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Welcome to the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

FACEBOOK – Blue Mountains Family History Society has its own Facebook page. Please check us out, "like" us, leave comments, post historical photos or just read what others have to say about us.

http://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsFamilyHistorySociety

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Please check our FaceBook page regularly as often there are notices of short-term interest, such as free searches on Ancestry or Find my Past or special discounts on Certificate Transcriptions, that are available for only a weekend or limited time.

Please note, that you do not have to belong to FaceBook to view the Society's page. The page is public and accessible without any danger to your own privacy. However, to "like", comment or post a photograph or article you will need to be a signed-in member of FaceBook.

LATEST NEWS

ALL SOCIETY FORMS ABLE TO BE DOWNLOADED may be found HERE.

RENEW NOW your membership of the Society. Our membership rates are a very reasonable fee at $30 annually for a single membership, $40 for a married couple, plus $7.50 if you wish the Explorers' Tree posted. Our membership year is 1 Jan to 31 Dec but our period of leniency expires in March.

To renew contact our Membership Secretary at a monthly meeting, by writing to the Society, PO Box 97 SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777 or attending the Springwood Library Family History Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday morning.

Please download a MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM here. We ask both new and continuing members to complete the membership form every year to ensure our records are up to date. Phone numbers, addresses and emails do change and it's difficult to remember to advise everyone when you change your circumstance.

BMFHS Biennial Seminar: The next Biennial Seminar for our Society will be held on a Saturday in August 2015 in Springwood, NSW. August is Family History MonthThe theme is "Cultural Heritage" and a diverse range of speakers is being planned. Please keep this date free. An application form and further details will be available from this site early in 2015.

The Explorers' Tree Journal is a most informative and interesting magazine with articles written by our members. Please contribute your story, short article, research findings as our Society journal is an excellent vehicle to store your family history research for posterity. Your editorial committee, led by Rhonda and Terry Flowers, are always ready to receive your contributions.

The next issue will be available in March 2015 so contributions are requested as soon as possible to either PO Box 97, Springwood 2777, or by email to BMFHS eMail

BMCC SPRINGWOOD LIBRARY

Springwood Library and the Council Customer Service Desk will close temporarily from

Monday 1 December 2014

Both services will reopen on

Monday 5 January 2015

This closure is to allow for the final phase of the new theatre and community hub building works with new Library and Customer Service desks to be installed, some rearrangement of the interior of Springwood Library and the final links to be put into place between the Library building and the new Galleria.

Library staff apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

BMFHS VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANCE at Springwood

Due to the Library Closure and our usual end-of-year break, there will not be any volunteers attending either Springwood or Katoomba libraries from 1 December 2014 until February 2015. Volunteers will resume at Springwood library on Tuesday 3rd February and at Katoomba library on Tuesday 10th February 2015. Our research volunteers look forward to assisting everyone again in 2015 and thank you for using our assistance during 2014.

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

The Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc. offers a research service for non-members and others living away from the Blue Mountains.

The cost for this service is $25.00 and is payable in advance. Activity is by regular mail and email BMFHS WebMail.

Please contact the Research Officer of the Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc, PO BOX 97 SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777.

Please include as much information as you can to assist our Researcher is sourcing information for your request. After initial research is completed, further research will be at additional cost.

NEXT MEETING - 13 FEBRUARY 2015


10.00 am
Presbyterian Church Hall in Macquarie Road, Springwood.


Here is our November 2014 NEWSLETTER for downloading from this site in Adobe Reader (pdf) format.

December General Meeting

There will be NO December meeting of the Society. Instead, our December meeting will be replaced by our usual Christmas Lunch. This will be held on our usual meeting day, Friday 12 December 2014. We will gather at the Grandview Hotel, Wentworth Falls at 12:00 noon for a spendid traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. There will be plenty of time for social activities and our Annual End-of-Year Raffle will be drawn. The meal costs $30 for all members and must be paid to the Treasurer before Monday 17 November 2014. Looking forward to seeing you there and enjoying the company of many of our members.

Annual General Meeting held 14 November 2014

At this year’s AGM our President, Audrey King did not stand for re-election, so the Society thanks her for all she has done during her time as President.

We welcome the incoming Executive and Committee:

  • President 2015: Yvonne Wright
  • Vice President & Secretary: Colin Brest
  • Treasurer: Ian Kendall
  • Public Officer: Joan Edwards
  • Honorary Auditor: Bob Chrismas
  • Membership Secretary: Ann Raaphorst
  • Publicity & Newsletter editor: Pauline Gibson
  • Committee: Ann Krazny
  • Up to four (4) positions on the Committee are vacant and any member who is willing and able to join the committee are encouraged to put their name forward for co-option. New members come with new ideas and these are always welcome. Being a committee member is not an onerous task. Committee meetings are held once a month, on the fourth Friday of each month. These meetings are held in the small room behind the Presbyterian Hall in Springwood. It is not essential that you attend each meeting, so long as there is a quorum the meeting can proceed - half the committee members plus 1.

