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Whitsunday Regional Libraries will be holding a free family history workshop at the Proserpine andBowen libraries for Family History Month in August.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the workshop titled ‘Exploring Colonial and Convict Ancestry’ ispresented by Lyn Cardwell and Val Blomer who are both passionate family historians from thespecial interest group Convict Connections, part of the Genealogical Society of Queensland.
“They have many years’ experience researching family history including their own convict and free settler ancestors; this is a valuable workshop for anyone interested in family history,” MayorWhitney said.
Workshop topics range from where to start and what records are available to hopefully discovering a convict ancestor. Participants will be able to find out about the numerous records and resources available relating to both convict and free settlers in colonial Australia and discover how these records can be used to build up a family’s history.
Members of the public interested in researching their convict or colonial ancestors (bothexperienced and novice) are encouraged to come along to the workshop. There will be time forquestions and answers and one-on-one session afterwards.
The free workshops will be held at 10 am at Bowen Library on Thursday 6 August and 10 am atProserpine Library on Friday 7 August. As places are limited bookings are required.
For further information or to book please contact your local library.
Bowen Library: 4761 3670Proserpine Library: 4945 0275
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