Orange’s cultural precinct will swarm with family history detectives in September, brushing up on all the latest genealogy skills as Orange hosts the annual NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference.
 
More than 300 family and local historians will attend a series of presentations, workshops and, exhibitions in the Orange Civic Theatre, the Orange City Library the Orange Regional Gallery and the Orange Regional Museum on September 22 to 24. 
 
Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Ron Gander said the conference, Your Family Story: telling, recording and preserving was a coup for the city. 
 
“There will be 350 people booking accommodation, eating at Orange restaurants, cafes and pubs and shopping in the CBD,” Cr Gander said. 
 
“The conference is held in a different city each year and this is the first time it has been put on in Orange. 
 
“It’s wonderful for all of those family history buffs in and around Orange who are able to hear people like actor and writer William McInnes talk about their own research and experiences, and it’s right in our own backyard.”

Central West Libraries Manager Jan Richards said family history groups from across NSW and interstate would descend upon Orange for a program of professional speakers and workshops covering a range of topics from DNA and copyright to preserving history, how to accurately date photos and telling stories through food. 

 “We’re delighted to present a wide ranging program with experts in the fields of telling, recording and preserving your family history,” Ms Richards said.

“Highlights include the keynote address by William McInnes, female convict stories, gaolbird ancestors, using food to tell the family story and dating family portraits using fashion.” 

To attend the conference and workshop program delegates must register online but there is a Family History Fair, on Friday September 22 at Orange City Library for free. 
The fair includes the family history societies from across the state and interstate as well as various suppliers. 

For information, the program and registration go to   https://yourfamilystoryinorange.wordpress.com/
The early bird discount for tickets closes on Monday 3rd July.