Amateur researchers, historians and people interested in learning more about the past will be given a unique insight in Orange next month.
The Royal Australian Historical Society is holding a regional seminar with Central West Libraries.
It will cover historical records relating to land titles, discovering the secrets cemeteries can reveal and how to use Trove, the National Library of Australia's free online database.
Speakers include Judith Dunn who has written eight books, with five on the Parramatta Cemeteries.
She will highlight how cemeteries can provide information about the local area and community history.
RAHS general manager Suzanne Holohan said Trove was among research tools available to help people study the past and the seminar would provide people with information about how they could use it and other resources.
"Trove is making it easier for people to engage [in research]," she said.
We want to empower people to tell their own stories.Suzanne Holohan, general manager Royal Australian Historical Society
Ms Holohan said researchers also needed to understand where their study were based.
"Nothing beats your feet on the ground and the physical connection to the place," she said.
"We want to empower people to tell their own stories. The best stories come from the ground up.
"I think people are aware but it is constantly changing. There are new things coming online."
Ms Holohan said they were hoping to attract about 60 people to the seminar at the Orange Ex-Services' Club on Saturday March 14 from 9.30am-3pm.
Novice researcher Jane Silvester said she would attend as the seminar would provide her with more tools to undertake family history studies and research into "our business, the East Orange Post Office."
She said the access Trove provided to old newspaper files was invaluable.
"Trove, I believe, is just the best asset ever," she said.
Mrs Silvester said being able to conduct online research was valuable when people did not live near major libraries in Canberra and Sydney.
The seminar costs $20 which includes lunch and snacks.
To book for the Orange Regional Seminar go to the RAHS websiteor call 9247 8001.
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