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Finding Your Ancestors: Researching Aboriginal Family History in NSW (Session 7 – Oct 2021)

October 5 @ 19:00 - 20:00

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Join Paul Irish and Michael Bennett in our monthly online series as they answer your questions about the best way to research your family. Each month they will be joined by special guests from Aboriginal communities, libraries and archives who have expertise in collections that could shed light on your family’s past. So turn off the TV, put your mobile on mute & log on to Zoom to get advice on finding the information you are looking for. There is so much to find if you only know where to start.

About the hosts:

Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with Sydney firm Coast History & Heritage. For over ten years he has been piecing together the history of Aboriginal families from coastal Sydney with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, including the 2015 NSW History Fellowship exhibition This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney and his 2017 book Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of Coastal Sydney.

Michael Bennett is a Sydney-based historian who for the last 20 years has worked with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW on native title claims, heritage projects, genealogical research and oral history recordings. He manages the Pathfinders website which explores the history of NSW Aboriginal trackers. The book of the same name was published in 2020.

About the special guest:

Allan Lamb is a Yuwaaliyaay and Wiradjuri man. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Language and Linguistics) and has been involved with Aboriginal community issues and affairs since 1979. He is a director of the Muurdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation and Native Title Services Corporation, and was an ATSIC councillor for the Muurdi Paaki region for the full ATSIC term. Mr Lamb is also a director of Mid Lachlan Aboriginal Housing Board. He is also heavily involved with the Goodooga Magpies RLFC and Western CMA.

Want to know how to search for ancestors using BDM? In the below video, Paul and Michael show you how to search for records online using the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM).

Want to know more? Find out more about Finding Your Ancestors by downloading a special article published in History Magazine, by visiting the website and watching our YouTube videos.

Please note these sessions are for Aboriginal community members


October 5
19:00 - 20:00
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