Family History Week at the State Library

Unidentified family portrait

Unidentified family portrait, example of an ambrotype [069321PD] Do you recognise these people? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

National Family History Week is being celebrated at the State Library from Wednesday 1 August to Friday 3 August. There will be tours, digital scanner training and talks on topics such as getting started with your family history, choosing genealogy software, pensioner guards, research in India, electronic historic newspapers, Ancestry, Findmypast and more. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced family history researcher you are sure to learn something new!
Experienced volunteers from the WA Genealogical Society will also be available each day to help you get started or overcome those brick walls. See our full program and information on how to book at What’s On – National Family History Week.

Family History talk on Wednesday 7 March

Some of the family history journals held in the Genealogy Centre

On Wednesday 7 March there will be a family history talk, Pathways to the Past: Family History for Beginnersby Leonie Hayes, one of the SLWA Family History Subject Specialists.

Come along if you are new to family history or feel you need a refresher. There will also be a tour of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library on the same day.

For more details, including how to book, please visit our Family History Learning page.

Family history talks on Thursday 9 February

We will be offering two free family history talks at the State Library on Thursday 9 February as part of our Learning program.

Black and White and Read All Over looks at some of the wonderful digitised historic newspapers available through Trove and the Library’s e-resources. Many of these are also available for you to use from home as members of the State Library.

Fantastic Websites is exactly that – a look at some of our favourite family history websites from around the world. Many of them will be familiar to you but you may discover some gems!

For bookings please phone 9427 3111 and visit our Family History Learning page for further details of these and other courses.

More than just Google – free workshops at the State Library

SEaK – Search Engage and Know
Do you feel lost on the information highway?
Don’t know where to start looking for information?
Feel intimidated by the library or the internet?

The State Library has a range of free, practical hands-on workshops where you can improve your research skills and get internet search tips and tricks. All sessions are designed to give you a head start in uncovering the wealth of information available in the Library’s collections and online.

For full details visit the State Library website.

State Library & WAAPA Free Lunchtime Concerts

State Library & WAAPA Free Lunchtime Concerts

Fridays @ 12.30pm
31 July- 4 September 2009
State Library Theatre

Be entertained on Friday lunchtimes during the City of Perth Winter Arts Season as WAAPA’s talented staff and students perform a series of free concerts and performances. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear Perth’s upcoming stars of the music world.
Bookings not required.

31 July
Piano Pieces: exquisite piano music from across the ages.
Directed by David Wickham
7 August
Vocal Showcase: classical vocal students sing Lieder to Broadway.
Directed by Patricia Price
14 August
Chamber strings: intimate classical music for chamber strings.
Directed by Peter Tanfield.
21 August
WAAPA Big Band: an electrifying explosion of sound.
Directed by Adrian Kelly
28 August
Big Funk Band: classic 60’s through to cutting edge funk.
Directed by Ric Eastman
4 September
Latin Ensemble: the hot sounds of samba, rumba and bossa nova.
Directed by Chris Tarr

See What’s On at the State Library