QFHS Snippets - December 2012 Volume 12, No. 12
As we near the end of 2012, the Snippets team wishes you - our members a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season.
Remember that the QFHS library will close from Monday, 17 December 2012 and re-open on Monday, 14 January 2013.
Would you like to read more articles from Snippets? Back-issues are available from our website at: http://qfhs.org.au/snippets.html/
We welcome your contributions and feedback. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next year - Happy researching!
- About This Newsletter
- QFHS Gaythorne Centre
- QFHS Dates to Remember
- Microfiche Stocktake - Volunteers Required
- Queensland State Archives Saturday Openings
- Free Taxi Service to Queensland State Archives
- Getting Started Seminar - Queensland State Archives
- Queensland State Archives Christmas Closure
- Assisted Immigration 1848-1912
- Gaol Photographs (1870-1930) for Various NSW Gaols
- "Dumaresq Island, Manning River - Chronicles of the Early Days"
- Police Gazette of Western Australia 1876-1900
- The Spirits of Gallipoli
- 150th Anniversary of the Sinking of HMS Orpheus
- Millions of Pages of Historical British Newspapers Added to findmypast.co.uk
- York - 150,000 Marriage Licences From 1613-1839
- Deceased Online
- First World War Nurses' Service Records
- Genealogy Site Publishes Old Scottish Wills
- Status Report Concerning Early Release of the Irish 1926 Census
- Irish Genealogy Lecture Notes
- Morpeth's Roll
- New York's World War II Soldier Data Now Available Online
- Chicago Genealogist Now On-line
- Familysearch.org New United States Records
- Warsaw, Indiana's Oakwood Cemetery Graves Are Now Online
- Dysentery Epidemic Killed Many in the 1700s-1800s
- Shareholders Sue Ancestry.com
- Ancestry FAQ
- Who Left Henry Lefebvre's Ashes at the Carwash?
- All I Want For Christmas
2013 Meeting Dates
Help please! We're doing a stocktake of the Society's microfiche
records and volunteers are required for Monday, 17 and possibly
Tuesday, 18 December.
If you have some spare time and can assist, please contact Lyn
Hooper via email at: email@example.com
or telephone on (07) 3855 3179.
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,
For more details, go to: http://bit.ly/H4ubPc
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:
To book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
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, 4 December from 2 pm to 4 pm, will provide you with the basics you need to start your research at Queensland State Archives. The seminar includes a short tour. Entry is free. To book your spot, call (07) 3131 7777.
If you are unable to attend this seminar, you may view the
Getting Started PowerPoint presentation at: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/Whatson/Pages/Seminars.aspx
Queensland State Archives will be closed for the Christmas/New
Year break from Tuesday, 25 December 2012 and will re-open on
Wednesday, 2 January 2013 from 9am to 4:30pm
Queensland State Archives has released a new index that provides
direct access to digital copies of the original shipping registers
for passengers and vessel arrivals arriving in Queensland
Enjoy searching at: http://bit.ly/P0INTP
There is also a short video on the website demonstrating how to use the new online index at: http://bit.ly/Ui0Wez
You can use this site to search by name or gaol. The record
usually includes a mug shot of prisoner and a list of convictions.
Photographs can be ordered online.
The photographs can be viewed at: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/indexesold/searchform.aspx?id=22
This book covers the years from 1852 to 1938, and gives an
insight into the efforts of the community in establishing one of
the most fertile farmlands on the Manning River. The book is in A4
format, 150 pages, costs $25, postage free within Australia.
Further details, including an alphabetical index from this new
book are available at: http://www.gownewspaperindexes.com.au/dumaresq.html
The Police Gazette of Western Australia (1876 onwards) is a
valuable resource for researching police and criminals in Western
Check it out at: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/eresources/police_gazettes
This project hopes to provide details of available information on
the men of the Australian Imperial Force who are either buried or
commemorated at Gallipoli. It will provide details of sources,
including reference books, newspapers and general sources where
photos and information on the men can be found.
Take a look at: http://www.spirits-of-gallipoli.com/index.htm
On 7 February 1863, the HMS Orpheus sank off the west coast of
Auckland, New Zealand. Of the 259 people on board, 189 perished
making it the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand waters. There
are plans to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy on 7
February 2013. The West Auckland Historical Society would like to
hear from any descendants of any of the survivors. Though many
settled in the area, many also moved on to different parts of the
You can view a list of the survivors at: http://www.ffhs.org.uk/ezine/articles/orpheus.php
and if you are a descendant of those who survived, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
findmypast.co.uk has just published millions of pages of
historical newspapers from across England, Wales and Scotland. The
new collection contains local newspapers for the period 1710-1950.
More than 200 titles are included and the company promises to add
You can read more in the findmypast.co.uk blog at: http://bit.ly/Ui1cKF
This is an index to the Dean and Chapter of York's Marriage Bonds
and Allegations. Apart from the Diocese and the Archbishops'
peculiar jurisdictions of Hexhamshire in Northumberland, the index
also includes parishes in Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and
Available via subscription at: http://www.origins.net/welcome.aspx
Deceased Online have recently made available the burial records
for Tonge Cemetery, Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom. There are
plans to add all seven cemeteries and also those of Overdale
Available at: http://www.deceasedonline.co.uk/
Over 15,000 service records for nurses who served in WW1 are now
available to search and download at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/army-nurses-service-records.htm
A picture of life in Scotland during the early 20th century can
be viewed with the publication of thousands of wills and
testaments online. The records of 267,548 people who died in the
country between 1902 and 1925, have been put on the
ScotlandsPeople website by the National Records of Scotland.
