QFHS Snippets - August 2012 Volume 12, No. 8
Our Patron, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of
Queensland, has confirmed she will be attending QFHS Open Day on 4
August. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm at the library and
resource centre. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to come
along and bring a friend. A showcase of resources available to
trace family history awaits.
Invite your friends to 'bring an ancestor' with a name,
birth date, death date or any information to find a starting
point. Special Interest Groups will be available to answer
Two places are available in Introduction to the QFHS Computer
Network hands-on workshop on Saturday, 11 August. The workshop
takes place in the Computer Room at the QFHS Library and Resource
Centre, from 9am until 12 Noon. The cost is $11 for members, $2.75
for Library Assistants.
To register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a large backlog of uncatalogued books building up. This
means that these potentially valuable resources are not being made
available in the catalogue or on the shelves or listed in the
Journal. They are languishing neglected in cupboards, when
they should be being added to our V-Library catalogue.
I need another person to help with cataloguing, which consists of describing books, deciding what subjects they cover and who is responsible for them, allocating unique call numbers, and entering an accurate record of our holdings into V-Library.
If you have an interest in cataloguing, and would like to be an additional cataloguer, and would be able to join the Friday morning team, which includes Lurline, Joan, Cecily, and myself, please email me. I can provide training and you get to see the inside of our new books. email@example.com
Queensland State Archives will be open to the public on the
second Saturday of every calendar month from 9am to 4:30pm. The
next three Saturday opening dates are:
Queensland State Archives are located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn, Queensland. For more details, go to: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/Researchers/Runcorn/Pages/Hours.aspx
For those who find it difficult to get to the Queensland State
Archives (QSA), there is a taxi service for researchers available
Information can be obtained at: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/Researchers/Runcorn/Pages/FindQSA.aspx#taxi
To book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
A Family History Seminar will be held on 4 August 2012 from
9:30am at the Senior Citizens Rooms, Post Office Lane in
Pittsworth. Guest Speakers are Stephanie Ryan who will present "State Library Resources" and
Ann Swain who will speak on "Genetics
in Family History".
Attendance price of $20 includes morning tea and lunch. To book your spot, telephone Gail on (07) 4693 7028 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting the most out of
Queensland State Archives' online resources.
This seminar on Thursday, 9 August from 10 am to 11 am will provide an overview of the Queensland State Archives website and ArchivesSearch catalogue and includes a practical demonstration detailing what can be found and how to find it.
Getting Started seminar.
Learn about Queensland State Archives' collection and how best to find the information you are seeking. This seminar, presented by an experienced reference archivist on Tuesday 25 September from 2 pm to 4 pm, will provide you with the basics you need to start your research at QSA. The seminar includes a short tour.
Entry to both seminars is free. To book your spot, call (07) 3131 7777.
Queensland State Archives will be presenting Learn how to
decipher old handwriting at the Wynnum branch of the Brisbane City
Council Library on Monday, 6 August from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
This workshop presents tips and tricks on how to read and
transcribe old handwriting. For more information, and to book,
call the Brisbane City Council Library on (07) 3403 8888.
QFHS President, Sue Reid, will present a seminar on the databases
available through the Brisbane City Council Library Catalogue
including newspapers, Findmypast, Ancestry and Documents OnLine.
The seminar will be held on Saturday, 18 August 2012, from 10am to
11:30am at Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton.
Bookings are required, so to reserve your place, telephone: (07)
Legacy Way runs under the Toowong Cemetery. Before tunnelling,
Transcity will be undertaking conservation activities to 120
gravestones identified as extremely dilapidated and structurally
unsound due to their age and existing condition. These gravestones
are located in portions 1, 2, 2A, 5, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 24 of the
All conservation work will be undertaken by qualified stonemasons under the supervision of heritage experts and in consultation with the Friends of Toowong Cemetery. These important conservation activities are due to start in August 2012 and will take approximately four weeks to complete. Activities will be undertaken from 6.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
For more information and to view a list of gravestones requiring conservation activities, go to: http://www.transcityjv.com.au/construction/toowong-cemetery
On Saturday, 8 September 2012, from 1pm to 4pm, renowned UK
genealogist Lady Mary Teviot will speak at a seminar to be held at
the Guide Hut in Arthur Street, Caloundra. Attendance cost
for the three hours is $10 and includes afternoon tea.
Topics being discussed include:
This seminar is aimed at anyone who has an interest in English
research. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Roz
Kuss on (07) 5493 1197 or June Blackburn on (07) 5493 2679 or by
email at: email@example.com
Information on the group's research times, calendar, resources, journal, meetings, activities and contact details are now available on our website at: http://www.caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au/
Join expert English genealogist, Lady Teviot, at an informative
talk about the English parish system and how it can help you
research English records to uncover information about your
ancestors in the context of their local town.
