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This week online

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FamilyHistoryWA Library and Research Centre is now open!


Please visit www.fhwa.org.au for all the details

Online meetings week commencing Monday 6 July 2020

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10:30 - 12:00

Organising Your Records with Christine Harris -Discover a simple method of dealing with all those documents and photos you accumulate while doing your research.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 13:00 - 14:30 

Trove with Ian Simon Ian demonstrates how to navigate the National Library of Australia’s website “Trove”

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 14:00 - 15:00

FTM User GroupTopic: Creating and using filters

Saturday, 11 July 2020, 11:00 - 13:30

Technology Special Interest Group Topic: To be advised

Sunday, 12 July 2020, 13:30 - 14:30

Convict Special Interest Group Topic: Online convict records that can be accessed from home

Sunday, 12 July 2020, 14:00 - 15:45

Scottish Special Interest Group MeetingTopic: Q & A session


Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2020 14:35

We are back

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Covid Reopening Jul 1

FamilyHistoryWA is reopening on Wednesday 1st July.

We will be reopening fully compliant with the directions made under the Government’s Emergency Management Act and have completed  the COVID Safety Plan and COVID Safety Certificate that is required before reopening. The COVID Safety Plan is available for you to view at our premises. There is a separate plan for each of our 3 units. 
This required us to consider physical and social distancing, how we handle books, how we handle cleaning and disinfecting, that we have removed communal cleaning problems, or mitigated them, and have the means to record everyone who enters the premises, that is, contact tracing.
We’re back, but we have to operate differently to comply with the Emergency Management Act.


What does this mean for you?

Our hours are different – we rely on Volunteers and will be operating very close to our usual opening hours. Monday has changed hours.

If you want to use our research centre you need to book a computer or a research table timeslot, and your membership card will be swiped as usual.
All bookings are for set lengths of time with a little gap between to allow for cleaning of computer keyboards, tables, etc.

If you want to return your library books and get some more, then you don’t need to book if you don’t intend to stay very long. If however, the number of people in Unit 5 will exceed the number allowed according to our COVID Safety Plan, you may have to wait outside for someone to leave.

The kitchen is closed. The booking times are such that you can lunch at home before or after your booking.
If you want a break during your research then you need to bring your own drink bottle so as to reduce to amount of disinfecting that has to be done in the kitchen.
We’ve closed the toilet in Unit 6 to reduce the disinfecting required. Please use the one in Unit 5.

Unit 4 will remain closed as the numbers we are allowed are so low because of physical and social distancing as to be pointless for a meeting.  It looks hopeful that Phase 5 rules will be more relaxed and we will hopefully be able to open Unit 4 mid-July. We will, of course, keep you informed.
Everyone, we are doing our best for you, and for our Society. We’ve put in a lot of work to get things up and running, so please be mindful of the distancing rules, and follow all the signs at our premises. Thank you.

Detailed Requirements

Units 5 and 6 – The Research Centre

Please follow these steps if you are planning to visit our Research Centre
  1. Do not visit if you are unwell. If you are experiencing ANY cough, cold, fever or any respiratory symptoms, OR think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, then please do not visit.
  2. If you want to return a library book or magazine, or borrow a book, then you can just visit as usual, have your membership card scanned, place your books in the quarantine box, and borrow your new books.
  3. If you want to use a table in unit 5 for research then you need to book your table through TryBookings. [Details below]
  4. If you want to use a computer, or the old film reader, in unit 6 then you need to book on TryBookings. [details below]
To control the number of people accessing our Research Centre in accordance with the Government’s Emergency Act, everyone coming to May Street must book their place.  This will be managed through our normal booking system, TryBooking.  If you cannot use TryBooking, phone (08) 9271 4311, during the hours below, and a booking will be made on your behalf.  If you do not have a booking, you will not be able to access the Resource Centre.
Monday morning                  closed
Monday afternoon               13:00-16:45
Monday evening                  17:00-19:50
Tuesday all day                    closed
Wednesday morning           09:30-11:45
Wednesday afternoon        12:00-14:20
Thursday morning               09:30-11:45
Thursday afternoon             12:00-14:20
Friday morning                     09:30-11:45
Friday afternoon                  12:00-14:20
Saturday                                13:00-16:50

