August is National Family History Month

The Tea Gardens Family History group hard at work researching our past in the Cottage.

FAMILY history is celebrated nation-wide this August, and the MidCoast Council and local groups, including the Tea Gardens Family Research and Local History Group, are hosting a number of free workshops and one-on-one sessions.

Australia’s multicultural population is a result of several successive waves of immigration, from the First Nations peoples, to the European colonisation, the Gold Rush and even bigger post-WWI and -WWII migration waves, making for a real melting-pot of mixed stories to be rediscovered.

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“Family History Month is when groups are encouraged to do something special for their branch and community,” Judith Glover, Secretary of the Tea Gardens Family Research and Local History Group told NOTA.

“We at Tea Gardens Family Research & Local History have organised two different topics to be held at the local library, which are free events.

“On 19 August, 10am-12pm, Christian Patteson will be talking on ‘Growing up in the 1980’s here in HN/TG’ and will also be showing a video of the area taken by a Mr Michael Rowe, and it is open to any interested persons.

“On 21 August, we will be hosting a PowerPoint demonstration on ‘How to get started with your family research’ from 10.30am-12.00pm.”

National Family History Month is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations.

MidCoast Libraries is hosting workshops at Tea Gardens, as well as Taree and Forster during August.

“Digging into your family history can be exciting and rewarding,” said MidCoast Council’s Manager Libraries, Community and Cultural Services, Alex Mills.

Bookings are essential, and anyone interested in the Tea Gardens events should drop into the Library beforehand, or call the Tea Gardens Library on 4997 1265.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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