President’s Report – 

    1. To view our Annual Report 2019 click here
    2. Family History Society of Rockingham and Districts Inc.Update.Yesterday 4th May we held our AGM and the following office bearers were elected:President                                Myself          Secretary                                             Betty VandelandeTreasurer                                            Leon Daly

      Library Coordinator                        Verna Nazzari

      Program Planner                              Rae Matthews

      Membership Secretary                 Chris Dodson

      Publicity Officer                               Amanda Batterham

      Fundraising Coordinator              Terry Craig

      The following non-executive appointments were also made:

      BTL Editor                                            John Wiseman

      Website Administrator                 Betty Vandelande

      Auditor                                                Currently vacant but we hope to fill this position shortly.

      Once more these volunteers have put their hand up to help us operate a Society that is well worth belonging to.  Thanks to you all.

      Leon made a presentation on the smart screen about our finances that was well received.

      Twenty year service awards were presented to Ainslie and Roland Sharpe.

      We had a very interesting talk from Betty Vanderlande on Irish Land Divisions.

      I have been asked by John Wiseman to remind you all, that he is always after articles for the BTL. This is a good way of sharing some of your research that I know all of you are beavering away at. No matter how small the issue is we would love to hear from you, as what you might have come across might just be the missing link that someone else has been looking for.

      Since my talk on Sources and Citations I have been going through my tree in Ancestry and updating it for these. In doing so, I have found more information for some of my ancestors since I did the research originally. In one case, came across a burial in Dover for an Elizabeth mills in 1862 for what I originally assumed was correct.  However on looking deeper into it and finding the record for the grave stone it turned out that I had the wrong person.  I’m sure if you look deep into some of yours you might errors like this so it is good to revisit your tree now and again, (when you do your sources and citations like I have)!!!!!
      Our Library is well equipped with access to all the major genealogical data bases such as Ancestry, Findmypast, and others. We also have a good collection of books and magazines for you to borrow. And as I said above very experienced volunteers to assist in your research.

       I hope to see you at one of our monthly meetings at 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Our June 2019 speaker Isabell Andrews will talk  about “Jigsaw Adoption – a brief history” 


      Peter Godfrey
      6 May 2019