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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: 11 Apr 2021 2:53 PM

QFHS Library and Resource Centre - Opening Hours


12:00 pm -  3:00 pm
  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

Please check here for exceptions to opening hours.
Members and visitors are not required to wear facemasks, but please adhere to the 2 square metre rule. Details here

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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

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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

April 2021

February 2021

Four 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.

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

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 …


Editing and indexing your family history…

Presenter: Jennie Fairs

When: Friday, 23 April 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Editing and indexing your family history book

Are you writing up your family history? Whether you plan on publishing your material online, as an e-book or fully printed hard …


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 committin…


Bringing your ancestors to life: triumph…

Presenter: Clem Ditton, Dr Geoff Morgan, Ludij Peden, Sue Reid

When: Friday, 28 May 2021 - 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Bringing your ancestors to life: triumphs and trials of publishing a family history

Have you ever wanted to write a family history book? Maybe you are in the process of writing.

In preparing a book for physic…


Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Quee…

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Sunday, 6 June 2021 - 10.00 am - 12.30 pm (with a short tea-break)

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Queensland geography

This will be delivered online. 


Researching your relatives in Western Au…

Presenter: Neil Bradley

When: Friday, 11 June 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Researching your relatives in Western Australia

Neil's presentation highlights the key websites to use to discover information about your Western Australian  ancestors and rel…


Researching in Victoria: tips, tricks, a…

Presenter: Susie Zada

When: Friday, 9 July 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Researching in Victoria: tips, tricks, and good advice

There are, of course, similarities between researching in different States and Territories in Australia but there are also many d…


Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter/s: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 12 July 2021 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 t…



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You can view recent editions of Snippets here.