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 Irish Research Day

IIG2019
 

Researching Irish ancestors?

The next Irish Research Day is Thursday, 24 November, and will be held at the Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside, QLD, 4032

Everyone welcome. Come anytime between 11.30 am – 5:00 pm and stay as long as you like.

Work alongside others and help each other as required.

Make a day of it - bring your lunch.

In preparation, we suggest you:

  • review where you currently are with your research
  • try to specify specific research questions or goals on which you would like to work.

On the day, bring whatever information and equipment you think you will need to help you work towards a productive day.

There will be plenty of friendly, experienced and helpful people there ready to assist and support.

Contact Dale Fogarty, the convenor of the Irish Interest Group, at irish@qfhs.org.au to register your interest.

 

Talking about...Voyages

 Voyages 2

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Voyages have been integral to our island nation even before the First Fleet. Grab your passport and let Nancy Edwards "steer" you as we navigate this topic.

Share the experiences of your ancestors on their voyages - emigrating, embarking for service in a World War, or simply travelling by ship before air travel became more accessible for business and pleasure.

Perhaps you have resources you would like to recommend to us - diaries, libraries, archives.

Register here

 

Charlotte Sale
Vice President

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Charlotte says it all began when she offered to help her mother update the Australian branch of the family tree back in the 1990s. The family history bug bit deeply and she is now researched her family’s lives in more than ten different countries.

At present Charlotte's enrolled in the Diploma in Family Historical Studies with the Society of Australian Genealogists, researching her grandfather’s life in western Queensland for her thesis.

Charlotte has a long professional background in organisational change, research, and communication. More importantly, she is the holder of family stories for her family and regularly swaps granny snaps with cousins in Australia, the UK, Italy, Spain, and South Africa.

She joined QFHS in 2012, volunteering as an LA soon after. Roles she currently holds include coordinating the Welsh SIG and the Research Team and being a tutor for the popular Finding your family: A beginners course in research which QFHS runs twice yearly. Charlotte is also a regular presenter at QFHS and elsewhere.

First on the Management Committee in 2014-15, and previously Vice President from 2019-2021, Charlotte is delighted to be one of our Vice Presidents once again and looks forward to the interesting challenges of the year ahead.         

Talking about ... The Methodists

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

Methodists

Back by popular demand ...

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday, 7 November 2022

Book from the events page.

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.

Nancy Edwards is going to again host a discussion on the Methodists and will present some new insights. You are welcome to come whether or not you attended our previous session. Book early to avoid missing out.

Note: This event is held in QLD time, AEST: no daylight saving. (GMT+10)

 

QFHS Library and Resource Centre - Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

  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
Closed
10:00 am -  3:00 pm
Closed

 

QFHS is an Affiliate Library of FamilySearch

Familysearch

Your Society is an Affiliate Library of FamilySearch. You can view digital images that are  'viewable with additional restrictions' at our Library and Resource Centre, if they are designated as accessible at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. 

Details here FamilySearch Digital Images.

 

Talking about ... QFHSdatasearch

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QFHSdatasearch is the software that powers all of the QFHS datasets in our collection. Any QFHS dataset available in our Online Access section utilises QFHSdatasearch. 

Have you ever wanted to know anything about the ins and outs of DataSearch, the best ways to use it, have tips and tricks to share?

Join Geoff Morgan for an informal chat and ask any questions you might have. 

When: Wednesday, 26 October 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 ... The Queen

Queen

What does the Queen mean to you?

Maybe you are the 10th cousin twice removed from the Queen. Maybe your great-uncle was the stablehand at Balmoral Castle. Maybe your grandmother had a huge collection of souvenirs of the Queen. Maybe you lined the streets to wave during her visits to Australia. Maybe something that happened in the Queen's life or something she said or did had a impact on you.

Join Kerry Raymond to share and discuss how the Queen impacted your family history or your life. Have your cucumber sandwiches and fine china teacup ready to join this talk.

More information here

 

Talking about ... QFHSdatasearch

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QFHSdatasearch is the software that powers all of the QFHS datasets in our collection. Any QFHS dataset available in our Online Access section utilises QFHSdatasearch. 

Have you ever wanted to know anything about the ins and outs of DataSearch, the best ways to use it, have tips and tricks to share?

Join Geoff Morgan for an informal chat and ask any questions you might have. 

When: Wednesday, 26 October 2022, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More information here

All welcome.

