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Automobiles: Brisbane, 1905; Unidentified family. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 20 Sep 2021 11:12 AM

Whats New

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.

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 

(This book is available on the QFHS website. Select the book title above.)

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

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




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.

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.


See more of our news
on our News Page

QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

The Internet Archive

Presenter: Michelle Patient

When: Friday, 24 September 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

 The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is an invaluable research tool within which many echoes from our past are stored. This often overlooked o…


History of Brisbane trams and their cont…

Presenter: Robert Thompson

When: Friday, 8 October 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

History of Brisbane trams and their contribution to Brisbane’s development

Come along to hear about the introduction of trams to Brisbane in the 1880s, part of Brisbane's social heritage. The development …


Where's Wallace? Finding lost places in …

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Sunday, 14 November 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…


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)

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Queensland geography

This will be delivered online. 


A history of calendars for the genealogi…

Presenter: Jenny Joyce

When: Friday, 12 November 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

A history of calendars for the genealogist

Have you ever wondered how a child, whose parents were married on 10 April 1603, could be baptized on 13 March 1603 and yet that …


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 t…



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