National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month and Penrith Library has arranged a varied programme of activities during the month.

Tickets will be available from Penrith Library from 16th July. Most events are free, but bookings are essential due to limited space for some sessions.

To book a place at any of these activities, call into any branch of Penrith City Library or call (02) 4732 7891 or (02) 47327860, or email:

All activities are located within Penrith Library, 601 High Street, Penrith.

Tuesday 7 August – 10am – 12.30 pm (PC Training Room) – Family history research with a local twist – Interested in getting started with your family history research? Research Services Librarian Lorraine Stacker will present a talk on getting started in family history using online resources, and, Research Librarian Ann-maree Bonner, will detail some of the wonderful local records that can be used to flesh out your family tree.

Bookings essential – FREE event

Leitch family

Wednesday 15 August – 1pm- 4pm (Peter Goodfellow Theatrette) – Workshop: Connecting culture: tracing ancestors – Come, meet and listen to the State Library of NSW’s Indigenous Services team. They connect people with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provide help in exploring Indigenous family history using the diverse and extensive collections of the State Library.

Their session will be followed by Penrith Library’s family and local history historian, Lorraine Stacker, who will step through her research into the Indigenous family history of a family member.

Tea and coffee facilities available

Bookings essential – $5

State Library of NSW, Indigenous Services Team


Saturday 25 August – 1pm – 3pm (PC Training Room) – Workshop: Researching NSW land records online – Family historian and land records expert, Stephen Ford will step you through the mire of land records in NSW with some fascinating and thought-provoking results.

Bookings essential – FREE event

Stephen Ford talk

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