John Graham.
John Graham.

Aid to find ancestors

IF you are into family history, be at the South Tweed Sports Club on July 6.

Former head of the Sydney Dead Persons Society, John Graham, will be speaking on the Ryerson index, a comprehensive yet incomplete record of death notices from 1831.

The index contains obituary, death, funeral and probate notices though does not refer to deaths in news items or accident reports.

Mr Graham said the index was a finding aid, or a “leg-up”, for those curious about their ancestors and the meeting is aimed at finding more volunteer indexers to boost listings.

“I wanted to spread the word about the index to people of the Tweed,” said Mr Graham.

“We’ll have 2.5 million index listings before the talk and 130 volunteers from Cairns to Tasmania.”

South Tweed Sports Club treasurer Marion Kelso said there’s a strong community of family historians on the Tweed.

The meeting is free for members, a gold coin donation for guests, and starts 1.30pm.



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