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Family History Workshops - Ashfield Library

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Ashfield Library

Level 3, 260 Liverpool Road

Ashfield, NSW 2131

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Family History and Genealogy is history on a personal scale. It helps satisfy a deep need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. Genealogy is more than just a collection of single family threads passing through time. It truly is a journey of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and (from our perspective) the future.

Attendees will be able to develop skills to research their family history and genealogy enable them to;

  • Determine & validate if family stories about their ancestors are true
  • Determine genealogical proof of a family connection, find and reconnect with living relatives
  • Tracing family photos
  • Learning about parent, grandparent or sibling after their death
  • Preserve knowledge of ancestors who contributed to family traditions, such as a family recipe book, allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country
  • Resolving family trees


Monday 16 April, 10am-12noon

Workshop. 1. Introduction to family History:

Introduces you to what family history is, before you can familiarise yourself with ways to start searching, what is required of you, how to source information and which records to look for. This session will guide you through the general research process for eliciting your own family history. You will follow step-by step processes of how and what to research, gain knowledge and understandings about the availability of various family history resources and online programs. How to use various cheat sheets, pedigree charts and other forms to record dates, events and research findings to start building your family history.

Prerequisite: Participants need to have a moderate level of skills with using computers, the internet and the web.


Monday 30 April, 10am-12noon

Workshop.2: Introduction to Ancestry.

Learn how to navigate your way in searching your family history by using www.ancestry.com. It is the most comprehensive database of family history information available online, containing billions of records across thousands of local, state, federal and international record collections. It includes records from the census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

Prerequisite: Participants need to have a moderate level of skills with using computers, the internet and the web and have completed Workshop 1 - Introduction to Family History

Important Note: You are required to bring the completed cheat sheets and other forms (from Workshop 1 - Introduction to Family History) with facts, dates & events to progress in this second session.


Monday 21 May, 10am-12noon

Workshop.3: Introduction to Trove for Family History

Learn how to use Trove for your family history research. Trove provides a wealth of resources across more than 90 million items in one go. Digitised newspapers and gazettes form the largest of Trove’s collections, with access provided to over 18.5 million pages from more than 1000 Australian newspapers. This free search engine allows family history searches across major Australian collections, with one click of a button. Come along and discover how Trove can assist with your family history.

Prerequisite: Participants need to have a moderate level of skills with using computers, the internet and the web and have completed Workshop 1 - Introduction to Family History & Workshop 2 - Introduction to Ancestry.

Important Note: You are required to bring the completed cheat sheets and other forms (from the Workshop 1 - Introduction to Family History) with updated facts, dates & events and results from your search via Ancestry (from Workshop 2 - Introduction to Ancestry) to progress in this third and final session.



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