Central Coast Council invites residents to explore their family histories at local libraries during National History Month

HISTORY MONTH: Locals who are interested in discovering their family's back story are being offered resources and expert guidance to go exploring. Picture: Aaron Brown
HISTORY MONTH: Locals who are interested in discovering their family's back story are being offered resources and expert guidance to go exploring. Picture: Aaron Brown

CENTRAL Coast residents are invited to become super sleuths of their family history during August, which is National History Month.

Central Coast Council's Library Service is providing resources and hosting events to help locals on their quest to uncover hidden family gems.

Council's libraries, learning and education manager, Beth Burgess, said there were events for all levels and interests.

"Family history is like detective work - it requires hard work, patience and often has surprising discoveries along the way," Mrs Burgess said.

"These popular events book out so don't delay - make sure you secure your seat online today.

Earlier this week:

"Family history is one of the most popular hobbies around the world, with more than 250,000 Australians members of family history related organisations."

The council provided a wide variety of different resources at its local history hub at Tuggerah Library, she said.

"These include NSW State Archives kits, index books, microfilms, electoral rolls, immigration documents, magazines and much more."

Free online access is also provided to the family history database Ancestry.com and all our branches provide access to 'Find My Past' - these platforms are very popular I would encourage community members to book ahead."

Among the events on offer at local library branches during National History Month are.-

  • Trove for Family History, at Toukley Library, Friday, August 16, 10.30am-12pm or Tuggerah Library, Tuesday, August 20, 10.30am-12pm;
  • Land Records in Family History Research, at Tuggerah Library, Wednesday, August 21, 10.30am-12.30pm;
  • Discover Rookwood Cemetery, at Tuggerah Library, Friday, August 23, 10.30am-12pm;
  • Organising and Preserving your Family History, at Tuggerah Library, Tuesday 27 August, 10.30am-12pm; and
  • Finding your Military Ancestors, at Bateau Bay Library, Thursday, August 29, 1.30pm-3pm.

Visit centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents for all events and bookings.

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