Lady Teviot will be presenting "Understanding your English ancestors at a local level" from 11:30am-12:30pm (Parish registers) and 1:30-2:30pm (Parish chest) on Tuesday, 18 September.
Bookings are essential. Contact Garden City Library on (07) 3403
7745 to reserve your place.
A new online index for Brisbane Hospital Registers of Deaths
1899-1913, compiled from records in QSA Series ID 10817, is now
available on the Queensland State Archives website. These
registers, kept by the Brisbane Hospital, record information on
deaths. Details for deaths include:
You will find the index at: http://bit.ly/PilU8x
Do you have old Nundah State School and class photographs? Dr
Russell Parry is asking for your assistance for the Historical
Displays at the Nundah State School Spring Fair which will be held
Please email your photos (with names where available) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Johnson has an official photograph dated c1900 of Camp
Flat School near Upper Caboolture. The photo contains
students with the surnames of Keillor, McClure and Carseldine
amongst others. The teacher is Frank Riddell - her
great-grandfather pictured with his family which includes her
grandmother Dorothy Riddell who later married Thomas Keillor who
was a student at the school. If you are researching on
McClure or Carseldine, Christine would be happy to send you a copy
of the photo.
Contact Christine Johnson via email at: email@example.com
The Maryborough Family Heritage Institute will be holding an
inaugural Immigration Celebration which they hope will continue
for the next 50 years. This year they celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the arrival of the Ariadne, the first direct
immigrant ship to come from the United Kingdom to the Port of
Maryborough at the end of September 1862.
This celebration and reunion will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2012 and is a community event.
For more information go to:
The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee & the
Consulate of Ireland warmly invite you to the 13th Annual
Commemoration at The Irish Famine Monument - Hyde Park Barracks,
Macquarie Street, Sydney. The event will be held on Sunday, 26
August 2012. Gates open at 11am, with formal activities commencing
The Guests of Honour will be the Irish Diplomatic Corp. An address will be given by Brendan Graham, accompanied by Sarah Calderwood & the Australian Girls Choir. Wreaths will be laid and you are invited to place flowers at the monument. You can meet old friends, share stories of your workhouse orphans with other descendants and join in the traditional Irish hospitality.
Admission is $10 per person. Please RSVP by 20 August 2012 to Perry McIntyre via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Power via email at: email@example.com or telephone on: (02) 9417 4193
Genealogy South Australia now has database indexes online,
including indexes to:
The Glamorgan Family History Society in its most recent Journal
(# 106) is dedicated to researching Welsh family history in
Australia. A list of resources has been provided by the Australian
Institute of Genealogical Studies. The Journal also contains a
list of convicts from Glamorgan sent to WA (1859-1868).
The Journal can be found in the print library at Gaythorne.
The Destination: Australia website aims to draw on the stories of
Australia's post-war immigrants. The site showcases photographs of
people and their family members. You are able to tag people whom
you know, tag where they came from and came to, add descriptions
and comments, and comment on others' contributions, or scan
photographs to explore what Australia's post-war immigration boom
was really about.
Check it out at: https://www.destinationaustralia.gov.au/site/
Kaye Kuhn and Jenny Slade started a business - Gumtree Research,
which focuses on local historical research. They are currently
recording the life stories and photographs of the soldiers named
in cenotaphs located in country towns. Now, after many years have
passed, the soldiers' stories are being revealed.
Enjoy viewing the video at: http://bit.ly/M0Oq2I
The National Archives of Australia has recently acquired what is
reliably thought to be the most complete list of those on The
Montevideo Maru when it was sunk in July 1942. The list is in two
parts - Japanese and English. The Japanese part has the names of
all prisoners of war (POWS) and civilian internees on board - the
English part lists the POWs.
You'll find the list at: http://bit.ly/N8rLxJ
Findmypast.co.uk has recently added over 2.2 million records to
its database. Members can now search additional parish baptism,
marriage and burial records from Wales, East London, Sheffield and
Yorkshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Plymouth and West Devon from 1568
right the way up to 1999 to really add detail to their family
This is in combination with 2 million new Welsh records meaning those with Welsh ancestry can now search almost 6 million parish entries from the following counties: Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorganshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.
For details of these and other recent additions, see: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/news/2012
4,625 new parish records for Yorkshire have recently been added
Details of these records can be located at: http://bit.ly/Pil1gk
Working in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives, findmypast recently added 128,000 images of Church of England parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials for churches in the historic Archdeaconry of Canterbury. These images cover the period from 1538 to 2005.
You can find more information about the Canterbury Collection
The records are available for free at QFHS Library or via
subscription at: http://bit.ly/R36M54
These records span the period from 1700 to 1837 and cover more
than 200 parishes.
