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Families: Byrne family; Scott family. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 06 Feb 2023 12:47 PM

 Temporary Closure

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The Research Centre will be closed from 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 January 2023, and will re-open at 10:00 am on Tuesday 7 February, 2023 while the Brisbane City Council replaces the roof and guttering, and installs insulation.
The monthly Members Meeting on Monday 6 February, at 1:00 pm will now be an online event only.  All other events planned for the period in question are online only.


We apologise for the short notice, but the timing was beyond our contol.
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Now Open

Family History Research Centre

We are delighted to announce our new 

Family History Research Centre 

46 Delaware St Chermside

is now open.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Thursday           10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday                         10:00 am - 3:00 pm

There is plenty of off-street parking.

While both our street address and postal address have changed, our phone number remains the same. 

Our new facility is ready; our Library Assistants have completed their orientation training.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Chermside or Geebung?

There can be some confusion as we are located in 7th Brigade Park which Brisbane City Council identifies as Chermside but our neighbours on the other side of Delaware St have addresses in Geebung. You will find us opposite 47 Delaware Street, Geebung and almost at the intersection of Waring Street and Delaware Street, Geebung. 


Services to Family History Award


Dr Kerry Raymond
The winner of the 2022 Award for Services to Family History
Dr Kerry Raymond

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Talking about...Riding the Railways


Wednesday, 22 February 2023

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Let's go rocking rolling riding out along the bay, all bound for Morningtown many miles away!

Join us to discuss when rail was Australia's premier form of long-distance travel and how it has impacted on our family history as a source of jobs, as a means of transport, or as a holiday experience.

Join Lyndal Cosgrove to share and discuss railways. Don't overfill your virtual cup of tea or it will slop as we sway with the train.

A 'Talking About' session is a discussion group where everyone is expected to contribute through sharing their knowledge and experience, through asking questions and/or giving opinions and answers. It is not a presentation. It is open to all levels of experience, no question is too silly to ask.

Note: This event is held in QLD time, AEST: no daylight saving. (GMT+10)

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Caloundra Family History Research

Call Out To Past Members

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Caloundra Family History Research group in May this year, we are embarking on a project to record the group’s history. Our aim is to finish and present this important record at our anniversary celebration.

To achieve our goal, Caloundra Family History Research needs your help. We are inviting former members of our group, or if you know of a former member, to please contact us so that we can record your reminiscences. We are happy to conduct interviews or we will accept written accounts of your memories.

We have a rich history and we envisage showcasing our growth, activities, research, stories, library, special interest groups, and guest speakers. Stories from our past members would greatly enrich our 30th anniversary history book.

More information and contact details.

Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7 - new items added!

A further 278,000 entries have just been added to the online Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7 database.

The additional data includes names from 202 schools – all excepting two schools from admission registers. The schools include both large and small from across Queensland – including a number of very large schools such as Aspley SS, Balmoral SHS, Burleigh Heads SS, and Bundaberg Central SS, smaller schools such as Boulia SS, Bli Bli SS, Bowen SS, and Cairns Central Infants SS and other very small schools such as Buckland SS, Cassowary SS, Cockatoo Creek SS, and Fortune’s Crossing SS.

Check the uploaded List of schools for all those marked “new” to find out all the 202 schools that have had records added.

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Whats New

November 2022

Did you know that you can search the

Queensland Family Historian Names Index 1979-2022.

This Index is updated after every new edition and our journal is available online.


The QFHS Books Name Accumulation Index has passed 304,351 names. 

This index contains names of early Queensland families across a variety of areas.

Just a few of titles recently indexed from the Print Library shelves are as follows:

  • Brisbane then & now
  • Dairies and daydreams : the Mudgeeraba story
  • Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery : our backyard Vol 1
  • Wild heart, bountiful land : an historical overview of the Mary River Valley
  • Windsor wakens: residents and notables of the 1860s

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.

QFHS members can access The Genealogist, My Heritage, and Irish Ancestors from home




More information here

Irish Ancestors


John Grenham has generously provided access to
Irish Ancestors



And, do not forget



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.


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QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Newspapers Advanced Searching

Presenter: Sue Reid

When: Friday, 10 February 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Newspapers Advanced Searching

How good is it to research our family and associates using online newspapers? Of course, but can we be sure that we can find all …


Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 13 February 2023 weekly for six weeks - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST (GMT+10) No daylight saving

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 …


Introduction to media conversion

Presenter: Library Staff

When: Friday, 17 February 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.00 am AEST

Introduction to media conversion

By special arrangement with Chermside Library

Are you interested in converting your photographs, videos, cassettes, film negat…


Talking about ... Riding the Railways

Presenter: Lyndal Cosgrove

When: Wednesday, 22 February 2023 - 10.00 am - 12 noon

Talking about ... Riding the Railways


Finding your Masonic History: A Journey …

Presenter: VW Brother Brodie Taylor CSM

When: Friday, 10 March 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Finding your Masonic History: A Journey through the Masonic State Archive, Library, and Museum of Queensland.

Traversing the world of Freemasonry can be complicated and mysterious. The largest and oldest Fraternal Organisation, Freemasonr…


Talking about ... Royal Connections

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesay, 22 March 2023 - 10.00 am - 12 noon

Talking about ... Royal Connections


Using signatures to identify families

Presenter: Eric Kopittke

When: Friday, 14 April 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

Using signatures to identify families
When a young immigrant couple from Sussex married in Queensland in 1883, they listed their places of birth and the names of their…

Talking about ... Town Halls and Schools…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 26 April 2023 - 10.00 am - 12 noon

Talking about ... Town Halls and Schools of Arts


Finding the family farm: Using land reco…

Presenter: Charlotte Sale

When: Friday, 12 May 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

Finding the family farm: Using land records and maps for Queensland pastoral properties

Keen to know when your family first settled in an area? When they acquired the property? Who held it before them? Land records ca…



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