MoneySmart Week

Next week is MoneySmart Week, which aims to encourage people to get financial affairs in order.

NSW Trustee & Guardian Blacktown is encouraging people to drop in on September 6 to make make their will and power of attorney.

"Wills and Powers of Attorney documents are everyday legal documents all Australian adults should have in place and yet 46 per cent of people in NSW do not have a will and 67 per cent don't have a power of attorney," branch manager Elizabeth Madden said.

NSW Trustee & Guardian Blacktown is on the first floor, 30 Campbell Street, Blacktown.

Bookings essential: 1300 364 103.

Free family searches

This month is National Family History Month.

Anyone can kick-start their family history search with free resources available from NSW State Records.

"We have the largest collection of records relating to the history of NSW and the lives of its people, with records dating back to the First Fleet," Western Sydney State Records Centre director Geoff Hinchcliffe said.

"Whether it is just accessing photos, researching a name or place, or starting to trace the family tree, I urge the community to use Family History Month as an opportunity to celebrate the legacy left by their ancestors."

The biggest repository in NSW, the State Records Centre, Kingswood, holds more than 500 kilometres of paper records including maps, plans, volumes and files.