Details may be found in the findmypast.co.uk blog at: http://bit.ly/Ozcjfr
The British National Archives at Kew has released a podcast
entitled "Lost in London". It is based on a 50 minute talk from
Dave Annal and is essentially a catalogue on the various archival
repositories in London which can help with research - particularly
between 1801 and 1841.
The podcast can be obtained at: http://bit.ly/MgU7Lf
or downloaded from iTunes.
Millions of historic tax records are published online for the
first time today. Family history website Ancestry.co.uk said more
than 12 million tax returns are in the collection of land tax
records from 1692 to 1932. Land tax existed from the 17th to the
20th century, before being abolished in 1968, and the collections
list the owners and occupiers of properties subject to the tax in
England and Wales.
For more details go to: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=19994
Check it out at: http://bit.ly/M0NH1s
The National Library of Scotland has more than 700 digitised Post
Office Directories available online, spanning 1773 to 1911. These
directories are similar to city directories on other countries:
residents are listed with their names, addresses, yearly rent or
values, and (in many cases) occupations.
The National Library of Scotland's Post Office Directories are
The Scottish Catholic Archives (SCA) at Columba House in Edinburgh has been closed without warning amidst claims of "mismanagement and indifference." Whatever the causes, the primary problem was that there was no one left to take care of the place. The archives were unmanned. The Scottish Catholic Archives contain more than a million documents dating back 800 years, including letters from Mary Queen of Scots and papers relating to Oscar Wilde.
Details may be found in an article at: http://bit.ly/QdJNlR
- this one offers a free monthly magazine
Library and Archives Canada has released digitized silent movies
of immigrants and the immigration facilities, filmed from 1919 to
1921. If your ancestors arrived in St. John, New Brunswick, you
can see what they saw upon arrival at the Department of
Colonization. Another film shows the Barnardo Orphanage in
The nine-minute film is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsTigiK_r5I
You can see some history here, especially regarding the deadly
worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918 and 1919. A study by the New
England Journal of Medicine looked at human factors like
population growth, changing social mores and sexual behavior,
migration, war and intravenous drug use in the past century.
Changes in environmental conditions and ecological changes also
contributed to the most common causes of death.
The Revolutionary War started with the battle between British
troops and local Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord,
Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. It ended eight years later with
the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
If your ancestor was a Loyalists this website will be of interest to you.
Visit the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada web site at: http://www.uelac.org/ for more information.
Follow the Money - Tracking Revolutionary War Army Pension
Paymentsby Claire Prechtel-Kluskens is a great tutorial on
researching Revolutionary War pension applications.
The tutorial may be found at http://1.usa.gov/T1LzHm
Revolutionary War pension applications may be found in their entirety on Fold3.com at http://www.fold3.com/ along with many Revolutionary War service records, final payment vouchers for several states, many Revolutionary War rolls, and more.
If you have identified an ancestor born between 1710 and 1765 who was living in 1775-1776, check the online DAR Patriot Index to see if your ancestor is listed.
You will find the Index at: http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/?Tab_ID=1
More hints on finding a revolutionary war patriot can be found in an article at: http://bit.ly/OGphK9
Some of the scenes in this movie are based on true events. The
images of Ellis Island certainly were exactly what your ancestors
saw upon arrival, if they arrived at New York City during the
years that the immigration portal was in use.
Charlie Chaplin was himself an immigrant and crossed the Atlantic by steamship several times.
However, he was already a well-known and wealthy actor and
undoubtedly did not travel in steerage, as depicted in this movie
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The Muscatine County Genealogical Society has converted 44 spools
of Muscatine Journal microfilm, dating back to 1840 to digital
You can read more in an article at: http://bit.ly/MYPj9V
Rhode Island is making adoption records available for the first
time to adults 25 years or older.
More details are available in an article at: http://630wpro.com/Article.asp?id=2486117&spid=37719
This is a great online resource for anyone researching pre-statehood Oklahoma ancestry. The Incorporation Records for the Oklahoma and Indian Territories have been digitised. The original ledger books were generated by the Territorial secretary as new businesses and municipalities began conducting business. There are 27 volumes of Oklahoma Territory Incorporation Records and 15 volumes for Indian Territory. The entries begin in 1890 and continue until statehood is established in 1907.
Whilst the database is not searchable by personal name, it is
quite user friendly if you spend a bit of time getting use to the
You can find out more details at: http://bit.ly/MZbOeS
Do you have Tennessee ancestors? If you do, you'll want to check
out the free online guide to Tennessee ancestors available at
FamilySearch.org at: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Tennessee
You can read more details in an article at: https://familysearch.org/blog/free-guide-tennessee-ancestors/
At one time there were as many as 440 one-room schoolhouses
throughout Dodge County. Lorraine Beal has documented more than
one-third of those public school buildings and many of her
findings are available online.