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

 Indexers Tribute High Tea

 Indexers Word Art 1

After many years of Indexing and providing millions of searchable entries for the QFHS vLibrary, the Publications Team has retired and, after delays imposed by COVID, we are finally able to acknowledge the work of the most dynamic of our data dynamos - those who have indexed in excess of 100,000 entries each – with a Tribute event to acknowledge their sterling contributions.

The data dynamos, who are listed on the Indexers Honour Roll, will be the Guests of the Management Committee at a celebratory Indexers Tribute High Tea.

All QFHS Members are invited to attend the event to participate in the Tribute.

Read more and register here.

 

 Irish Research Day

IIG2019
 

Researching Irish ancestors?

Our Irish Interest Group is holding an all-day get together at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre to focus on your research and help you find out more.

Come in at any time during opening hours and stay as long as you like. Work alongside fellow researchers and help each other as required.

Make a day of it; bring your lunch. Some Irish-themed nibblies will be available.

Please contact Dale Fogarty, the convenor of the Irish Interest Group, irish@qfhs.org.au to register your interest in attending or just turn up on the day.

 

Talking about....

My first country primary teaching post

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You are invited to join other Society members to talk about primary teaching. Perhaps you have fond memories of primary teaching or have some really good resources you would like to share.

Come along, bring your morning coffee, and join us. Bring any questions you have. This is an informal session to chat, share your memories, or ask questions of other members.

For a new teacher, the first post is usually memorable.  Even more so if the posting is to somewhere unfamiliar.

Primary schools were smaller, with many quite tiny. Where did you ask to go?   Where did they send you?

How did you get there? Where did you board or stay?

What was it like--school, town, head teacher, children, parents?

Did you go home at weekends or only at holidays? What did you do at weekends?

Did you still have some study to do while you were teaching?  

What did you take from this experience into later life?

When: Wednesday 23 March 2022, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More details here.

QFHS members and GSQ members only.

QSQ members please contact marketing@qfhs.org.au

 

Talking about ... Libraries

 Library

Join online with other QFHS members to talk about your family's experience of libraries. Perhaps you have fond memories of a librarian or have some resources you would like to share. Did your family or someone you knew have a personal library or was there a mechanics' institute or school of the arts in town?

Come along, bring your morning coffee, and join us. Bring any questions you have. This is an informal session to chat, share your memories, or ask questions of other members.

Our host will be Alex Daw, whose ancestor Peter Sinclair worked in the Parliamentary Library in Victoria in the 1860s.  Alex is a self-confessed bibliophile and was delighted when she was finally able to work in a few public libraries before she retired.

When: Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More information here

All welcome.

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

 

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JOURNAL ARTICLE OF THE YEAR:
MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Thank you to all members who participated in our inaugural Journal Article of the Year: Members’ Choice Award.  

We were delighted with the response from our members and pleased that so many took the time to let us know which article from the Queensland Family Historian they most enjoyed during 2021.

The article receiving the most votes and, therefore, winning the Members’ Choice for Journal Article of the Year for 2021 is

The Great Family Mystery: Who Was James Yappa?  by Ken Swadling.

Comments about the article received from our members included:

  • Great to read about some family history of the early Chinese migrants
  • This article stayed on in my memory; I enjoyed reading the whole article…
  • It prompted me to contact [the author] … as the time periodand location ran parallel to my own research.
  • Strong writing style, mix of the personal and historical context and with an exemplary use of references/endnotes.

We have sent the author our warm congratulations and a commemorative certificate and a gift card as an expression of esteem from our members.

We are pleased to republish the winning Members’ Choice Award 2021 article here for your interest and enjoyment.

Many more useful and informative articles are published in our quarterly publication Queensland Family Historian, free to QFHS members or via a 'journal only' subscription.

Allana O’Kane

Publicity Coordinator

 

Learn@QFHS

How to Zoom

Zoom

A warm invitation for Society members to join us for a session on using Zoom. Muting and unmuting. Video on or off? Chat, saving chat, and screen sharing.  

We will also look at how to host a Zoom session, how to setup your own Zoom account, and what you can get from Zoom's free service and what you can get if you pay. Many people will find a free Zoom account useful for staying in touch with family and friends. 

Come along, bring your morning coffee, and join us. Bring any questions you have. ‘How to Zoom’ is an informal session to demonstrate Zoom, an opportunity for you to ask questions or share your tips.

