Our annual two day family history event is on again this year - on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May from 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days. Like last year Showcase will be spread over four buildings, and you'll have the opportunity to get expert guidance and assistance from representatives of the National Archives of Australia and the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (both Principal Sponsors) and State Records NSW. In addition the three NSW BDM transcription agents (Joy Murrin, Marilyn Rowan and Laurie Turtle), Gould Genealogy, Archive CD Books Australia (Principal Sponsor), Library of Australian History, Aardvark Books, Mini Publishing and Cremorne 1.com Self-Publishing will all have stalls. Ancestry.com (Principal Sponsor) and FamilySearch.org will provide internet demonstrations.
Our terrific second hand and duplicate book stall will be back, and you'll find people who can help you with software programs such as Ezitree, Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist and Reunion, and also with Heraldry, One Name studies, Chinese research, Huguenot research and Lebanese research. In addition all our own interest groups and experts will be present to answer your questions on Australian, Irish, German, London, Scottish and South Asian research. There'll also be lots of lookups and research assistance on NSW Land & associated records, plus Publicans, Military and Mariner research as well as the Australasian Genealogical Computer Index (AGCI).
There's a two-day lecture programme, featuring both Australian and overseas topics for the beginner and more advanced researcher. Entry to each lecture will be by gold coin, in addition to holding a valid Showcase ticket for that day. The full lecture programme is in our Showcase brochure (see below).
And, to keep the body energized, there'll be our very popular Sausage Sizzzzle, plus sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks!
Tickets for Showcase are now available online, costing $15 for two days or $10 for 1 day if purchased before 5pm on 17 May - or you can buy at the door, but that's $15 per day!
All SAG members should have received a Showcase brochure by now, with the March issue of our journal, Descent. Our Showcase brochure is also available here.
We'll be closing for Easter at 4pm on Thursday 13 April 2006 and will reopen for research at 10:30am on Tuesday 18 April. That is, we will not be open on Saturday 15 April.
We will also be closed for Anzac Day on Tuesday 25 April.
1851 Census now available on ScotlandsPeople site
The indexes and images for the 1851 Census for Scotland are now available online at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, in addition to the 1861, '71, '81, '91 and 1901 census records.
Did your ancestor work on a Government farm?
Pat McCooey is researching the government farms in New South Wales from 1788 to 1830 at the Australian National University in Canberra. The farms included are Farm Cove, Rose Hill (Parramatta), Toongabbie, Castle Hill, the Hawkesbury (briefly), Grose Farm (Sydney), Longbottom (Concord), Rooty Hill, Bathurst, Emu Plains, Mulgoa Forest, Cawdor, the Cowpastures (Camden) and Wellington Valley, as well as some smaller outstations for grazing the government cattle.
Any information about any of these establishments and the people who worked on them would be welcome. Contributions will be acknowledged. Please contact:
Can you help with the Australasian Genealogical Computer Index (AGCI)? AGCI - the index which so many people find useful - is the result of much work by many volunteers over twenty years. Amongst them, a small team at SAG has been working away transcribing shipping arrivals into Sydney in the 1800s and recently two of their long term members have "retired" and so we're now seeking two or three new SAG members to join this group.
What's involved? Working at Rumsey Hall for about half a day a week, and copying the names from the archive shipping films into a computer file. You don't need to be a computer expert, but some familiarity with computers is useful. And there's even an editing/checking role with no computer involved.
Times available are mornings on Tuesday or Wednesday; or any afternoon Monday to Thursday. For more information, please provide your contact details to SAG's Executive Officer, Heather Garnsey, at email@example.com.
Australian Family Histories
In last month's newsletter our bookshop included a CD that lists and indexes the personal names in 5,637 Australian family histories. Unfortunately, the newsletter version emailed to our subscribers named the CD's compiler as Richard Reid. It was in fact Ralph Reid's work and we apologise to all - and particularly Ralph! - for our poor proof-reading!
Starting your family history on the internet
Graham Lewis, SAG's webmaster, will be introducing this subject at the Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre, St Ives Shopping Village (near the Woolworths entrance), Mona Vale Road, at 10:30am Thursday 13 April. $2 donation. Bookings essential - Tel: 9988 4966.