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Ships: Toowomba; Hinemoa. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 02 Dec 2020 1:20 AM

 Congratulations Clipart 6905

Lyndal Cosgrove 

2020 QFHS Services to Family History Award

This is presented annually to QFHS members who have made a significant contribution to family history.

Lyndal is the editor of the Queensland Family Historian, a member of the QFHS Management Committee, and Speaker Coordinator for the Members' Meetings.

 Chistmas 2020 

We wish all our members and friends a

            very merry Christmas


      good things to come in 2021


Please Note;

Our annual festive season closure.

Our Library and Resource Centre will

close on Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 3:00 pm


reopen on Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021 at 10:00 am.  


Sue Reid - our newest Fellow

Sue Reid has been admitted as a
Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society.
This is the highest honour the Society can bestow.

Sue has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of the Society.
Her dependable leadership, knowledge, supportive engagement and
hard work have delivered substantial and ongoing benefits.

Congratulations Sue and thank you for your exemplary service to our Society.

 Presentation of QFHS 

Pre-Separation Group Certificate
21 October 2020

Conley Pre Sep
Lynora Conley presented with her certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain 
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group) 
Costin Pre Sep
 Ian Costin presented with his certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain 
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group) 

We're open on Wednesday too!

Our Library and Resource Centre is open with limited capacity and reduced hours.

Bookings are now open.

You must let us know you are coming by emailing  visit@qfhs.org.au and advising:

  • the day of your visit

  • your name

  • member number, and

  • if you will use a computer or microform reader during your visit.

Please do not come if you feel unwell.

New hours

Tuesdays                10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesdays           10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursdays              12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturdays                1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2nd and 3rd Monday of month

                                 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are following Queensland Government guidelines for a library.

The number of people able to be in the Library and Resource Centre at any one time is limited.

All social distancing and sanitising requirements apply.

Our library has changed; read details of how you can return.


A number of our presentations are being offered on weekends

Check the offerings here.

Fridays@QFHS are now being offered online

Check the offerings here.

Access from home for QFHS members

During the COVID-19 lockdown


Ancestry Library Edition

 Findmypast 1


More information here.


More information here

Irish Ancestors

John Grenham has generously provided access to
Irish Ancestors


And, do not forget



QFHS and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our Library and Resource Centre has re-opened. If you are not yet comfortable attending the library in person you can visit online.

Members can:

  • Contact askqfhs@qfhs.org.au with your research queries and requests for assistance

  • Come to our many interest group meetings and events now being held online

  • View our Online Access materials, with more datasets, information pieces and presentations being added each week

  • Use Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, TheGenealogist, Irish Ancestors at home

  • Receive our special Snippets monthly with plenty of ideas to help your family history activities

We’ll keep you posted on any further changes. Do please take care in these extraordinary times.

Whats New

Queensland Unclaimed Letters Index 1860-1874

An index to all 202,473 names in the monthly lists of Unclaimed Letters published in the Queensland Government Gazette between 1860 and 1874.

Queensland Early Pioneers Index 1824-1859

The index contains 156,760 references to approximately 50,000 names, taken from 75 sources located in Brisbane.

Queensland Land Records 1856-1859

This index is a supplement to the land records indexed in the Queensland Early Pioneers Index 1824-1849 and includes the remaining unindexed records relating to titles, covering the period 1856-1859.

Miscellaneous Records of the Moreton Bay Region 1855-1859

The records indexed are mainly judicial records: Brisbane Gaol, Courts of Petty Sessions, Circuit Court, Toowoomba and Police Office, Drayton.

Moreton Bay Supreme Court Records 1857-1859

This index includes the names of people involved in civil and criminal matters, also other people mentioned in connection with the matter.

Early Queensland Electoral Rolls 1860-1884 and 1889

Provided by courtesy of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society

Queensland Police Gazette Index 1864-1884

An index to 102,302 names and aliases mentioned in the Queensland Police Gazette including witnesses, victims, suspected offenders and others.

Commonwealth Electoral Roll (Tasmania) 1916

More than 135,000 electors in Tasmania registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1916

The Army Index 1787

A full index to The Army List, 1787, published by the War-Office on 15 Feb 1787.  9,516 names are indexed including 4,200 officers on half-pay.

Persons called before Queensland Government committees 1860-1920 (no login required)

Includes civil servants, miners, farmers, graziers, labourers, railway employees, publicans, builders, seaman, clergyman and police. Copyright State Library of Queensland (2019) and released under CC-BY-3.0 licence.

Global Keyword Search

Search all our datasets in one easy action.

Go ahead and try it. Enter your keyword. e.g. surname, given name, place name, occupation. If you are searching on more than one term, separate your keywords by a space or an asterisk. Read About Global Keyword Searching at the top of the search box for more hints.


Do you have a quick family history or genealogy question?

Our new “Ask QFHS” service will connect you with one of our panel of experienced members to help. For example, help with:

  • Finding out how to use a particular website or resource

  • Understanding an unfamiliar term or phrase in a record

  • Get recommendations for where to find records

  • and more…

Email askqfhs@qfhs.org.au and find out how we can help.


See more of our news
on our News Page

QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Overseas newspapers for family history r…

Presenter: Sue Reid

When: Friday, 11 December 2020 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Overseas newspapers for family history research

Please note: This session will be delivered online.

Register using Eventbrite. Details of how to join the session will be se…


Putting your ancestors in their place: t…

Presenter/s: Dr Janet Few

When: Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Putting your ancestors in their place: ten steps to a one place study

Family historians normally focus on their own direct ancestors, but these ancestors did not live in isolation. They had neighbour…


Findmypast Library Edition: available re…

Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke

When: Friday, 12 February 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Findmypast Library Edition: available records and how best to search them

Queensland Family History Society currently has a worldwide subscription to Findmypast, featuring predominately records from Bri…


Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter/s: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 15 February weekly for six weeks

Finding your family: a beginners course in research

This event will be delivered online.

This six week course will be very comprehensive for someone wanting to start researching …


Researching convict ancestors: Delving i…

Presenter: Jan Richardson

When: Friday, 26 February 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Researching convict ancestors: Delving into NSW and Tasmanian records

Finding out that you have a convict ancestor is an exciting discovery, not only because they are considered 'Australian royalty…


The 1939 Register: why is it invaluable?…

Presenter/s: Dr Penny Walters

When: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The 1939 Register: why is it invaluable?

The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced.

The Reg…


Building research trees at Ancestry

Presenter: Christine Woodlands

When: Friday, 12 March 2021 - 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Building research trees at Ancestry
An essential tool for solving your DNA dilemmas is quickly building ancestral tress for your genetic cousins.  In this session, w…


If you are not a member of QFHS, you are welcome to join our Snippets mailing list.

Registering will deliver Snippets straight to your inbox. Send your name, address, and preferred email to Snippets

You can view recent editions of Snippets here.