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South Sea Islanders: Harvesting sugar cane, Innisfail, 1903; Guiding a horsedrawn wagon, Hambledon, 1890. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 28 Nov 2021 3:39 AM

Gift Memberships now available  $70


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.

Reid S B C 

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.


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Leanne Donovan 

2021 QFHS Services to Family History Award

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

Leanne Donovan is the Society's Membership Secretary, a role which demonstrates

her exemplary administrative and people skills. Leanne also manages QFHS book sales. Leanne is known for her dependability and friendly manner.

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 Xmas 2021

We wish all our members and friends a

Happy Christmas
and a
Wonderful New Year.

Our Library and Resource Centre will close on

Saturday, 11 December 2021 at 3:00 pm

and reopen on 

Monday, 10 January 2022 at 6:00 pm

Our newest Pre-Separation Group members

Welcome to our newest Special Interest Group


Family Historian Software User Group 

 Important Information

Sunday Closure

The QFHS Library and Resource Centre will no longer be open on Sunday.

The last Sunday opening was Sunday 31 October 2021 

Whats New

October 2021

New Monumental Inscriptions: Darling Downs and South-West Queensland

August 2021

QSPI7 is here

July 2021

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 Library and Resource Centre - Opening Hours


  6:00 pm -  9:00 pm  (2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month only.)
10:00 am -  3:00 pm
10:00 am -  3:00 pm
10:00 am -  3:00 pm
10:00 am -  3:00 pm

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

during the COVID-19 pandemic


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry will be ceasing this service on
31 December 2021

Ancestry will be avaialble at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre only 


More information here

Irish Ancestors

John Grenham has generously provided access to
Irish Ancestors


And, do not forget




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Findmypast ceased this service on
18 November 2021

Findmypast will be avaialble at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre only 

QFHS Management Committee 2021­–2022

President: Kevin Haley

Vice President: Chris Schuetz 

Secretary: Elaine Eager

Treasurer: Doug Eager 

Committee Members:    
Lyndal Cosgrove    Clem Ditton     Lyn Hooper   
 Eric Kopittke Sue Reid  

QFHS and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our Library and Resource Centre has re-opened. Guidelines for visiting safely at present are here. 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.


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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 Queensland Family History Society Inc.
is an ACNC Registered Charity

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QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Quee…

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Sunday, 28 November 2021 - 10.00 am - 12.30 pm (with a short tea-break) AEST (No daylight saving)

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Queensland geography

This will be delivered online. 


Australian biographical sources you shou…

Presenter: Sue Reid

When: Friday, 10 December 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Australian biographical sources you should know about

Biographies can enrich our research, providing ready-made information for us to include in our family history. All sorts of biog…


Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter/s: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 14 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 …


Getting the most out of the Tasmanian Na…

Presenter: Jan Richardson

When: Friday, 11 February 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Getting the most out of the Tasmanian Names Index

A huge volume of Tasmanian records have been digitised and are available via the Tasmanian Names Index website. Births, marriage,…


Furthering your family history studies

Presenter: Guest presenters

When: Friday, 18 February 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Furthering your family history studies

If you are considering doing a course to continue your family history studies, then come talk to our panel of experts and discus…


Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Se…

Presenter: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

When: Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST No daylight saving

Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Session 1

Do you have some favourite family recipes from your childhood or an old handwritten cookbook handed down from Mum or Grandma?



Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Se…

Presenter: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

When: Tuesday, 15 March 2022 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST No daylight saving

Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Session 2

Emma and Sonia will cover how to record and organise your stories, recipes and images.

They will look at your examples, advi…


Methodologies: researching, organising, …

Presenter: Clem Ditton and Ludij Peden

When: Friday, 25 March 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Methodologies: researching, organising, assessing, evaluating with a view to writing.

Are you thinking of writing a family history?

Do you want to know how and where to start?

Do you know if you have done e…


The Huguenots: the almost-forgotten peop…

Presenter: Robert Nash

When: Saturday, 23 July 2022 - 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

The Huguenots: the almost-forgotten people

The Huguenots were the Protestants of France. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, they suffered severe perse…



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