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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

News from FHWA

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FHWA Projects team works on  Wa Births

We can't see them, but the FamilyHistoryWA Projects team is working hard to help you continue building your family trees.

There is new data being added to some of the existing databases, and some new indexes being prepared, including the Can you help column of the West Australlian, and an index to the Irish Scene magazine.

Today's featured database is the WA Birth records from 1906 to 1942.  This contains over 80,000 indexed birth records from The West Australian, The Western Mail and the Sunday Times.  Each record is linked to Trove where you can find the original newspaper notice.

Only FHWA members can view this the WA Births database.  Not a member?  Join here.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2020 11:05

WA State Library services

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State Library of WA to the rescue State LIbrary WA

Our super State Library, although its doors are closed, is still open online.  And for Family History researchers there is a wealth of resources to tap in to.

Eresources Ancestry Library, British Library Newspapers, The West Australian, hundreds of ebooks and films can be accessed with your State Library card.

Haven't got one?  Membership if free for all WA residents. You can register online here.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2020 11:19


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Our second ever online video conference will be moderated by Neil Bradley. Book now in TryBooking via the Events tab.

When you have booked, on Thursday morning you will receive an email containing a Google Meet invitation code. Simply click the code in the email to join the meeting.

Feel free to join the meeting up to 30 minutes ahead of time if you are concerned about using this technology. We will guide you through the process. If you try to join but have no luck, wait 5 minutes and then try again.

This event is for MEMBERS of FHWA only.

Here is a direct link to the TryBooking page for the DNA Discussion - https://www.trybooking.com/BJGHA

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2020 11:23

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Video Meetings

The team at FHWA is going to launch a series of on-line video Training/Q&A/Discussion meetings using Google Meet for FHWA Members.headphones

We can have up to 100 people in a session, though that does mean that most people will have to have their microphones muted and ask questions via the Chat box.

To get prepared you will need to have a speaker plugged into your PC. That could be in the form of a headset (pictured) which also has an inbuilt microphone. If you don't have a microphone you will only be able to type questions. A webcam is nice to have but not essential. It really only allows others to see the person speaking. Data presented will come from the presenters' screen. Most reasonably modern laptops have webcam, speaker and microphone built in.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:27


Rockingham April meet postponed

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Please see attached for details of April meeting which has now been postponed.

Rockingham and Districts Monthly meeting. 4th April 2020.  Guest speaker: Julie Martin


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Events cancelled from 15 March 2020

All events scheduled to be held in Unit 4 will be cancelled immediately, for a period of one month, at which time this decision will be reviewed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:07


Western Ancestor - March 2020

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 Volume 14 No 09WA165-202009

Life on a bush block in 1930s Western Australia is the lead for this first, jam-packed, first edition of the Western Ancestor ofr 2020.  The Kojanup Connection by Donald Yuke is a riveting read.

Member stories cover an extraordinary range of topics, as well as an insiders view of how your journal gets to print.

 Articles include:

  • Castilla of the 'Works', Robert Atkins
  • Life of a proof reader, Jenni Ibrahim
  • Making your mark, Alison Smith
  • Nazis, Russians and Ellie, Ron Pimm
  • The framework of Knitters' plight, Shirley Guy
  • The introduction of convicts to WA, Joanne Hyland

FamilyHistoryWA members can read it online here.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2020 15:53

FHWA Operations Manual 2019 - New and Updated

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Please thank our dedicated members for updating this Manual

All current members can view it through our website.

Log In to your account to view the Operations Manual pdf.

Through our website at

Home - Members Only\FHWA Business\Operations Manual

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 13:04

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