Keep an eye on the NFHS Facebook page for invitations to our activities but this 'Events' page will give you not only the details but a map and links as well. 'Diary Dates' shows a chronological summary but please scroll down to below 'Join Us!' to see the details, maps and links for our events and outings.
Scroll down to find further details of our events, outings and activities. They are listed in chronological order.
Thanks to our social organiser Pat there have again been some fantastic social and historical experiences for members and friends. NFHS has other orientations and activities that are organised by different volunteers at the Society. A very big "Thank You!" to all these people for their planning.
Sadly during 2020 many events had to be cancelled or modified due to COVID-19 and we have had to limit both outdoor event numbers to 20/30 and indoor activities to 8. It is likely that 2021 will see further relaxing of restrictions so watch this page for 2021 adventures.
If you have any suggestions for future activities please leave a message in our actual Suggestion Box on the front desk in the NFHS reception room or on our online Suggestion Box on the Members Only page.
Keep up to date with every activity that is happening here and on our calendar. We love your company for Social events but we need your help on special days.
Special Interests Groups
When: Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time varies depending on interest group
Where: Either the NFHS rooms or Zoom
Cost: Free - book with convenor (see Members' Area)
Transport: Own Transport
Limit: currently 8 when at NFHS -
Zoom meeting numbers are unlimited
Special Interest Groups currently are:
1. Ancestry Users
2. Convicts in Australia
3. DNA and Genealogy
4. English Ancestors
5. Irish Ancestors
6. Researching Family History
7. Scrapbooking for Genealogy
8. UTas Family History Diploma Group
Please check with your convenor regarding when your group will recommence in 2021.
There are thousands of resources in our Society Library, many unique to our organisation. But, working out how to find and use them all can be tricky – how they’re catalogued, what’s in all the file drawers, what’s on the computers.
We run free Orientation Sessions for all members, but especially for new members, to help answer those queries.
We’re hoping to run our next sessions in March-April-May 2021.
The sessions will help you understand the keys to unlocking the resources:
the Surname Index to hundreds of family records
the Classification system for the books
the Catalogue, Subject Index, Cemeteries Index
the Snippers collection
the digital collection including less-known items like the Paracensus and the index to the Colonial Secretary’s In letters
Microfiche, Microfilm, CD indexes
There are small group discussions, hands-on activities and we provide summary sheets.
We’ve planned two sets of dates:
Group 1*: Saturday, 27 March (Print) and Saturday, 10 April (Digital)
Group 2: Saturday, 1 May (Print) and Saturday, 15 May (Digital)
You can nominate the group dates that suit you best. Sessions start at 9am and last about 2 hours.
If you’re interested, sign up on the sheets on the noticeboard in the reception area or email the planning group convenor, Marg Ashford at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Note: People who signed up for the cancelled 2020 sessions have been placed in Group 1. Please let me know if you’re still interested or if the group 2 dates suit you better.
NSW State Archives
Due to COVID-19 this day has had to be postponed but once NSW State Archives reopens to tours and until we can reschedule a date to visit, members might like to take advantage of these instructions to make their own way there to do their own research. Remember to take your lunch!
Currently bookings must be made and all orders for retrievals of records are made online. This is how members can get to State Archives using public transport. You can travel to either St Mary's Station or to Penrith Station. St Mary's is more direct but Penrith may be quicker on your return journey. Use Trip Planner to clarify times.
1. Catch the Newcastle train to Strathfield.
2. From Strathfield Station make a connection to St Mary's Station.
3. From St Mary's Station exit to the bus stops and find stand 8.
4. Catch the 770 bus from Mt Druitt to Penrith via Claremont Meadows. It turns left at Gipps Street shown on the map below.
5. The bus will stop at the main gate to the Archives. Ask the driver where you get off if you are unsure.
6. The 770 will travel on to Penrith and then return along the same route.
7. To return to a station catch the 770 either back to St Mary's Station or on to Penrith Station.
8. Catch the train from St Mary's Station or Penrith Station back to Strathfield Station and connect to a Newcastle train.
9. The 'Directions' link on the map below will provide details of different ways of travelling to State Archives at Kingswood.
Genealogy Courses differ from Orientation Sessions. They are short courses led by someone experienced in the topic and are open to both members and non-members. There is a charge for each Genealogy Course to cover preparation of materials.
Each session will run for 45-50 minutes and will mainly be held at 9.00 am on a Saturday. Part of the course will locate the resources held within our library. After the course concludes the library will be open as usual so participants can remain and practice their newly acquired skills. All courses will be limited to no more than 24 participants. Some courses may be have even smaller numbers depending on the topic. All future courses will be limited according to COVID-19 restrictions.
Sadly the eight courses run during 2020 but due to COVID-19 needed to be presented differently.
Each of us has many research skills. NFHS is always looking for ideas for genealogical courses and people who are interested in running them in order to help members from beginners to the more experienced tackle their family history research. Can you a suggest a topic for a furure course? Are you able to run a course that will help others understand a resource that you have investigated in your family history? Please consider getting involved in any way that you are able.
If you wish to offer assistance or enquire about future courses please contact Pat:
Phone or text: 0427577598.
Plans for the future!
These are our planned dates and locations for 2020 for your diary. Details will be added once they are confirmed.
We are waiting to be able to visit the digitisation lab at Newcastle City Library but this has had to be postponed as the equipment is held up in Victoria.
TBA: Postponed: Sydney Hospital Museum and Sisters of Charity Archives and Museum.
TBA: Newcastle Crematorium Tour will be announced as soon as rules at the Crematorium allow non-essential gatherings.
TBA: State Library visit talk and tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19. When appropriate attempt will be made to re-schedule it.
Can you suggest a local history wander?
Do you have any ideas or can you share your family or local history knowledge while we explore the local area and and then share a chat with others over a coffee or a light lunch when we finish up at a cafe nearby. These walks are a new event from 2019 and our organiser is trying to make local walks every couple of months. Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends or family (including grandchildren). Other walks are planned for winter and while we have some locations in mind we would love some other ideas and there is plenty of time to think about places. Please put any suggestions in the suggestion box or send an email to the events organiser, Pat on email@example.com or email our Secretary using the address on our contact page.