To book to use any of the resources in Units 5 and 6, you can access the booking page through the normal events listing; LINK   or you can use the following direct links:
July 1 to 11 inclusive      LINK   
July 13 to 25 inclusive     LINK  
To allow as many people as possible please book for one session per day only, and a maximum of two sessions per week.  To comply with regulations, each person attending must make a separate booking even if they are attending together.
Each available resource will be listed on the booking form and you will need to select the one that you wish to use.  The following resources will be listed:
8 x computers (Unit 6)
2 x places for laptop users (Unit 6)
1 x film reader (Unit 6)
2 x research tables (Unit 5)

When you are making your booking you will be able to make only one selection in the listed sections and then select quantity of 1 ticket only for the session.

We are very happy to finally be re-opening and welcome you back to your Society.

FHWA Management Committee
24 June 2020

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2020 15:22

Western Ancestor - June 2020

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Volume 14 no 10

Special notice: Our AGM is cominmg up on June 28 at 2pm.  Details are included in the Western Ancestor and here on the website, with a link to register for your attendance.

Much to keep you readiing during the cold, wet days.

There's FHWA in the time of pandemics: much paddling underwater to make plain sailing in these unusual times.  Our volunteers talk frankly of the journey to bring all of the services and activities of the society to members online.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:12


Annual General Meeting 2020

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 The Forty-first Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held as an on-line video meeting on Sunday 28th June 2020, commencing at 2.00 pm.

For all relevant documents, and to register to attend Members Only should go to AGM 2020.

Library Closure - update

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 We are nUpdateot reopening on May 18th.

While Phase 2 of Mark McGowan’s road to recovery says that libraries may reopen, with a 20 person limit, he also says that people who are vulnerable should not return to work.

We have a library that caters for a vulnerable age group that is predominantly run by a vulnerable age group.

We are investigating when we will open and will err on the side of caution as to when that happens.

 Library and Research Centre: COVID-19 Response

To protect the health of our Volunteers, Members, and Visitors the Society has decided to close the FHWA Library and Research Centre from 5pm on Saturday, 21st March until the end of May.  At that point we will review the situation and see if we need to remain closed or if we can resume operating the library again.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2020 11:46


Ancestry and FindMyPast

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Interest groups go virtual

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Help is at hand as FHWA Interest Groups go virtual help

As the virus lock-down intensifies, FamilyHistoryWA gears up to provide its servicies and activities online to members.

Interest Groups, Writers, Family Tree Maker User Group, The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group and more are meeting and arranging presentations.

FHWA Activities are also on the move to online formats:  Researching your WA Ancestors is the first on April 5.


Writers Group online

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Writers Group Wednesday Q & A  Writers Group

join the FHWA Writers Group online ifora general writing question and answer discussion. If you have any Show and Tell please share it with us. We will critique our stories by email.

Wednesday April 1, at 10am - 12.30 pm.  Book your place here.  Or check for more upcoming Events.

Not a member yet?  Join us here.

Trove treasure

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Treasure hunt Miscellaneous excerpts Sydney Gazette 12 Mar 1803

Troving through Trove  FHWA IT Manager Chris Harris has unearthed many weird and wonderful gems.

So much so, she has set up a blog to share her findings and lift our spirits.

Surviving the pandemic one laugh at a time, Chris says she created this to beat the self isolation boredom and blues.

See for yourself at Treasures from Trove or look out for Chris's posts on the FamilyHistoryWA on Facebook.

Isolation no more

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Let's keep isolation in its box.  chat1c

You don't have to spend the weekend alone.  Join other FHWA members online this weekend.

Book for as many sessions as you choose. These are very casual virtual catch ups - no agenda, no set topics. It's just great to see old friends and to make new ones.

We will try to keep each session pretty small so that everyone can easily participate. You will receive an email an hour or two before the session containing the link to the video conference. Just click and join.

If you are the first one to join, just wait online and others will join in progressively.
Four sessions will be held between Saturday 28 March 2020 11:00 AM and Sunday 29 March 2020 3:00 PM

 Book here: at Events

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2020 11:17

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