The Family History Volunteers Rack Up 1000 Enquiries for 2010/11!

The Family History Volunteers have been counting down for the last couple of weeks but on Thursday the 9th of June (that’s D-Day+3 for those of us who are historically minded) the team cracked their 1000th customer for the 2010/11 financial year.

Tim Perkins of Para Hills was the lucky 1000th. Tim is a semi regular customer of the service and he was very pleased to receive his celebratory copies of Haystacks to Cul de Sacs and From Paddocks to Plaza!

Tim was introduced to us through a Family History Course put on by the Local History Service and his win was celebrated by the volunteers also.

While Tim was the winner, the volunteers did the hard work. A session with a Family History volunteer can often run for over an hour (conditions approving) which means that Local History tasks aside the Vollies here have achieved anywhere between 1000 and 5000 hours of successful service.

The Local History Service simply could not cope without them.

If you see Pam, Barbara, June, Helen, Lyn, Geoff or Faye please congratulate them on their milestone!

Hungry for Genealogy?

Next Wednesday we will hold our first session of Lunch Time Bites, aimed at the genealogist who would like to learn more and have time to discuss topics in an informal setting.

The first topic will be Genealogy and Web2.0 technology, looking at how genealogists can use these sites for family history.  We’ll look at Facebook, Flickr, blogs and wikis.

Bring your lunch and share a cup of coffee with us, next Wednesday 17 February,  from 1.00 – 2.00pm in the Community Learning Centre. 
No bookings required.

New Year resolutions

As the year comes to a close, one often sets goals for the new year. For those who have an interest in family history, here are some you may wish to place on your 2010 list.

  1. Get organised. The Local History room can provide charts and forms for you to get started.
  2. Attend some, if not all the exciting family history courses, workshops and talks presented by the Library. Brochure out shortly.
  3. Share the information you have gathered with other members of your family (Web2.0 technology and genealogy will be a focus of the Library next year if you’re not sure how to start).
  4. Learn more about genealogy. The Library has one of the best family history book collections for loan, to suit the new and experienced genealogist.
  5. Be inspired. Borrow from the Library and watch sessions of Who Do You Think You Are. Guaranteed to inspire.
  6.  Meet like – minded individuals who share the genealogy bug. The Local History area on Tuesday to Thursday always has someone to have a yarn to or ask questions.

A goal not written down is only a wish.  Unknown