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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: 02 Jul 2022 8:30 AM

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QFHS Management Committee 2022-2023

Allana O’Kane. 

Alex Daw, Charlotte Sale

Anna Gallagher

Judy Cronin

Committee members
Caroline Brudell, Lyndal Cosgrove, Clem Ditton, Chris Gibbs, Chris Schuetz, Beverley Young, John Young

QFHS Book Award 2022

Clem Ditton

Clem Ditton

for his book
Shaking the mulga

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

2022 QFHS Annual General Meeting 

 Indexers Tribute Morning Tea

After many years of indexing and providing millions of searchable entries for QFHS, the Publications Team has retired. Our Society acknowledged the work of the most dynamic of our data dynamos - those who have indexed more than 100,000 entries each – with a Tribute event to recognise their sterling contributions.

The data dynamos, who are listed on the Indexers Honour Roll, were Guests of the Management Committee at a celebratory Indexers Tribute High Tea on Monday, 9 May 2022.


Row 1: Rosemary Kopittke, John Perryn, Bryan Hacker
Row 2: Deanna Robertson, Ellen McDonald, Lynn Hooper, Liz Grech, Maureen Arthur, Mary Geiger, Joan Kane, Elaine Eager
Row 3: Jackie Buttress, Dorothy Jeffrey, Jenny Hacker, Bev Bonning, Bev Moore. 

Talking about ... the Methodists.

We will be chatting about Methodism in relation to our family history research over a virtual cuppa.
Were your family one of the many varieties of Methodists - Primitive, Wesleyan, Bible Christian, United Free Methodist, Methodist New Connection or Uniting?

Would you like to come along for a chat to discuss researching how this religion affected your ancestors lives. Perhaps you have a favourite resource you would like to share or questions to ask.

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2022, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More information here

All welcome.

GSQ members and non-members please contact marketing@qfhs.org.au

Talking about ... your family in the navy


See our new Research Guide - Your family in the Navy


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Welcome to our newest Special Interest Group


Family Historian Software User Group 

Good News

Members are able to access FamilySearch Digital Images again from the QFHS Library and Resource Centre computer.

You may be aware that if you search for Digital Images on FamilySearch from your home computer, you often see sets of records which have a camera icon, surmounted by a key. These images are often available to view at a Family History Affiliate Library, such as the QFHS Library and Resource Centre.

This service has now been restored to our Library. 


 Important Information

Sunday Closure

The QFHS Library and Resource Centre will no longer be open on Sunday.

The last Sunday opening was Sunday 31 October 2021 

Whats New

June 2022

The QFHS Books – Name Accumulation Index has passed 275,279 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:

  • A man a time and a place: early settlement and development in the Wide Bay Burnett region : with particular reference to pioneers of the Maryborough and Bundaberg districts
  • Bardon House, its people and environs
  • Brisbane then & now
  • Dairies and daydreams : the Mudgeeraba story
  • Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery : our backyard Vol 1
  • Fighting for Fraser Island : a man and an island / John Sinclair, an autobiography with Peter Corris
  • From many nations : a history of International House, University of Queensland 1955-1994
  • Minding my business : the history of Bemerside and the Lower Herbert River District of Queensland
  • Neverending stories : a tribute to our pioneers
  • Pioneer families of Cooroy & district
  • Reflections of the past : Durundur Woodford over 100 years
  • Ringsfield : If only these walls could talk : the history of Ringsfield House, Nanango, Queensland
  • Samford reminiscences : volume 1
  • Texas on the Dumaresq c1840-c1940
  • The Cooroy Kindergarten : a community success story
  • The Etheridge - Studies in North Queensland History no.13
  • The regiment that mapped the world : the story of 42 Survey Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers
  • The Salvation Army Nambour Corps : 100 years of service on the Sunshine Coast
  • War service : men and women of Kilcoy
  • Where two rivers run : a history of Kilkivan Shire
  • 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 Library and Resource Centre - Opening Hours


  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

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

during the COVID-19 pandemic




More information here

Irish Ancestors


John Grenham has generously provided access to
Irish Ancestors



And, do not forget



Ancestry ceased this service on
31 December 2021

Ancestry will be avaialble at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre only 

Findmypast 1

Findmypast ceased this service on
18 November 2021

Findmypast will be avaialble at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre only 

QFHS Management Committee 2021­–2022

President: Kevin Haley

Vice President: Chris Schuetz 

Secretary: Elaine Eager

Treasurer: Doug Eager 

Committee Members:    
Lyndal Cosgrove Clem Ditton   Tim Fitzpatrick
Eric Kopittke  Allana O'Kane  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 MyHeritage, TheGenealogist, and 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.


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QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Finding your family: a beginners course …

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 4 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 t…


Getting it sorted: organising your famil…

Presenter: QFHS panel

When: Friday, 8 July 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Getting it sorted: organising your family history

Family historians love to research and collect information, but then what?

How can we sort and store our information so can f…


The Huguenots: the almost-forgotten peop…

Presenter: Robert Nash

When: Saturday, 23 July 2022 - 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

The Huguenots: the almost-forgotten people

The Huguenots were the Protestants of France. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, they suffered severe perse…


Talking about ... the Methodists

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Talking about ... the Methodists


Organise your family history using Excel…

Presenter: Therese O'Brien

When: Friday 12 August 2022 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (AEST)

Organise your family history using Excel: getting started

Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet application that can be used in many ways to help organise your family history.

  • Get…

Talking about ... the small country town…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 24 August 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Talking about ... the small country town

If you didn't live in a small country town then an ancestor probably did...as a local or transient (Bank Johnny, Teacher, Police-…


Talking about ... Communism

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 28 September 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Talking about ... Communism

The Communist Party of Australia had a membership in Australia of 20,000 in the early 1940s.

It was particularly strong in …


[Citation needed]

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

When: Friday, 14 October 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

[Citation needed]

In any family history research or reporting, we need citations to identify our sources. You may be familiar with this process usi…


Talking about ... Voyages

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Talking about ... Voyages

We will be chatting, over a virtual cuppa, about voyages you or your ancestors have taken.


Zotero: your personal research assistant…

Presenter: Sue Reid

When: Friday, 11 November 2022 - 10.00 am - 12 noon

Zotero: your personal research assistant


Talking about ... Voyages

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Talking about ... Voyages

We will be chatting, over a virtual cuppa, about voyages you or your ancestors have taken.



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