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Qld Stations: Escott Station, Normanton, 1911; Auburn Station, Taroom. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 17 May 2021 3:27 AM

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

Our Future

Possible Amalgamation - Information Sessions

On Friday, 7 May and Saturday 8 May 2021, your Society held two information sessions about possible amalgamation with the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ). One session was held on Zoom and the other in-room, with the same information presented at each. The in-room session was held at the Queensland Baptist Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne.

Your Society invited members to present cases for or against amalgamation. Three cases were presented against amalgamation and three cases were presented for amalgamation. There are available on the QFHS/GSQ Amalgamation - Discussion Papers page of our website.

Thank you to everyone who came along to these information session and earlier sessions. You can find more information, including some of the questions and answers from the first session, here and more is still to come.

Chris Gibbs


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. 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.

Whats New

April 2021

February 2021

Four Railway Databases

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

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's online family history resou…

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Saturday, 29 May 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Queensland's online family history resources

Although Australia has been a federation of states since 1901, most aspects of people’s lives are documented at the state level, …


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…


Where's Wallace? Finding lost places in …

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Friday, 18 June 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Where's Wallace? Finding lost places in Queensland

When we research our family history, we often encounter place names that we cannot find on a modern map.

Many places in Queensl…


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…


The Australian Joint Copying Project in …

Presenter: Carmel Galvin

When: Friday, 20 August 2020 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

The Australian Joint Copying Project in Trove: Using the digitised collections

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical documents relating to Australia and other former Brit…



Presenter: Chris Schuetz

When: Friday, 3 September 2020 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am


Where did surnames come from?

What different types are there?

How can knowledge of surnames help you research your famil…



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