Beal has documented about 186 one-room schoolhouses she has located in Dodge County. For some of the structures, she obtained pictures of the buildings, some of the classes and even a few of the teachers. For other schools, she obtained a list of the teachers and even some report cards.
All that information is available, through the assistance of Ken
Riedl, on the Dodge/Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society
The Betsy Ross Bridge in Philadelphia seems like any other. It
exists primarily to move people; helping connect Pennsylvania to
New Jersey. Most commuters, however, are surely unaware of what
the bridge's foundation is actually built on - a cemetery.
Read more details at: http://bit.ly/QTNwm1
Google has signed a deal with the Italian government to post
30,000 newsreels and documentaries from the twentieth century on
YouTube. Many of the films concern Benito Mussolini's rise to
power and then the events of World War II. Some of the newsreels
were supplied by Italy's Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, which was
founded in 1924 and which became a propaganda tool for Mussolini,
regaling cinema audiences with tales of Italian industrial prowess
and the oratorical powers of Il Duce. Other films now available on
YouTube include newsreels shot by Settimana Incom from 1946 to
1964 which document Italy's economic miracle and paparazzi chasing
starlets indulging in Rome's Dolce Vita.
The new Istituto Luce Cinecittà channel on YouTube is
available at: http://www.youtube.com/cinecittaluce
Ian Kinnaird, 72, discovered he is effectively the 'grandfather
of everyone in Britain' after he paid £200 to take the test
to trace his ancestry. Results showed that Mr Kinnaird, has a
genetic marker, L1B1, that can be followed back all the way to an
ancient African lineage.
Read more about Ian Kinnaird's DNA results at: http://bit.ly/NFTivw
This interesting article details how women and property were
You can read the article at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=20449
If you have Mormon ancestors who crossed the ocean to America,
you may have heard of the Mormon Migration website. This valuable
website has recently been revised to include more historical
information than ever before.
This revised internet site is in the 2nd stage of a 3 stage development plan. This phase provides more images of ship manifests and more articles. This collection of articles will continue to grow with the addition of more than 100 articles in the near future.
The website is located at: http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/
You can read more about the site's content at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=20626
Records are wherever you find them. In 1480, good quality paper was scarce and anything that was available was re-used. The London College of Arms, headquarters of British heraldry, recently discovered papers from a book of debtors and creditors for Florentine merchant-banking company, Domenicio Villani & Partners. The banking records, only half-covered by the design, date from 1422-24 and hint at the extensive trade in wool and other commodities produced in Britain during the era. The paper was "re-used" about 1480 to record coats of arms.
You can read more at: http://bit.ly/QsSEDc
A Family Group Sheet is the basic form to record the genealogical
events of a family. If you are a parent, the first sheet could be
of your own family, showing yourself, spouse, and children. Or,
you can start with the family in which you were a child. If you
are a grandparent, you may want to create family sheets for your
son/daughter, spouse, and grandchildren. Creating family group
sheets is a convenient way to record the details about the
brothers and sisters of your parents, grandparents,
great-grandparents, and so on.
You can read about the varying level of data standards in family
group sheets in an article at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=20637
Here is a fascinating view into the inhumanity of slavery. Jordan Anderson was a former slave who was freed from a Tennessee plantation by Union troops in 1864 and spent his remaining 40 years in Ohio. He lived quietly and likely would have been forgotten, if not for a remarkable letter to his former master published in a Cincinnati newspaper shortly after the Civil War.
This letter is described in an article at: http://bo.st/NS2dXN
The text of the letter can be read at: http://bit.ly/MWWwsU
Cathy Tyree was on the hunt for an old couch when she stumbled
across something incredible at an antique shop in Richmond,
Virginia. Tyree discovered a lost picture of her deceased father
among the old wares. When Tyree lost her home in a foreclosure a
few years ago, her father's trunk - filled with family photos was
auctioned off. Now she scours antique stores in Richmond, hoping
to find more photos of her family.
You can read more at: http://huff.to/OxGEyk
New research shows we are more likely to die on our birthday than
any other day of the year. Swiss researchers analysed the death
records of 2.4 million people over almost 40 years and found
people were 13.8 percent more likely to die on their birthday.
You can read the full article at:
76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalisation,
immigration, and vital records were added recently for the United
States. In addition, more than 24 million images from Italy have
been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on
FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this
week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech
Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia,
Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.
Details of the new releases can be found at: http://bit.ly/R33rTB
You can search these and other records for free at: https://familysearch.org/
This article explains about the inner workings of the
Ancestry.com Search Engine.
Enjoy reading at: http://bit.ly/N8HY5V