Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection.`
I have been into Hornsby Library many times, and I have a library card, and it even has money on it for printing. Hornsby Library has a good family history section, with two microfilm readers/printers.
They don’t tend to keep up with later editions of important how-to books, and I find that my own are more up-to-date. They have a good local history collection, as you would expect.
The microfilm and microfiche collection is much more useful to me. They have a large part of the Archive Research Kit developed by the Archives Office of NSW (as it was then, now State Records NSW), which includes:
- the Early Church Records collected by the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages from the churches once civil registration was introduced
- Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence from 1788 to 1825, covered by the online index at State Records NSW
- various convict records
- the Immigration Agents’ Lists
- lists of ships arriving
- [forgive the lack of proper citations, I’m writing this from memory on the train]
They also have the Tasmanian birth, death and marriage records up to 1899 on microfilm, which always surprised me until I realised that Tasmania is the only other state that has published theirs on microfilm.
They have a good collection of local newspapers on microfilm, although not full runs.
They also have the rate books and minutes of the local council on microfilm.
I must admit that I have never investigated the resources available on the computers at the library, as I usually have my own, or have used mine at home before I get there. I can also usually find what I’m looking for on the Hornsby Library catalogue online before I arrive.
28-44 George St (entrance in Hunter Lane)
Hornsby NSW 2077