Notes:THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE AND IN PERSON AT THE QFHS FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE i.e. A HYBRID MEETING.
Speaker: Ann Swain (a founding QFHS member).
Ann is also a very early member of several Scottish and English family history societies and was once rung from England to see if she was in a nursing home because of her very low membership number! Ann taught senior biology for 38 years, after graduating from UQ majoring in Genetics and Botany. She was Secretary QFHS, 1981-84; President QFHS, 1986-89 and 2007-10; chaired the organising committee for the 7th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Family History, Brisbane 1994; was Secretary of Australasian Federation of Family History Organisation 2004 - 09; is a Fellow of QFHS; and currently runs the QFHS New Members’ Welcome and Orientation sessions and is co-convenor of the QFHS DNA Special Interest Group and the Pre-Separation Group. She has published articles in QFHS, Aberdeen FHS, Central Scotland FHS, East Surrey and Lincolnshire FHS journals; for over a year during 2011-2012 was an expert guest on radio 4BC’s weekly Family History 101 segment; and is a regular and popular guest speaker and Q&A panellist.
The Biographical Database of Australia is a collection of references in biographical and other records to deceased Australians. It evolved from the Australian Biographical & Genealogical Record, the first volume of which was published in 1985. The BDA launched as an internet-based database in 2013 with approximately 500,000 records and now includes approximately 2,200,000 records. A key feature is the linking of multiple records for a person to form a referenced timeline (a Biographical Report) for the individual. This talk includes the background to the BDA; who the database covers; the sources of information; and the use and benefits of the database in family research, through examples.
After the guest speaker's presentation in November, those present in person can enjoy a Christmas celebration. Please bring a plate of festive food along to share.