    We also welcome Rhonda and Terry Flowers as the new Editors for our highly regarded journal, Explorers' Tree. The next issue of the journal will be available to members in March 2015.

     

    Contact with the Society can be made by using the following:

    Blue Mountains Family History Society inc.
    P.O. Box 97, Springwood N.S.W. 2777, Australia.

     

    Society email contact- xploretree@yahoo.com.au

    Web contact only is bmfhsweb@gmail.com

    Morning Tea as usual is $1 for everyone.

    SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

    NEW SOCIETY INITIATIVES

    CAKE STALL - 21 NOVEMBER 2014

    Cake Stall: 21 November 2014 to be held in the grounds of the Presbyterian Church, Springwood. As well as donations of cakes, jams, and pickles - donations of books, DVDs and crafts will be welcome additions to the stall on the day. Please support this stall as a major fund-raising activity for this year to boost our dwindling finances. With the Springwood Library closed for two months, there has been no income from donations from those who have been assisted with their research.

    Cake Stall

    "Mentoring System"

    We are instituting a ‘mentoring’ system to help members with their research and involving members, who may be able to offer help to others in a field of research of which they have a particular knowledge. A mentoring form to this effect will be available at General meetings and for download.

    Download the form here, MENTORING SYSTEM FORM", complete the details and hand to a member of the Society Management Committee or leave at the Library with one of the Volunteers.

    Suggestion Box

    As mentioned in the December Newsletter a Suggestion Box will be available at General meetings for members’ input such as, whether or not social outings should recommence; whether you want a guest speaker at our monthly meetings or whether you would like a more hands on approach to family history research and in what way, etc. We would encourage all members to offer suggestions for activities and functions, guest speakers and Society policy.

    SOCIETY OUTINGS

    We are attempting to reinstate our Society outings after a period of no activity. An outing was planned for August but there was very little interest and had to be cancelled. An outing is being organised for October and hopefully it will proceed given sufficient interest by members and guests. It is disappointing when time and effort is put into planning and organisation for an outing only to have a poor response.

    If there is a venue or activity that you would like to see planned, then please use the Suggestion Box for your request

    NORFOLK ISLAND CONVICTS? Don and Carrie with Private Parts

    Convicts Don & Carrie & Private Parts

    PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES

    Jewish Museum at 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst The October 2012 outing was to the Jewish Museum at 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst on Monday 15 October, with a guided tour starting at 1.00 pm. The cost was $10 and was be payable to Blue Mountains Historical Society (as this was a combined guided tour of both societies). Only two members of the BMFHS attended along with 5 members of the Historical Society. The visit was most worthwhile to see the extent of Jewish influence on the early colony of NSW (there were 16 Jews among those of the First Fleet). As well the extensive displays of the Holocaust that every person should see.

    Berrima Historical Museum and Harper's Mansion, Berrima Don booked a guided tour of Berrima Historical Museum and Harper's Mansion, Berrima for Thursday 14 June 2012. Departure from Springwood was at 8.00 am from the northern parking lot at Springwood Railway Station (the 15 minute parking). Cost was $10.00 plus petrol money (probably $10.00 for those not driving). Don says the museum is arranged thematically and has wonderful exhibits relating to the internment of German internees at Berrima.

    OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE PARRAMATTA The September 2011 outing to Old Government House, Parramatta was very enjoyable and educational. Some members went to Parramatta Heritage Centre after lunch to view their exhibit or to do research in Local Studies.

    STATE PARLIAMENT HOUSE - The August 2011 outing was a visit to Parliament House Macquarie Street Sydney. This is also when Parliament was sitting so as well as an extensive tour by Parliamentary staff and local member, Rosa Sage, visitors were able to sit through Question Time.

    POWERHOUSE MUSEUM In July 2011, we had an enjoyable tour of the Powerhouse Museum and a few of our members went on to the book launch of Richard Reid’s “Farewell My Children”, at the NSW State Records at The Rocks.

    The May 2011 outing to Liverpool Genealogy Group was a success. The members who attended were very impressed with the research rooms, the friendly Liverpool members and the networking. It is always good to see the facilities of other societies and to get new ideas. Our members were provided with lunch and a few of our members found new information, researching in the afternoon.

    We were invited to Ku-ring-gai Historical and Family History Society research rooms at Gordon and an outing undertaken on 17th November 2010. Many thanks to the members of Kur-ing-gai for their hospitality and use of their wonderful resources.

    To view a selection of photographs taken by member Pauline H, see our Lancer Barracks Gallery. plus photographs taken on other excursions.

    The excursion for July 2010 was to Susannah Place Museum at 11.00 am on Thursday 29th July 2010. Susannah Place, 5 mins from Circular Quay, provides an insight into the richness of community life in The Rocks in the 19th Century. Some Photographs are available of the excursion as well as photographs of Cockatoo Island also visited on the excursion.