The wills can be viewed at: http://media.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.html
Progress on the early release of the Irish 1926 census has slowed
down in recent months. However, there is no substance to recent
rumours that the delay has been caused by the issue of redaction
of sensitive data relating to people (alive or not) who have as
yet not reached their 100th birthday.
You can read more details at: http://bit.ly/RTGKRN
In August 2012, the National Library of Ireland hosted the
"20x20" lunchtime series of talks on Irish family history. The
assembled experts included genealogists and broadcasters,
librarians and archivists, writers and publishers, academics and a
medical geneticist. The wide range of expertise on show every day
was a show-case of Irish genealogy at its best.
In response to public feedback we are now making available the overheads of each of the talks or a synopsis, available online at: http://www.eneclann.ie/20x20
The Morpeth Roll is a unique testimonial document signed by over 275,000 people across Ireland in 1841, on the departure of George Howard, Lord Morpeth, from the office of Chief Secretary for Ireland. The Testimonial Roll, which is wrapped around a gigantic bobbin, is 429 metres in length and holds around 250,000 signatures gathered from across the whole of Ireland in just four weeks.
The Roll, essentially a pre-famine census, is currently being
digitised to facilitate online searches for ancestors or family
You can find out more at: http://bit.ly/YkoPbO
When 28,969 New York National Guard soldiers mobilised in 1940 as
the United States prepared for war, clerks filled out six-by-four
inch cards on each individual. Now, those records listing names,
serial number, home and unit, and later annotated with
hand-written notes on whether or not the soldier was killed or
wounded - are available online from the New York State Military
Museum. Information available includes date, city, state and
country of birth; ID number; hometown, unit; rank; as well as
enlistment and separation dates.
The data can be searched at: http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/
You can read more in an article at: http://bit.ly/VicAqK
The Chicago Genealogical Society and the Newberry Library have
created a new digital collection, the Chicago Genealogist. The
online database contains images of the Chicago Genealogist, a
quarterly journal published continuously since 1969 by the Chicago
Genealogical Society. The easily searchable online collection is
free to the public and contains volumes 1-39 (1969-2007).
This collection allows the researcher to search by keyword - a surname, church or school name, and Chicago neighbourhood in a way not possible previously.
You can learn more at: http://www.newberry.org/chicago-genealogist-now-line
The database is available at: http://bit.ly/SCR3Iy
Fore more details, go to: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=22914
This new online database is now available of the burials in the
Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana. Oakwood Cemetery has
photographed and mapped 95 percent of its 70 acres and 18,000
graves. The database is online and available to the public. It
also includes GPS locations of each tombstone.
You can read the entire article at: http://goo.gl/dN0kb
In the 1700s-1800s, dysentery was a disease causing many deaths,
possibly including some of your ancestors or other relatives. In
fact, in some areas in Sweden 90 percent of all deaths were due to
dysentery during the worst outbreaks. A new doctoral thesis in
history by a researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,
presents demographic and medical history of the disease.
Dysentery has almost disappeared in the Western world. Yet prior to the decline in infectious diseases among causes of death in the 1800s, dysentery was a major killer. While this study focused only on Sweden, similar problems existed throughout Europe and North America.
You can read more about the study in Sweden at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121025095407.htm
Just days after Ancestry.com Inc. announced it planned to sell to
Permira Advisers LLP, a London-based private equity firm
shareholders are suing the world's largest family history website,
saying the company passed over a better offer to buy, thus
You can read more in an article at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=22678
Is there a way to filter out US data?
You can use the advanced search option to select the country you want to look for. Then check the "Show only records from these collections" box. This will filter out everything other than records from your country of choice. Currently there is no way to search for more than one country at a time.
What is the next collection to be released?
The NSW Police Gazettes 1854-1930. These should be available before Christmas.
These answers were provided courtesy of Brad Argent, Content Director for Ancestry.
An unknown patron of the OB Suds carwash left behind a heavy
metal box labelled "Henry Lefebvre: April 30, 1995" from Secure
Crematorium in one of the carwash's bays. The carwash owner turned
the box over to the Ocean Beach Main Street Association (OBMA) to
help solve the mystery. A group of genealogists offered to help
track down Lefebvre's relatives. The genealogists found a niece in
Australia who, in turn, contacted another relative in Douglas,
Arizona, who then contacted another relative in California.
You can read the full story and the story's postscript (at the
bottom of the page) at: http://bit.ly/WBj9Uz
Dear Santa: Don't bring me new dishes,
I don't need a new kind of game.
Genealogists have peculiar wishes
For Christmas I just want a surname.
A new washing machine would be great,
But it's not the desire of my life.
I've just found an ancestor's birth date;
What I need now is the name of his wife.
My heart doesn't yearn for a ring
That would put a real diamond to shame.
What I want is a much cheaper thing;
Please give me Mary's last name.
To see my heart singing with joy,
Don't bring me a read leather suitcase,
Bring me a genealogist's toy;
A surname with dates and a place.
~ Author Unknown ~