Family History Saturday: “Sourcing and Sorting It”

A big thank you to all of those who participated on the day. We received some lovely feedback on the speakers, the tours and the Library staff. Thank you to Nepean FHS for being there on the day and to State Records (Martyn and Dominique) for giving us their time. Thanks also to Ted Chapman for showing us the techniques of bookbinding, and Mavis Reynolds for coming along and giving an extra tale or two on our beautiful wall hangings.


Family History Saturday: “Sourcing and Sorting It”

Saturday 25 March – a free event.
In conjunction with the Nepean Family History Society, State Archives and our local bookbinder Ted Chapman, Penrith Library will host a day to help people research and preserve their family history.The Research Room will be open all day from 9am to allow staff to help people with their research of the local area

  • Penrith Library staff will also present talks:
    • 10am – PC Training Room – Beginning family history with Lorraine Stacker, Information Librarian, Penrith City Library
    • 11am – PC Training Room – Finding gems in council records with Ann-maree Bonner, Librarian, Penrith City Library
  • State Archives will present talks on the preservation of historical documents, and on the government records they hold and how to access them:
    • 1pm – PC Training Room – Preserving the Past for the Future – basic conservation techniques with Dominique Moussou, conservator, NSW State Archives
    • 2pm – PC Training Room – Finding ancestors on the State Archives website with Martyn Killion, Manager, Public Access, State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales
  • Escorted audio tours of the five Library and Council Creative Enterprise embroideries – between 12pm – 1pm –  – Library staff will escort small groups of 5 with accompanying hand-held audio devices to view each artwork. Please collect a token for the tour from the Research Room desk. A Not just stitches booklet will be given free to each participant.
  • Nepean Family History Society will have volunteers available all day to provide guidance and advice on all matters family history. They will also have their publications for sale on the day. 
  • Ted Chapman will be repeating his workshop on bookbinding techniques.
  • Tickets will be available from 1 March 2017 as there are limited spaces for the talks. 
  • Tea and coffee facilities, and biscuits will be available all day to refresh researchers.

For more information, please contact Lorraine Stacker on 0247327886 or email ; or Vanessa Stockford on 0247328040 or email

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