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Discover your family history

Explore your family history and learn from local experts during National Family History Month this August.

Eurobodalla Libraries are hosting free workshops and a special book launch with the Moruya and District Historical Society.

Libraries coordinator Samantha Fenton said the book launch will kick off family history month celebrations at Moruya Library on Friday 5 August.

“We’re excited for the launch of Moruya and District Historical Society's latest publication, Bergalia, Meringo, Bingie,” Ms Fenton said.

“Book author Shirley Jurmann, who is a fourth generation Louttit family member and recipient of the Fergus Thomson OAM Heritage Award, will talk about farming communities around the village of Bergalia.”

At Narooma Library, history expert Helen Ryan will present on local history and genealogy while Batemans Bay Library is offering workshops.

“If you’re new to, come along to a workshop and learn how to build a family tree,” Ms Fenton said.

“A second workshop will cover more advanced methods of researching, organising and verification of findings for experienced users.”

For a beginner’s introduction to family history research, members of Moruya and District Historical Society will guide through the first steps at a workshop on Thursday 24 August.

"Our free family history month events are a great opportunity for community members to learn and build upon their interest in local history,” Ms Fenton said.

“If you can’t make it to an event, come and check out our extensive local studies collection or our photo and slide scanners that preserve visual histories.”

For more information and event bookings, visit

Above: Eurobodalla Libraries are hosting five free events to celebrate National Family History Month. To book a spot, visit the libraries webpage.

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