Family history on the move

THE Coffs Harbour and District Family History Society will move into new premises this month and will also host a Cemetery Walk on November 20.

The society will take over a room in the old Rural Fire Service building in Rose Avenue, behind its present premises, with the changeover expected to take place on November 15 and an opening ceremony planned for early December.

The Cemetery Walk with Ruth Morrow will be held on November 20, starting from 1.30pm at the Cemetery Gates, with tea in the Botanic Garden at 3.30pm.

Family History Society member Joy Lane said the last cemetery walk in Family History Week had been successful, with 25-30 people joining in.

“Many people have distant relatives or ancestors in the cemetery,” Mrs Lane said.

“If it is raining on the day there will be an information afternoon with the cemetery CD, books, stories and photographs, but if it is a nice afternoon it will be a pleasant walk – Ruth goes around picking out interesting graves and epitaphs. On the last walk we had a whale of a time reading all kinds of weird and wonderful things.”

Mrs Lane said Coffs Harbour City Council was renovating part of the old Rural Fire Service building and she understood the work was on schedule for the planned move.

Deputy mayor Cr Denise Knight has been invited to be a VIP guest at a short opening ceremony in December.

She said the new space was slightly smaller than the society’s present rooms but council had built them a large lockable cupboard in the common area to store resources and equipment not in daily use.

“The society is growing,” Mrs Lane said.

“We have three computers for general use and we really could do with another one.”

Members pay an annual subscription and the society hosts two seminars every year which usually make a profit.

The society has also been awarded a volunteer small equipment grant which has funded two new computers.

People interested in the Cemetery Walk on November 20 just need to turn up.

For more information contact Ruth Morrow on 6658 1972.

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