ON THE FAMILY TRAIL: Central Coast Council history librarian Geoffrey Potter encourages locals to find out more about their families and the history of the area during National Family History Month, and (inset) Wray family members on holiday at Daleys Point in 1911.
ON THE FAMILY TRAIL: Central Coast Council history librarian Geoffrey Potter encourages locals to find out more about their families and the history of the area during National Family History Month, and (inset) Wray family members on holiday at Daleys Point in 1911. Courtesy CCLS

Program to help uncover your family history

WE ARE more interested than ever in our family histories, with more than 250,000 Australians now members of family history-related organisations, according to Central Coast Council's Beth Burgess.

"Family history is like detective work - it requires hard work, patience and often has surprising discoveries along the way," said Beth, who is unit manager libraries, learning and education.

As part of National Family History Month this August, the council's library service is holding events to help people navigate their way through the records and collections available.

Gosford and Tuggerah libraries are the council's "local history hubs", Beth said.

They provide access to NSW State Archives kits, index books, microfilm, electoral rolls, immigration documents, magazines and more, as well as free online access to Ancestry.com.

Certainly, the internet provides much easier access to historical records than previously available, and retirees particularly, with the time to devote, are taking advantage, with genealogical sites now the second most visited website category.

All Coast library branches provide access to the Find My Past platform.

Interest has increased with television series such as Who Do You Think You Are, tracing the family histories of various major talents, including in Australia everyone

from Noni Hazlehurst to Ernie Dingo, John Newcombe and Charlie Teo.

Mayor Jane Smith said the strong interest in family history on the Coast was also tied to the history of the Coast itself, with people keen to understand more about how the region and community have developed.

"Council's online library resources, Central Coast Memories and Nostalgia, contain an incredible array of photos, postcards, documents and memorabilia, showcasing our incredible region," she said.

"This is one of the ways our libraries are creating a stronger sense of community identity and what it means to live on the Coast."

 

 

Events (10.30am-12.30pm unless stated) to come this month include:

 

Trove for Family History Tuggerah Library, Tuesday, August 20.

 

Land Records in Family History Research at Tuggerah Library, Wednesday, August 21.

 

Discover Rookwood Cemetery at Tuggerah Library, Friday, August 23, 10.30am-12pm or Umina Library, Friday, August 30, 2-3.30pm

 

Organising and Preserving your Family History at Tuggerah Library, Tuesday, August 27.

 

Trove for Family History Research at Gosford Library, Wednesday, August 28.

 

Finding your Military Ancestors at Bateau Bay Library, Thursday, August 29, 1.30-3pm.

For history queries,

email council:

history@centralcoast.

nsw.gov.au

Contact the Central Coast Family History Society on 0243245164

or go to

centralcoastfhs.org.au,

or Wyong Family History Group

on 0243512211

or go to

wyongfamilyhistory

.com.au.


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