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Date and time: 05 Jun 2023 9:18 PM

Irish Interest Group – 20th Anniversary Celebration

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the Irish Interest Group and we have designed a program of activities for us all to celebrate this remarkable achievement on Saturday 24 June.


The day’s celebrations will begin at 10 am with a formal function. We will enjoy a special morning tea together and acknowledge those who have provided leadership and support to the Irish Interest Group over the years. We have some exciting flourishes to unveil.

For those who cannot participate in person, this part of the day’s activities will be available to access on Zoom.

From 11.30 am, the festivities move to marquees outside where a celebration of ‘all things Irish’ with performances, food, competitions, prizes and entertainment will continue until 2.00 pm. 

The event will be held at the Family History Research Centre, 46 Delaware St Chermside and guided tours of the new facility will be conducted throughout the day.

All members of the QFHS community are invited to join us in celebrating the Irish Interest Group’s wonderful milestone and inspecting the Society’s new home in Chermside.

Management Committee 2023-2024

Nominations have been received for the following positions on the Management Committee 2023-2024:     

President Allana O’Kane Proposer: A. O’Kane Seconder: J. Perryn
Vice President Alex Daw Proposer: A. O’Kane  Seconder: J. Perryn
Secretary  [no nomination received]  
Treasurer John Young Proposer: A. O’Kane  Seconder: A. Daw
Committee members:    
  Carmel Bell    Proposer: A. O’Kane  Seconder: A. Daw
  Caroline Brudell   Proposer: A. O’Kane  Seconder: C. Ditton
  Lyndal Cosgrove Proposer: J. Young  Seconder: A. Swain
  Clem Ditton    Proposer: A. O’Kane  Seconder: A. Daw

Draft Minutes for 2022 AGM can be found here.

Agenda for 2023 AGM can be found here.

Register to attend the AGM here.

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Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7

365,000 new records added 1 April 2023


Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7


A further 365,800 entries have just been added to the online Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7 database. The additional data includes names from 193 schools – all from admission registers. The schools include both large and small from across Queensland – including a number of very large schools such as Birkdale SS, Bremer SHS, Bulimba SS, Cairns North SS, Cairns SHS, Caloundra SS, Camp Hill schools, Edge Hill SS, Geebung SS, Graceville SS, and Hughenden SS. There are also many small to very small schools such as Calen SS, Gadgarra SS, Gilbert River SS, Gungaloon SS, Harrisons Pocket SS, Haystack SS, Hirstglen SS, Hungerford SS, Lower Gregory SS, Myra SS, and Perthton SS.

Some of these schools, as well as others previously indexed, include adult students not just those we might usually expect to find. Be aware also that some students appear multiple times for the same school because a decision was made to partially rewrite and/or renumber the entries. It is definitely worth looking at all the entries for each student.

Check the uploaded List of schools for all those marked “new” to find out all the 193 schools that have had records added.

School admission records can provide so much information not accessible elsewhere. Once an entry is found in the index researchers should follow up to find the original register which will give the age (or birthdate), the address, parent’s occupation, religion and progress through the grades. Many entries provide further information on vaccinations and general information about the student. The Queensland State Archives has indicated that all the admission registers they hold are now available as digital copies.

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Whats New

February 2023

Did you know that you can search the

Queensland Family Historian Names Index 1979-2023.

This Index is updated after every new edition and our journal is available online.


The QFHS Books Name Accumulation Index has passed 304,351 names. 

This index contains names of early Queensland families across a variety of areas.

Just a few of titles recently indexed from the Print Library shelves are as follows:

  • Brisbane then and now
  • Dairies and daydreams: the Mudgeeraba story
  • Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery: our backyard Vol 1
  • Wild heart, bountiful land: an historical overview of the Mary River Valley
  • Windsor wakens: residents and notables of the 1860s

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.

QFHS members can access The Genealogist, My Heritage, and Irish Ancestors from home




More information here

Irish Ancestors


John Grenham has generously provided access to
Irish Ancestors



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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.


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QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Quee…

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Wednesday, 7 June 2023 - 10.00 am - 12.30 pm (with a short tea-break)

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Queensland geography

Queensland Globe--So many possibilities.

is an interactive mapping website providing access to the spatial …


The servant problem or my great great gr…

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

When: Friday, 9 June 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

The servant problem or my great great grandmother was a general.

Domestic service in Australia from both the servant and employer point of view.

Your ancestors probably worked as servants at …


Talking about ... Writing your family hi…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 28 June 2023 - 3.00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

Talking about ... Writing your family history--what are the options?

The best way to preserve your family history is to write about it.

You could write a story for our; upload a documen…


Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 10 July weekly for six weeks - 10:30 am - 12:00 noon AEST

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 …


Google Slides for Family History.

Presenter: Chris Wright

When: Friday, 14 July 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

Google Slides for Family History.

Once you know how, creating a slide show of some aspect of your family history is not difficult.

Would you like to create a Sl…


Talking about ... Metalsmiths Past and P…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 26 July 2023 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon AEST

Talking about ... Metalsmiths Past and Present

encompasses some trades that are almost obsolete, and some that have joined the computer era. Were your distant a…


Researching using TheGenealogist

Presenter: Charlotte Sale

When: Friday, 28 July 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Researching using TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist offers records not available on other subscription websites and has some interesting search options.


Ancestors from China

Presenter: Jon Kehrer

When: Friday, 11 August 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Ancestors from China

Do you have a ‘Great Wall of China’ in your family history research?

Whether your ancestor joined the China diaspora in Austra…



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