We would love you to join and learn ‘How to Zoom’.

When: Wednesday 23 February 2022, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More details here.

QFHS members and GSQ members only.

QSQ members please contact marketing@qfhs.org.au

 

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 JOURNAL ARTICLE OF THE YEAR
MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Thank you to all members who participated in our inaugural Journal Article of the Year: Members’ Choice Award.

At the recent QFHS Management Committee meeting, a name was randomly selected from all the members who participated. We can announce that participant
number 54, Lou Muller is the winner of a voucher for an Education Event of choice during 2022.

We were delighted with the response from our members and pleased that so many took the time to let us know which article from the Queensland Family Historian they most enjoyed during 2021.

The article receiving the most votes—the Members’ Choice for Journal Article of the Year—will  be announced in the first issue of Queensland Family Historian for 2022 (expected late January-early February). At that time, the article will be featured on QFHS website and Facebook. The author will receive a prize of $75 and a commemorative certificate.  Watch out for that announcement.

In the meantime, we extend our congratulations to Lou Muller and appreciation to all who participated in our inaugural Members’ Choice Award. We look forward to receiving another contribution from you all next year when we conduct the Journal Article of the Year: Member’s’ Choice Award 2022.  

Allana O’Kane, Publicity Coordinator

 

A new event

Talking about....

Any nurses in the family?

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A warm invitation to join other Society members to talk about nurses in your family. Perhaps you have fond memories of a nurse or have some really good resources you would like to share.

Come along, bring your morning coffee, and join us. Bring any questions you have. This is an informal session to chat, share your memories, or ask questions of other members. Marg Doherty, who has researched Queensland nurses who served in World War I, will be our special guest.

We would love you to join us for our first 'Talking about....' event.

When: Wednesday 19 January, at 10:00 am

Where: Your place

More details here.

Non-members are welcome, please contact marketing@qfhs.org.au

 

MyHeritage

Myheritage

QFHS members can access MyHeritage at our library and from their home computers via the QFHS website.

MyHeritage can help you with your genealogy search. Its genealogy search engine allows you to search thousands of databases simultaneously. In one search, you can cover multiple spelling variations, phonetic synonyms, and much more.

 

Our Future

The fifth communique about possible amalgamation of QFHS and GSQ has been sent to members. Read more here, along with details of how to have your say.

 

Our New Fellows

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 QFHS President Bev Young, QFHS Fellow Dorothy Jeffrey,
QFHS Patron, His Excellency, Governor of Queensland, 
the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC,
QFHS Fellow John Perryn.

Read more.

 

 
Family Search

FamilySearch Update

As you know, FamilySearch discontinued its 
80-year-old microfilm distribution service.
Read more>>>

You may also know that FamilySearch 
makes its digital image collections accessible
on the FamilySearch website.

We are pleased to announce that, as a
FamilySearch Affiliate Library,
our members may now access a range of
digitised microfilms using the computers
at our Library and Resource Centre.

Read more here: FamilySearch Digital Images 

 

Services To Family History
2019

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Chris Schuetz

Winner of the 2019 Award for Services to Family History.

This is presented annually to QFHS members who have made a significant contribution to family history.

 

Presentation of QFHS

Pre-Separation Group Certificate
21 October 2020

Conley Pre Sep
Lynora Conley presented with her certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group)
Costin Pre Sep
Ian Costin presented with his certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group)

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Lyndal Cosgrove 

2020 QFHS Services to Family History Award

This is presented annually to QFHS members who have
made a significant contribution to family history.

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Lyndal Cosgrove

Lyndal is the editor of the Queensland Family Historian,
a member of the QFHS Management Committee,
and Speaker Coordinator for the Members' Meetings.

 

 

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QFHS Queensland Family Historian Editorial Team

 Runner-up in the 2020 Nick Vine Hall Award


The Nick Vine Hall Award is made annually to member societies
for the best family history journal/newsletter in 
Australia and New Zealand.

 Cosgrove Lyndall
 The Queensland Family Historian Editor, Lyndal Cosgrove,

with QFHS President, Chris Gibbs.

