History Expo will have something for everyone

Sue Lark of the Kiama Family History Centre loves her work, and it shows.

Her enthusiasm for using her professional research skills to help people find the missing link in their family trees, or help them to understand the context in which their ancestors lived, is a great asset to our community.

2016-04-05 13.21.40Under her leadership, and with the help of well trained volunteers, the Centre is a world class genealogical research facility which attracts queries from far and wide.

As part of this year’s National Trust Heritage Festival, Sue has again organised another Family, Local and Social History Expo to give people one-stop access to a wide range of groups and services.

“We have 35 groups from throughout NSW, Qld and NSW coming along to share their experience,” she says.

These include family history groups, museums, convict interest groups, historical societies, libraries, archives, online service providers and specialist historians more than willing to talk to you about your history query or solve a mystery.

The Expo was last held in 2014, and Sue is hoping as many people as possible come along to this year’s event. “Last time over 800 people attended, despite atrocious weather making it very difficult to arrive without getting drenched.”

Kiama PO corner, 1880s

Kiama PO corner, 1880s

She stresses you don’t have to be a family history buff to find something of interest.

“We hope people will come and bring along their history questions or perhaps share their own history knowledge with us.’’

Speakers will include Ray Thorburn on assisted and unassisted immigration to Australia, Gail Davis from the State Archives and Carole Riley from Land Records in NSW.

“People now have information from around the world at their fingertips but they often lack the experience to decipher the information they source or know what step to take  next,” says Sue. “That is where we and these other organisations can help.”

Details: Sat 16 April,
The Pavilion Kiama, 9.30am-4pm.
First talk 9.45am. Free

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