We are now established at the centre and can now offer to members two drop in days a week, Mondays and Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm, focus group sessions on Wednesday afternoons and other research days throughout the year. Our research resources in the form of written material and digitally stored material means that our members just do not have 2 hours a week at the library but can access our resources when the centre is open for much longer times than we had before.
To ensure continuity, our research team still attends the library on Tuesdays from 2 pm to 4 pm and will continue to do so while members require this service. At the library there is access to computers and e-readers for newspaper research and other digitally stored material.
BFHG Research and Training Centre
Our new centre is established in rooms which we have sublet from Senior Citizens at their centre up Flanagans Lane, 176 Russell Street, Bathurst. There is a back entrance which allows us to access our rooms when others are using the hall. here
As mentioned we have drop-in days on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10am until 1pm. These days are for members to chat and have a cuppa, use the research room for your personal research, get some help with something you are stuck on in your research or to swap ideas and hints that we can share with each other to make all our research easier. With our social/ meal room we now have a facility that lets members chat, have a laugh, get to know each other and share a love of history. Please come and take advantage of this new service for our members, there are facilities to make a cuppa and have a biscuit or get a book from the research room and read about the rich history of this region. Family members are also welcome to attend with you. We are seeking members who would like to give a few hours of their time for a roster to open up and close up on these days.
We are also trialing having the centre open Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm until 4 pm if there is the demand and available volunteers.
We now also have a world version of Ancestry.com for members to use at our centre on the Group’s computers.
At present we are running two focus sessions a month. These are on Wednesday afternoons at the centre. The DNA focus group is on the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm and all members who wish to learn more about DNA are welcome to attend these sessions. There is also a Writing Your Family History session on the second Wednesdays of the month, from 2pm to 4pm. Jan Page is running this session and if you are interested either call into the centre or contact Jan.
We hope to add two other focus sessions shortly. These will be on tips and hints on researching using electronic resources such as Ancestry and Trove. As well as using offline programs such as Family Tree Maker. If you are interested in any of these sessions please make contact with either Dianne Barnes or Graeme Hill.
DNA Group can find additional information here
and Writers Group here