Family History Fridays

Dee Why Library staff member Michael Houstone with Alan Wright (L-R) 

Dee Why Library staff member Michael Houstone with Alan Wright (L-R) 

Delve into your family’s history with help from experienced volunteers at Dee Why Library on Family History Fridays.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the program, which runs from 10am to 4pm on Fridays starting February 2 through to the end of the year, proved enormously popular in its first year and organisers are anticipating similar success in 2018.

“This innovative program has had great results in helping locals find out about and connect with their family history,” Mayor Regan said.

Local resident and Vietnam veteran Alan Wright knew almost nothing about his family history before attending the council library initiative.

Alan’s search, that started with a single birth certificate, led to him locating a 91-year-old cousin he didn’t know existed and WWI medals awarded to his ancestors which he plans to wear at future ANZAC Day marches.

He also traced records back to his great-great-great-grandfather and compiled a huge folder of historical documents, including photographs, about his family. He now spends two days a week at the library making the most of its free access to online ancestry research tools and says he would love to do a course in family history research to help others.

Bookings are essential for Family History Fridays. Call 9942 2610 to request a one-hour session with a volunteer or visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/library for more information.


Dee Why Library
725 Pittwater Rd,
Dee Why NSW 2099