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


Date and time: 25 Jun 2021 12:48 PM

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  
Benjamin Gerard 2021

QFHS Book Award 2021

presented to

Gerard Benjamin

for his book
William & Leonora Monk

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

QFHS Annual General Meeting 

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

Our Future

Proposed Amalgamation with the Genealogical Society of Queensland.

Important news regarding amalgamation discussions

From the 2020-2021 QFHS President

Our Society held the second and third amalgamation Q & A sessions on 7 and 8 May 2021.

The Q & A sessions were well attended with approximately 40 attendees on Friday and 26 attendees on Saturday. A copy of the for and against presentations, and members’ views received after the meeting have been posted on the website.

After the meeting, I received a notice from a group of members requesting a special general meeting. Ironically, it was signed by 22 members, the same number as, in 1979, wanted to form a new organisation, separate from the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ).

At the Management Committee Meeting, 20 May 2021, your Committee discussed both the Q & A meetings and the special general meeting. The Management Committee has agreed that QFHS will cease talks with GSQ regarding amalgamation. The Committee took this decision, because in the absence of acquiring shared premises, amalgamation would not serve the best interests of QFHS members. This decision was not taken lightly.

I have also informed the Management Committee and the members attending Wednesday's Members’ Meeting that I will not be standing for President at our AGM in June 2021.

Chris Gibbs.

QFHS Past President 


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

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…


Discover Scottish Kirk Session Records

Presenter: Chris Paton

When: Tuesday, 31 August 2021 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

Discover Scottish Kirk Session Records

In this session, genealogist Chris Paton will discuss the year's most significant genealogical records release in Scotland, the …


Bringing your ancestors to life II: goin…

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

When: Friday, 30 July 2020 - 10.00 am - 12:00 noon

Bringing your ancestors to life II: going into print

This panel discussion is Part II of Bringing your ancestors to life: triumphs and trials of publishing a family history, whi…


The Ryerson Index: where we are, and whe…

Presenter: John Graham

When: Friday, 27 August 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

The Ryerson Index: where we are, and where we are going?

The has been on the web for more than 22 years, providing a simple method for locating a published death (or simi…



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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