52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 1

Week 1

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

3 comments on “52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 1

  1. Liz 3 February 2010 2:35 am

    Remember too with libraries: _
    *All the good books are out on loan being read, so be sure to check the catalogue and place a hold on the popular and new titles.
    * Libraries have an inter library loan service – goood for researching the area your ancestors lived and gettng hold of “obscure” titles your library may not hold.
    *Libraries subscribe to databases such as Ancestry – no need to subscribe
    *Library’s will take onboard suggestions for new titles to add to the collection
    *Look for an events Calandar, your library may provide speakers of interest for family history researchers or classes on how to use the internet or writitng classes.
    *Check out your library website before you visit!

  2. Carole 3 February 2010 11:39 am

    All excellent advice. I didn’t get around to mentioning the classes and talks on family history that the Hornsby Library holds on a regular basis.

  3. Roy 20 March 2010 10:54 am

    Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

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