Find and meet the family

Graham Rose, president of the Manning Wallamba Family History Society speaking at the 2015 inaugural genealogy fair in Wingham.

Graham Rose, president of the Manning Wallamba Family History Society speaking at the 2015 inaugural genealogy fair in Wingham.

THERE is good news for those wanting to find and meet members of their family and piece together their family tree.

A genealogy fair held last year in Wingham for the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival was so successful it is being held again for 2016 on May 26 at Wingham Services Club.

Attracting more than 30 people from as far as the South Coast in its inaugural year the Manning Valley Historical Society expects an even bigger turnout this year due in part to the guest speakers on the day.

"We're really excited to welcome such good quality speakers to Wingham," said MVHS president Barbara Waters.

"I hope people take advantage and come along."

Ben Mercer of Ancestry.com Australia is a knowledgeable and entertaining expert on researching family and social history; John Cann will bring a fascinating array of information from the State Records NSW and Graham Rose is a well known genealogical enthusiast from the local area and president of the Manning Wallamba Family History Society. Graham will this year talk about Wiki Tree a free, shared social networking genealogy website.

According to Barbara the one day event will provide a good start for people wanting to research their family. With new records coming online all the time the information available on the day can give people the tools to navigate what can often be an overwhelming amount of data.

The event is being jointly organised by the Manning Valley Historical Society, Manning Wallamba Family History Society and the LDS Family History (Taree).

The cost of the day is $20 with registration at 9.30am for a 10am start. The day will conclude at 3pm with plenty of time for questions. For further information contact Barbara Waters at the Manning Valley Historical Museum on 6553 5823 or email mvhsmuseum@internode.on.net.

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