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Date and time: 28 Jan 2021 1:10 PM

Breaking News


QFHS Library and Resource Centre

Our Library and Resource Centre will



on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 10:00 am

Members and visitors are not required to wear facemasks,
but please adhere to the 2 square metre rule.

Details here


Special Offer

Access to some of our datasets will be available to everyone
during the holiday season.
No login required.

Queensland Cemetery Collection

from midnight, 31 December 2020, until midnight, 3 January 2021.

 ‘Special New Membership Offer’

New Members can join the Society without paying the joining fee
until midnight, 31 January 2021.

Discount code 20XMAS20

Please note: All quoted times are Queensland time (AEST)

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QFHS Queensland Family Historian Editorial Team

 Runner-up in the 2020 Nick Vine Hall Award

The Nick Vine Hall Award is made annually to member societies
for the best family history journal/newsletter in 
Australia and New Zealand.

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 The Queensland Family Historian Editor, Lyndal Cosgrove,

with QFHS President, Chris Gibbs.

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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.

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Lyndal Cosgrove

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


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.


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

Four New Railway Databases

Consolidated Index to the Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919

An index of 124,395 entries to Notices in the Queensland Government Gazette between 1859 and 1919.

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.

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

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…

New Zealand sources

Presenter: Sarah Hewitt

When: Friday, 16 April 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

New Zealand sources

New Zealand Society of Genealogists Board member, Sarah Hewitt, will present an overview of the records available to find your …


Crafting genealogical proof

Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

When: Friday, 30 April 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Crafting genealogical proof

An introduction to 'the what', 'the why', and 'the how' of writing a genealogical proof statement, summary, or argument.



Convicts at Moreton Bay: Beyond the Chro…

Presenter: Jan Richardson

When: Friday, 14 May 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Convicts at Moreton Bay: Beyond the Chronological Register of Prisoners

Moreton Bay was a formidable place of secondary punishment where convicts were re-transported from 1824 to 1839 after committi…



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