    Thanks to Pauline H for these photographic memories.

    MEMBERSHIP NEWS

    'EXPLORERS' TREE'

    Many thanks to Audrey King and her team for the June 2014 edition of our erudite journal, Explorers' Tree, that will be available on Friday 13th June 2014. If you were unable to be at the June meeintg and are yet to receive your copy, it will be found in the concertina folder in the Research Centre in Springwood Library.

    RENEW NOW your membership of the Society. Our membership rates are $30 annually for a single membership, $40 for a married couple, plus $7.50 if you wish the Explorers' Tree posted. Our membership year is 1 Jan to 31 Dec but our period of leniency expires in March each year.

    To renew contact our Membership Secretary at a monthly meeting, by writing to the Society, PO Box 97 SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777 or attending the Springwood Library Family History Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday morning.

    Latest Updates to this site: Events 2014 and Member's Interests

    Check our latest PHOTO GALLERY from one of our recent Society Activities.

    Check our latest NEWSLETTER for downloading from this site in Adobe Reader (pdf) format.


    The Society was formed in 1986 and concentrates on serving the area of the Blue Mountains City Council from the rise from the Cumberland Plain to Mt Victoria and the off shoots of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine to the north and the Megalong Valley in the south. We are a true family history society with interests back to our roots - in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc, how & where our ancestral families lived and worked and where they travelled. We have a close association with the Local Studies Librarians of BMCC - but our main focus is facilitating the family history research needs of the local residents, not local studies.

    We have close ties with adjacent regions: Lithgow in the west, Nepean (Penrith) and Hawkesbury in the east.

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    Map © copyright J Edwards 1999

    NON-MEMBER RESEARCH

    The Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc. offers a research service for non-members and others living away from the Blue Mountains.

    The cost for this service is $25.00 and is payable in advance and all activity is by regular mail.

    Please contact the Research Officer of the Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc, PO BOX 97 SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777.

    Please include as much information as you can to assist our Researcher is sourcing information for your request. After initial research is completed, further research will be at additional cost.

    OUR SOCIETY

    We are a very active family history society with regular meetings with guest speakers, workshops, regular help available (see under Springwood and Katoomba libraries), outings to resource centres and other places of interest, undertaking monumental inscriptions at local cemeteries and producing a variety of publications to aid family historians.

    The Society meetings are held at 10am on the second Friday February to November in the large hall of Springwood Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Road, Springwood (right in the centre of the commercial centre. Visitors are welcome. Alternately meetings feature a guest speaker or a workshop as well as a resume of the business of the Society. Committee meeting dates are included for Activities for 2014 (see under Archive of Events). Members are encouraged to make suggestions & raise concerns.

    SPRINGWOOD LIBRARY

    The genealogical resources of BMFHS and those of the BMCC Library are in the Family History section at Springwood Library. Society volunteers are in the section 10am to 1pm every Tuesday & Thursday, also on the last Tuesday & Thursday of each month. Members able to assist may be present on other days without notice.

    By arrangement, support in individual research at Springwood Library can be given. Please contact the Society by email Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc. to arrange date and time.

    Fiche readers & microfilm readers and 4 computers are set up for use in the area. The Society's CDs are available on our computers, a third computer has some of the BMCC library's CDs loaded while the fourth is for use with other CDs and has internet access. Some print out facilities are available.

    Ancestry.com (library edition) is available though the six general access computers in the main library, but prior booking of these computers is strongly recommended.

    The catalogue of the Society's holdings is on our computer & a hard copy is available. General access to our holdings is via Resources on this website.

    Currently BMFHS holds more than 1200 books grouped by content. Following a new organisation plan, members led by Joan and Ian are working to improve the organisation of the library area and the resources. When completed a new library catalogue will be available and all resources will be catalogued into new categories for ease of retrieval. BMCC Library family history holdings are in the same area.

     

    KATOOMBA

    From June 2006 BMFHS volunteers have been at Katoomba Library to help with family history enquiries, 10 to 12am every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This service has been very successful and we have met many well established family history researchers as well as beginners. Due to this success, if you wish to take advantage of this service please ring Katoomba Library to make a booking. Bookings are of 1 hour duration. The next assistance day will be the second Tuesday in February 2014. Arrangements for private research with a Society Volunteer can be made by contacting the Society by email Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc. or phone 02 4757 2317 to arrange date and time.

    LATEST NEWS

    Convict Interests The Blue Mountains Family History Society has begun compiling a list of Convict Ancestors, Pioneers and Interests of our Members. Many of our members have quite a few Convict Ancestors whilst others are researching groups of Convicts or particular Convict Ships. This list, along with details of the member involved is available at the Family History Centre in Springwood Library in a loose-leaf folder.

    This list is now also available progressively on this website and will be found here. Convict Interests

     

    For further information email bmfhsweb@gmail.com

     

     


     

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