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Tracing your First World War ancestor


The anniversary of the First World War has generated considerable interest in the period, especially for those who are descended from men and women who served.

To coincide with History Week, local researcher Gregory Maunsell will provide a guide for people wishing to trace Australian soldiers of the First World War. Greg has extensive experience through researching the soldiers of the Breakfast Point War Memorial. He has shared his knowledge of online resources through a webpage WWI Family History Research.

Greg will be sharing his research experience at Concord Library on Tuesday, 16 September at 1pm. Bookings can be made at Concord Library or online.

The photograph shows members of the 45 Australian Infantry Battalion prior to the attack on Messines Ridge, Belgium in 1917. Lieutenant Joseph (Joe) Kirman MM MC (back row, 8th from the left) was from Abbotsford. The photograph is held by the Australian War Memorial (C04454, a digital copy is also held by City of Canada Bay with permission of the AWM).

Trace your family history


City of Canada Bay Library Service provides access to two important databases for people wishing to trace their family history, Ancestry and Find My Past.

To coincide with Family History Month, Heather Garnsey of the Society of Australian Genealogists will be giving an informative talk to help family history researchers. The talk is aimed at current users of Ancestry and Find My Past who would like to enhance their search skills and use these databases to greater effect.

The talk will be held at Concord Library on Tuesday, 27 August 2013.

The photograph shows John and Amanda Jane Smith with their children at Mortlake. Behind their home looms one of the AGL (Australian Gas Light Company) Gas Storage Tanks. John Smith was an engineer, born in Kent, who came to Australia to install a new stoking machine at AGL. After serving 15 years with AGL he operated the Petersham Hotel for a period before returning to AGL where he worked until his death in 1927.