Letters to the Editor
Tracing your family history is rewarding, exciting and sometimes challenging.
   Genealogy has many different aspects and there are probably just as many different viewpoints about most of them, so there should always be lots to write about.
   We want to know about your experiences, your reactions to new products, new legislation, new fads, whether recent or proposed changes are for the better or not … in fact, we want to know what you think about everything connected with genealogy!
   Everyone is welcome to write to us, or respond to letters, and the writer of the Letter of the Month wins a prize generously provided by Unlock the Past.

June 2017 Letters

Back Issues
I have been a subscriber for quite a few years and have always kept my copies of the magazine as I tend to use them as reference books, going back to them for information and ideas.
   I have been researching my family history since 1967. You tend to spend such a lot of time in the past that you almost forget you play a pivotal role in creating your own era of that story.
   I managed to get my book almost to publication stage when many years of Parkinsons Disease caught up with me! Now I spend many hours re–reading my AFTC magazines. I am so glad I kept them!
                                                                                                                        Wendy L Cruse, Tasmania

Catherine Couch mysteries
I attended the NZSG Canterbury Branch monthly meeting this morning and was told that my story about Catherine Couch had been published in your April/May issue of AFTC. This was received with great acclamation and then to be told I had won a prize was a bit overwhelming.
   Others there were very excited for me, but most of all my family and I are very grateful that you published this story, as it had taken a long time to hunt out. Thank you very much for this.
   My present story is about a convict/horse dealer in Melbourne relative but this will be a bit longer. I have started it but it will be a while yet before it is finished.
   Once again many thanks.                                                                                  Alister McKenzie by email

Catalina Conference Centre
Our interest in your magazine is that of myself: a dedicated reader and 40 years of besotted genealogy; himself: a dedicated supporter of myself!
   We retired from business in 2011, and have since purchased and refurbished the WWII RAAF Base Hospital (Catalina PBY flying boats) at Rathmines NSW.
   The building is now a function centre for self–catered events, and one of our target markets is folk who would love to have a family reunion and spend the week or weekend being together. Motels are not suitable, hotels are stuffy/boring and not suited to all ages meeting together and enjoying fun times in such a beautiful setting as that on the shores of Lake Macquarie near Newcastle.
   You are most welcome to visit our website and see for yourself – large meeting room, cosy lounges, boardroom with large display tables, self–catering or order in meals, and all of this on one level: no steps, wheelchair friendly, rooms for families and singles, and parkland to wander in, etc – Catalina Conference Centre
   As you can see from the website, we are a registered charity and just want to help others.
   Kind regards
                                                                                                           Heather and David Hagen by email


Your views on these – or any other genealogy topic – are most welcome

Letters to the Editor
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