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Members Awards

Geraldton Family History Society Inc.

Certificates of Membership & Appreciation awarded to Liz Kelly, Jessie Lowrie, Lyn Diepeveen & Jenny MacKay

The Geraldton Family History Society Inc. held its AGM on Saturday 13th August. A big thank you to those members who took on positions to keep the society running.

President: Jenny MacKay
Vice President: Cynthia Parkes
Secretary: Melody Cartwright
Treasurer & Magazine Editor: Lyn Diepeveen
Librarian: Liz Kelly
Committee: Lyn Patten, Nicole Edwards, Geraldine Harris, Delma Attrill
Library Helpers: Aileen Symington, Marilyn Rosser, Lyn Patten, Josie Elphick
Website & Email Research: Shirley Brown & Melody Cartwright


August 17, 2011 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

E-history takes Genealogy online

Members of the Geraldton Family History Society Inc. Melody Cartwright and Lyn Diepeveen were recently interviewed for Family History Week by the ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt radio station. Read the article and listen to the audio HERE.

Geraldton Family History Society Inc

Melody Cartwright in the library of the Geraldton Family History Society at The Residency, Marine Terrace, Geraldton

August 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment


Congratulations MIDWEST ANCESTRY on 100th issue in June 2011. Special thanks are extended to contributors over the years and to those members who gave their time and skills to producing our publication.

According to the history compiled by inaugural and Life Member, Jessie Lowrie, the ‘newsletter’ was the brainchild of Jenny MacKay and commenced as a one sheet monthly in 1990. No Editor is formally named during the early years and the number of issues varied from 8 to 10 per year and with contributions from members and others were typed and distributed by Jenny.

In August 1992 Ken Stewart was named as Editor and set up the basic format and formal numbering system starting with issue No 29
(previous sheets having been allocated a no.)and in 1993 the GFHS Newsletter became a quarterly publication. Mitchell & Brown and local Politicians sponsored printing and an ISSN no was allocated.

Ken Stewart was editor for Issues 29 to 41 and in 1994 the newsletter was jointly edited by Ian Drake and John Mellors (issues 42 to45). Two issues 46/47 were edited by Ken Stewart in 1995 and then Brian Kings took over in Sept for two years to Sept1997 (issues48 to56). Issue 56 was the first to be named MIDWEST ANCESTRY. Jenny MacKay was responsible for Issue 57 in Dec 1997 and Melody Cartwright for issues 58 to 65 –in 1998 and 1999.

2000-June 2002, Nos. 66 to 73 – Jenny MacKay and Midwest Ancestry changed to three issues per year. Oct 2002-June 2003,  Nos.74-76 Bernie Hayes Oct 2003, No. 77 Vince O’Dea. Feb, June 2005 Nos 81, 82 Michelle Shackleton. Feb 2004 – Oct 2005, Nos. 78 -83 Bob Pozzi Feb 2008 – June 2011 Nos. 90-100 Lyn Diepeveen. After a trial in 2009 Midwest Ancestry became an e-publication in 2010.

August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

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