National Family History Month

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will present a photographic display and a morning of Family History discussions to celebrate National Family History Month during August.

On Saturday 19th August 2017 from 10.30am to 12.30pm, special guest speaker Katherine Leighton will recount the story of her search for her birth family, ‘Finding Anne Watkins’, with a major breakthrough coming from Ancestry DNA testing. This talk will be followed by an open forum discussion of Ancestry DNA testing.

“In a world with increasing access to technological advances even Family History research is seeing changes in the way people can find their extended families. National Family History month is a great opportunity to talk to others about this popular new trend in research,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

Guest speaker Katherine Leighton writes that she was born on the 9th January 1961 in Sydney and brought up in Lithgow by her parents Daphne and Bede Leighton, a past editor of The Lithgow Mercury.

Together with her older brother Chris, they had a very happy upbringing.  In 1981 Bede died suddenly and while looking for Bede’s birth certificate, Chris found both his and Katherine’s ‘Order of Adoption’ papers.

Over following decades Katherine used all the information that had become available over the years relentlessly pursue her search, leaving no stone unturned. Join us to be inspired by the outcome of her search, hear the next family rumour to be pursued, and share your own Ancestry DNA stories of discovery.

On display also for August are a series of Ancestor replica photographs taken by David Rawsthorne on location at Eskbank House and Katoomba. The photographs replicate four generations of the direct female ancestor line of Vicki Hartley, a well-known avid family historian and member of the Lithgow Living History Group.

Bookings can be made to attend this free History Talk, which will include light refreshments, by contacting the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

Katherine Leighton

Stephen Lesslie
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Library Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259