History buffs will be encouraged to uncover the family secrets at a workshop running as part of the Orange Readers and Writers Festival.
Workshop co-facilitar Liz Edwards will delve into her experience researching her family history and what she has learnt about Orange's well-known Dalton clan.
Ms Edwards said she'll talk attendees through what sources are available, including newspapers and historical archives.
The talk will also touch on how to use all the information the research uncovers to properly construct a book.
"There's often lots of people to fit into the right places," she said.
"It can be quite a daunting task to get it right."
Ms Edwards said her experience has taught her that some people's stories aren't as honorable as family members would hope.
"There are certainly good people and bad people. My Great Great Grandfather just seemed to disappear," she said.
"He abandoned his family to head to Australia."
The workshop will also include a presentation from Associate Professor Tanya Evans, who will invite guests to discuss their work on family history, local history, memory and material culture.
Ms Evans has asked all participant to bring along one object to talk about in relation to their family or local history.
Attendees will discuss how these might be interpreted and how they can be used to tell family stories in creative and innovative ways.
The workshop, Memory Research and the Family Historian with the History Council of NSW, will run from 10.30am - 2.30pm on August 2 in the West Room, next door to Orange City Library.
Tickets are $15 for History Council of NSW members, $20 for non-members. Book online through www.orangewinerfirefestival.com.au or call the library on 6393 8132.
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