Hurstville Seniors Computer Club
Resumé of Previous Genealogy Meetings

 Wednesday 14 June 2017 

Seven members attended our June meeting now located in the New Annex at Hurstville Seniors Centre 91 Queens Road, Hurstville.

Topics of interest were discussed as follows:

1. The NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference, Orange, NSW Thursday 21 September to Sunday 24 September 2017.

2. The Fifteenth Australian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, Friday 9 March to Monday 12 March 2018 at the International Convention Centre Sydney NSW.

3. The expanding interest in Autosomal DNA testing for cousin matching and genetic relationship and a comparison of different DNA testing companies.

4. The 'New Look' website for NSW Archives and Records Office and the showing of their introductory webinar Using the NSW State Archives website well worth a look. Note:(Tracing NSW Convicts webinar now available).

.................................... JWS   

 Wednesday 9 November 2016 

Three members attended our November meeting with two apologies.

Five topics of interest were discussed as follows:

1. Techniques were demonstrated for getting the most out of Trove.

2. The new web site of NSW State Records was presented and various features explored. The usefulness of the KeyName Search was explained and demonstrated.

3. The UK General Register Office has new online indexes of births and deaths for England and Wales which make the ordering of certificates much easier and also provide additional information, namely the inclusion of the mother's maiden name on birth records from 1837 onwards, and the age at death from 1837 onwards.

4. is home to the on-line historic Indexes of the Civil Registers (GRO) of Births, Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Deaths and to Church Records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial from a number of counties. The site lists the counties and year ranges covered.

5. A video Guide to Parish Records was shown. While the main emphasis is on English and Welsh parish records, Scottish, Irish and European parish records are also mentioned.

.................................... FHS   

 Wednesday 12 October 2016 

Eight members attended our October meeting with one apology.

Two topics of interest were discussed as follows:
1. Judy Webster Tips on Probate were considered –
  • Look for Wills for every person in your tree
  • Use indexes for other States and countries
  • Probate files can contain birth, marriage and death certificates
  • Some Wills may only be found in land titles records
  • Probate files may contain the name of a parent where death certificates don't
  • It is possible for two separate probate files to be created years apart
  • FindMyPast is a large online resource for wills and should not be overlooked
Your link is – Judy Webster Tips on Probate etc.

2. We had a look at the webinar presentation by Devin Ashby titled FamilySearch for Beginners. Although titled for beginners, this webinar is worth a look as it contains new features of the site and a QA session giving answers to the burning question on privacy.
Your link is – familytreewebinars

.................................... JWS   

 Wednesday 10 August 2016 

Six members attended our August meeting with two apologies.

Three topics of interest were discussed as follows:
1. The automatic colourising of black and white photographs. This is an interesting web site but it seems older black and white photos do not colourise as well but maybe it depends on the quality of the original. Worth a try –

2. Judy Webster Tips on Probate etc. This website is always full of information.

3. Ancestry Tips and Tricks. Time did not permit the showing of this 20 minute presentation by Christa Cowan from Ancestry but will be subject of discussion at our next meeting as it explores useful searching techniques.

.................................... JWS   

 Wednesday 9 March 2016 

Six members attended our March meeting.

In John's absence, Fred Scott first demonstrated the new features of Trove after its recent upgrade, concentrating on the vast newspaper collections. Copyright issues prevent searching beyond 1954 for most newspapers, however all later issues of the Sydney Morning Herald can be examined by other methods.

Both the State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia have an eResources section on their site which allows on–line access to a vast collection of journals, databases and newspapers, both local and overseas. Included in the collection is the Sydney Morning Herald 1955 to 1995 and the Sydney Morning Herald from 2006 to the current issue. The 10 year gap from 1996 to 2005 can be accessed from microfilms held by Hurstville Library.

A Library Card (free) is needed to log in to the eResources section for each library, and this can be applied for on-line.

.................................... FHS   

 Wednesday 10 February 2016 

Six members attended our February meeting with two apologies.

It is this time of the year that Rootstech, the global family history event is held at Salt Lake City and you can view the video archive on their website found at RootsTech
Videos I found of most interest were —
  • My Ancestors are from Britain by Myko Clelland. An excellent and most informative presentation of British records available in findmypast.
  • What's New in FamilySearch, Family Tree by Ron Tanner. Family Tree has all families connected ie it is a single tree and in my opinion should receive serious consideration. Ron's electrifying presentation is worth viewing.
  • Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke.This presentation is a review of Lisa's ToolBox showing how Google can work for you. It contains tips and tricks for searching includes many examples and a case study into the use of inverted commas, the asterisk, the minus sign, number range and link searching.

Hatch Match and Dispatch the 8 part series on the NSW Registry of BDM starts Thursday 11 February at 8pm on ABC and continues each Thursday until finished. It showcases all of the Registry functions. Over the series you will see our New South Wales transcription agents Marilyn Rowan and Joy Murrin in action.
Hatch Match and Dispatch

.................................... JWS   

Click for Notes on previous meetings of the Genealogy Interest Group.