Court and prison records on offer at genealogy fair

WHEN Taree Family History Society opens the doors on its 'Larrikins and Leg Irons' family history fair at Club Taree on Sunday, May 25 there will be a literal treasure trove of local history for genealogists and historians.

Aside from the many publications the society already has for sale, and these are numerous, several new releases will be launched.

The Manning Valley Bench Books comprises three books from the local police and court records, at a time when newspapers and these particular records were not printed, Court of Petty Sessions Records 1862 - 1883, Summons Books 1875 - 1905 and Police Charge Books 1862 -1883.

These books are a real eye-opener as to the wonderful information available in the Bench Books, all of events that took place many years ago.

'The Prisons and Reformatories of Australia' contains information on each of the prisons, female factories and reformatories since the time of settlement to the present.

It covers all states of Australia, divided into states and then alphabetically for ease of access.

Many of the jails and reformatories have been unheard of, until now.

There will be some 23 groups attending the family history fair, most with new releases and publications for sale.

They include Newcastle Family History Society, Ezitree Family History Software, Port Macquarie Family History Society, Nepean Family History Society, The Fellowship of First Fleeters from both Hunter Valley and North Coast chapters, Latter Day Saints, Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, Convict Connections Queensland, Kempsey Family History Society, Turtle Consolidated, Meryl Bolin - Graphologist, the Ryerson Index, Central Coast Family History Society, Maitland Family History Society, Tomaree (Nelson's Bay) Family History Society, The Biographical Database of Australia, State Records of NSW, The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, Inside History, Teapot Genealogy, Ancestry.com, and Taree Family History.

Taree Family History's patron, Wendy McKeough OAM, will be there to sign her book 'Taree In My Lifetime'

Many of the people who will be attending are attending just to assist you!

Meryl Bolin, renowned graphologist, will read and analyse great-grandma's old documents, so bring them along. The Ryerson Index will assist you and show you how to look up items in the old newspapers. Gail Davis, senior archivist, will talk to you about what to look for at State Records of NSW.

Ben Mercer from ancestry.com will assist you if required, Lorraine and Laurie from Turtle Consolidated are a wealth of information on sourcing information, and don't forget the experience of all the groups in research.

Fair details

The Larrikins and Leg Irons family history fair opens at 10am on Sunday, May 25 at Club Taree.

Speakers times are:

o 11am Gail Davis from State Records of NSW;

o 12.30pm Ben Mercer from Ancestry.com;

o 2pm Laurence Turtle from Turtle Consolidated.

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