He will investigate AI technology currently being used, what is Generative AI and how to use it, a number of relevant AI tools, some of the limitations and key things to consider of AI technology, the possible uses of AI in family history and provide many practical examples. Join us and share Andrew’s excitement about how AI tools and software may enhance family history research. More information: botanybayfhs.org.au or Phone: 9523 8948 Non-members welcome with payment of $10. Follow the links for online payment on the website.

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Parramatta Female Factory Friends Inc past event

Friday 16 February at 1:00pm

Venue: Parramatta Female Factory Building C102 - follow the signs 5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta

Simon Babbage, Development Director, Property and Development NSW (DPE) will give a talk

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Family Histort ACT past event

Flyer

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Venue: Zoom + in person (in person sold out)

Uncovering your Irish Ancestry - Ulster Roots
Richard Reid - Tales of Gweedore, Dromore, and the Belfast Workhouse - the province of Ulster and Australia, 1788-1921
Perry McIntyre – Researching Orphan Girls in Ulster Workhouses
Fintan Mullan - The Ulster Plantation and Sources for Finding Seventeenth-Century Families in Ireland (not just Ulster)
Gillian Hunt - The Great Famine in Ireland
Fintan Mullan - Using Irish Wills and Testamentary Records
General Q & A Session

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

Gillian

Saturday 9 March 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Venue: Port Hacking Community Centre Hall, 184 Gannons Road Caringbah NSW 2229

GILLIAN LEWIS MIDGET SUBMARINES in SYDNEY HARBOUR Coming, Ready or Not! How was it possible for 3 midget submarines to get within striking distance of major warships anchored in and around the inner harbour? Gillian, a volunteer guide with the Australian Maritime Museum since 2008, will detail how the attack was carried out by courageous Japanese naval personnel and the inadequacy of our harbour defences. www.botanybayfhs.org.au or Phone: 9523 8948 Non Members Very Welcome

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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13 Mar 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Tech Support Group Meeting: Podcast Update – Clive Maddox (Newcastle FHS)

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

Fiona

Thursday, 14 March 2024, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Venue: Zoom

DNA Workshop with Fiona BROOKER As an addicted family historian for over 35 years, Fiona loves those goosebump moments like touching the court roll that her 5 times great grandparents signed in the early 1800s. She loves to teach and help people with their research, to understand their DNA results so they can, most importantly, share these with their family and then experience their own goosebump moments. Fiona will lead us through a 2hr hands-on workshop on using the Leeds Method to organise your DNA matches. Cost: BBFHS Members $20 Non members $25 includes worksheets ( please print out before the session). Follow the links for On-line payments on website. Fiona Brooker Further information: www.botanybayfhs.org.au or Phone: 02 9523 8948

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Lake Macquarie Family History Group Inc. past event

Andrew Redfern

Saturday 16 March 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm

Venue: Marmong Point Community Hall

Open day speakers
 
Andrew Redfern is an accomplished speaker with backgrounds in education, technology and theatre. He has a colourful family history including convicts, murderers, travelling comedians and asylum patients. He is particularly interested in discovering the stories of his ancestors. He uses a variety of technological tools to share these stories which recently has included the use of Artificial Intelligence and how it may be used by the modern genealogist.
Amelia Young is a doctoral student at the University of Newcastle and a lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW. Amelia will discuss the use of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) to solve cold case crimes and the identification of unknown human remains using traditional forensic methods in combination with genealogical research. FIGG involves comparing crime scene DNA with public genealogy databases to identify potential relatives, ultimately aiding in suspect identification. The legal implications are profound, as privacy and ethical considerations arise.
Peter Capomolla Moore is President of “Adoptee Rights Australia”, a National Advocacy Association of Adopted People, committed to ensuring Adoptees across Australia have empathy & legal rights to self-identify under the law. He is a family genealogist who describes himself as a Late Discovery Adoptee having discovered his adoption status when he was aged 59 via a DNA test. He has lobbied the NSW government for many years to finally have his father's name included on his birth certificate. Peter is a father of 5 and a grandfather to several grandchildren. He also acts as a dedicated foster carer.

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Newcastle Family History Society Inc past event

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Saturday 16 March 2024 10:30am to 3:00pm

Venue: Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street Lambton

Seniors' open day free help with family history research

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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20 Mar 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Office Bearers Networking Group: Treasurers, Presidents and Vice Presidents - Tax implications for non-profit organizations. Clive Smith, the Association Treasurer.

Even though a family history society is a not-for-profit organization, it is not exempt from income tax unless it is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

From (and including) the 2023-34 financial year, family history societies that are not registered with the ACNC will be required to submit to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) an NFP-Self-Review-Return, unless they are submitting an Income Tax Return. They will be required to submit an Income Tax Return (and pay income tax) if their assessable income exceeds a defined amount.

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

John Hely

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 10:00am to noon

Venue: Port Hacking Community Centre, 184 Gannons Road, Caringbah South, NSW

In person event by JOHN HELY BBFHS member and passionate family history researcher, John Hely, will outline some of his journey and present ideas of managing research findings and give options to share the findings with close and distant family. John will table examples of these options. COST : Non Members: $15 Follow the links for online payments on the website Phone: 9523 8948

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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27 Mar 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

After an introductory social chat, participants will be requested to share some information for a few minutes on the specific theme. Future themes will be advertised on our private FB Page and on the Association website. This meeting theme is:

What I found out about an ancestor on their Military Records.

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Botany Bay Family History Society Inc past event

John

Wednesday, 03 April 2024, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Zoom

Presentation by John Vigar John is an architectural historian specialising in ecclesiology with over 40 years' experience in teaching, lecturing and writing. He will use illustrations including carvings, stained glass and objects to show the thousands of years of our human journey, our major 'Rites of Passage.' John will introduce us to historic practices, some replaced. + Baptism featuring fonts, covers, canopies. +Matrimony which is inextricably linked to church porches, aisles +Funerals with the sexton's implements, 18th C huts to protect parsons at the graveside, the last rites.

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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10 Apr 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Tech Support Group Meeting: Using MS One Note for Family Research – Ian Tate (Picton FHS)

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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08 May 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

Tech Support Group Meeting: Topic TBA

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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22 May 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

After an introductory social chat, participants will be requested to share some information for a few minutes on the specific theme. Future themes will be advertised on our private FB Page and on the Association website. This meeting theme is:

How I recorded an ancestor.

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NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. past event

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24 Jul 2024 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Zoom

After an introductory social chat, participants will be requested to share some information for a few minutes on the specific theme. Future themes will be advertised on our private FB Page and on the Association website. This meeting theme is:

My mysterious ancestor.

To book please use this form to send a message to the Secretary