Both members and non-members are welcome to visit the Society’s Library during opening hours to carry out their family history research. Volunteers are on duty to assist in locating resources or to suggest a possible way forward when the inevitable brick wall brings research to a full stop.
The use of the Library is free for all Society members but non-members pay a fee of $5 on Thursday afternoons or $10 for the full day on Saturdays. The Library offers a wide range of resources from books and maps to microfiche, microfilm and CDs. Free WiFi is available throughout the building and members or visitors can freely use Find My Past on any of our computers.
Personal storage devices may be used provided the volunteer librarian is aware that you have brought your own device. Please remember that Copyright must always be observed.
Disabled access to the building is behind the Elder Street building In DeVitre Street via the driveway beside Meals on Wheels. This gate is unlocked during Library opening times. If this access is required we suggest that you contact us by phone on (02 4957 8296) during our opening hours to ensure that there are no temporary issues that may cause a difficulty. We do have disabled toilet facilities.
Our amenities include provision for tea or coffee making, a small fridge and a microwave, so you can bring your lunch if you are planning a full day’s visit.
If you are unable to attend our Library to carry out your own research, we do offer a Research Service.
All research is undertaken by volunteers and enquiries are processed in the order in which they are received. Upon receipt of a research request, an acknowledgement is emailed or posted to the enquirer notifying them that a preliminary free check of the Society’s holdings would be carried out to determine the likelihood of any outcome. If the enquirer wished to proceed after receiving the initial assessment of our resources, payment details would be passed on with the explanation that payment of A$20 was required either by cheque or by Direct Credit to our Bank before work could commence. For that fee, the enquirer would receive:
a generous one-hour search of our files, and other holdings
publication of the request in our quarterly Journal, reaching over 250 members as well as other Societies with whom we exchange Journals
filing of your request and our findings in the Society’s Research Records for use by researchers with the possibility of future contact.
Further research if requested would require payment of $15 per hour, so the enquirer has complete control over the time and cost involved.
A Research request form is available below for an enquirer to download or they can simply send an email requesting assistance to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining as much information as possible as well as resources already examined to avoid loss of time in searching material already covered.
Mailed enquiries should be addressed to:
PO Box 296
Jesmond NSW 2299
Disclaimer – Our research is contingent upon information supplied by the applicant. No responsibility for the accuracy of results, based upon this source, can be accepted by Newcastle Family History Society Inc.