 

 

Presentation of QFHS 
Pre-Separation Group Certificate
16 October 2019

Marion Atkinson
Marion Atkinson presented with her certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain 
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group)

 

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QFHS Book Award 2019

presented to

Ruth Bonetti

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

QFHS Annual General Meeting

 

 

Toowoomba and Darling Downs 
Family History Society and 
Toowoomba Historic Railway Station

Toowoomba Railway Station
Honour Board

On 8 October, a group from Queensland Family History visited Toowoomba and
Darling Downs Family History Society and the historic Toowoomba Railway Station.

The assistance from Marie and Marionne was very much appreciated
as was the tour of the Historic Railway Station, including the 
Historic Railways Honour Board, with Greg Hallam, Qld Rail Historian.

Nfhm

In conjunction with NFHM

QFHS

invited members to submit stories
on the the theme of finding links.

 The result

31 Links in a Chain

 Read 31 different family stories - a new one was published everyday in August 2017

 

 

 Library Assistants' Team Meeting, March 2018

 Eager Hill

 Brudell Capp

 Elaine and Max  Caroline and Leita
Macathie   Morgan Swain Eager
 Margaret, Carolyn, and Rhonda     Geoff, Ann, Tony, and Doug

Unlock the Past Conference 19 - 20 October 2018

QFHS table
Susie, Leanne, Ann(obscured) and Tony at right 

UTP 19 Oct

Open Day

25 August 2018

2018 Open Day

Bev Young, QFHS President,
Tim Mander, Member for Everton,
Bob Thistlethwaite, QFHS Secretary

 

 

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Clem Ditton and Bob Thistlethwaite received their

QFHS Pre-Separation Certificates

at the Members' Meeting on 17 October 2018


 

QFHS visits North Stradbroke Island

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On Monday 28 August, QFHS members enjoyed
a guided tour of the Stradbroke Island Museum and the remains of the Benevolent Asylum operated at Dunwich from 1865 to 1946. The Curator, Elizabeth Gondwe, spoke about the ongoing battle to preserve the early history of the island.

 


 

2017 February-March
Finding Your Family Graduates

 2017 Feb Mar

Monday 20 March 2017
Standing: Rhonda, Robyn, John, Michael, Patricia, Robert, Merilyn.
Seated: Toni, Mary.


 

Mitchelton State School Centenary

Mitchelton Ss 100 Yrs Cd Final Mitchelton Ss Centenary
Mitchelton State School Admissions 1916-1997
listing for the Infants and State School admissions 
in alphabetical and register order.
Available from QFHS at $10 each,
plus $3 postage and handling
Email bookshop convenor to purchase.
Rosemary Kopittke, Dorothy Jeffrey, and Eric
Kopittke celebrating the launch of the CD on
Saturday 22 October 2016 

 


New release

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Queensland School Pupils Index Part 6 - QSPI6

The latest QFHS publication was launched on Friday 19 August at The Queensland State Archives.

The series now covers 2.4 million entries from more than 1200 schools.

Rosemary Kopittke, QFHS Publications Team member, presents a copy of QSPI6 to Kit Kugatoff, Director of Collections and Access QSA. For more information click here 

 

 


Nick Vine Hall Presentation

Nick Vine Hall PresentationThe Nick Vine Hall Award is awarded annually to member societies (in two categories based on membership)

for the best family history journal/newsletter in Australia and New Zealand. AFFHO provides this award to encourage its member societies to produce quality journals/newsletters, and to honour Nick Vine Hall AM.

This year QFHS were awarded the runner-up prize in Category B (societies with over 500 members) for the Queensland Family Historian, Vol 36, No1, February 2015.

Congratulations to our Journal Editor and her team

 

 

QFHS President Bev Young 
accepting the Award from
Geoff Doherty, AFFHO. 


1894 and 1897 Women's Suffrage Petitions now available online to all,

thanks to QFHS volunteers

Suffrage

In 1894 the Women’s Equal Franchise Association (WEFA) initiated a double petition – one for women to sign and the other for men – which played a key role in galvanising support for the women’s suffrage movement across Queensland.

A second group of women through the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union canvassed support again in 1897. 

Through a project organised in a partnership between the late Dr John McCulloch, Dr Deborah Jordan and the Queensland Parliament, and with the contribution of the Queensland Family History Society, these petitions have been digitally transcribed and developed into a database that is available to the public.

A wonderful resource for girls, women, genealogists, and historians both in Queensland and across the globe.

To view the signatories to the Women's Suffrage Petitions go here

For more information on QFHS involvement in the project from start to finish go here
Congratulations to the many people involved in making this happen.