QFHS Snippets - June 2013 Volume 13, No. 6
new format of QFHS "Snippets" as promised last month has been
deferred due to unforseen circumstances...
Join us at our Annual General Meeting where we elect a new honorary Management Committee.
Learn about the new classes and courses QFHS is now offering.
Do you know what the most popular names for children in Australia are? Find out in this edition.
We enjoy receiving your suggestions and feedback sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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information - please note.
QFHS Monthly General Meetings are held each month excepting January and December and the third Wednesday of each month. Attendance at the meetings, held at the QFHS Library, is free, and visitors are most welcome.
2013 Meeting Dates
QFHS Daytime Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (but not in January or when the first Monday of the month is a public holiday. Then it is held on the second Monday of that month) at 20 Marmont Street, Geebung from 10am - 12 Noon.
The next meeting will be held on 3 June, 2013.
Contact Maureen Mutton on 3265 4378 if you would like to attend.
Central European Group
Meetings are held 10am - Noon on the 4th Saturday of each odd-numbered month. A $2 donation goes toward purchasing relevant records.
The next meeting will be on 27 July at the QFHS library.
For further information, contact Eric Kopittke on (07) 3376 4339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
English West Country Group
This group researches the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Meetings are held from 12 Noon - 2pm at the QFHS Library, on the fourth Thursday of the odd-numbered months.
Next meeting: Thursday, 25 July.
For further information contact Robert Browning on (07) 3261 1084 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family History Writing Group
These meetings are held from 9am - 11am at QFHS Library on the third Saturday of odd-numbered months.
Next meeting: Saturday, 20 July.
For further information contact FHWriters@qfhs.org.au or Robert Adamson on (07) 3357 8138 or Sue Reid on (07) 3378 2278.
Irish Interest Group
Meetings are held from 10am - 12 Noon at QFHS Library on the second Saturday of the even-numbered months (not December).
Next meeting: 8 June
For more information about the Irish Interest Group, contact Mary King on (07) 3205 3353 or email email@example.com
Scottish Interest Group
Meetings are held from 10am - 12 Noon at QFHS Library on the second Saturday of odd-numbered months (except January). Donations to buy more Scottish resources are welcome.
Next meeting: Saturday, 13 July.
For further information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR phone Sam on (07) 3266 9131
Welsh Interest Group
This group meets on the fourth Sunday of the odd numbered months from 10am - 12 Noon at the QFHS Library.
Next meeting is: Sunday, 28 July.
Contact Kaye Hart on email@example.com for further information.
Member Orientations - 'Old' and New Members Welcome
You will almost certainly learn new stuff about the Society, and helpful hints about using the Library and researching, all in a friendly atmosphere and informal setting. New members are especially welcome.
The next orientations will be held on:Saturday, 15 June - starting at 9:30am
are limited to allow full participation. BOOKING is ESSENTIAL. Please note:
Sessions are usually fully booked, with a waiting list, so please advise the
organisers as soon as possible if you find you are unable to attend when you
have a booking. Contact Bev Bonning on (07) 3355 7389 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Tree Maker User Group
These meetings run from 10am - 11:30am at QFHS Library and are held on first Friday each month except January and last Saturday in each even-numbered month except December.
The next meetings will be held on:
For further details, please contact Kerri Kleidon or Joe
Greaves via e-mail on: email@example.com
The Master Genealogist (TMG) User Group
This group caters to the needs of all users, from novice to advanced. The group meets in the QFHS Library on the third Saturday of each month (except December) at 1:30pm.
Next meeting is 15 June.
For further information, contact George Kearney on 0438 073 344 or Kevin Haley on (07) 3359 7491.
V-Library is the Society's new library catalogue, replacing BIBL. You may search using v-Library from any of the Society's networked computers. It will eventually be available for you to search from home via the Society's website.
On Saturday, 6 July 2013, we are offering three identical one-hour sessions
to enable you to learn more about the library catalogue, v-Library and help you
realise the full range of resources in the QFHS Library and Resource Centre.
The sessions will run from 9-10am, 10am-11am and 11:30am-12:30pm. Cost is $11 for members, $15 non-members. Bookings are essential with a limit of 9 people per session.
Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name, membership number if applicable, and which session you wish to attend.
Please note: for the above sessions, acceptance of any application for is subject to the availability of seats. Registering does not automatically guarantee a place. Acceptance will be determined by the sequence in which the coordinator is notified of registrations, and she/he will notify if the registration is successful or not.
Beginning in July 2013, your Society will be
holding seminars, workshops, and classes on some Friday mornings. These will
usually take place on the second Friday morning of the month.
Workshop: How to Search Effectively on findmypast
Friday, 12 July 2013 in the Computer Room. Time: 10am-11:30am
Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke
Findmypast holds many treasures for the researcher - records from Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, and the US. Come and learn how to search more effectively and unlock those treasures.
Workshop: QFHS Electronic Resources
Friday, 9 August 2013 in Computer Room. Time: 10am-11:30am
Presenter: Geoff Morgan
This hands-on session will delve into the range of electronic resources available on the QFHS network.
The cost for each workshop is $11 for Members and $15 for Non-members. Bookings are required with numbers limited to 9 people. Book your spot by emailing: email@example.com, giving your name, membership number if applicable, and which session you wish to attend.
On Saturday, 24 August 2013 from 9am to 12:30pm, Carole Riley, author of Land Records for Family Historians in Australia and New Zealand and QFHS member and archivist Nola Fulwood, will be the presenters of this seminar.
For more information, go to: http://www.qfhs.org.au/seminars/semFlyerLand.html
To book your spot, go to: http://www.qfhs.org.au/ or the QFHS library.
On Thursday, 6 June, Dr Jim Legessner who is one of Queensland's
distinguished historians, biographers and memoir writers will talk about
'Cloudland'. For many of us Cloudland dredges up wonderful, scintillating
images from our past. Who could forget Cloudland's beautiful pink dome, nestled
high up against a twinkling, starry sky? Can you remember ascending the hill by
means of the alpine (funicular) railway and nostalgic thoughts of elegant
balls, ballroom dances, jives and the stomp, fancy dress, school formals, Billo
Smith's band, and sitting for exams at the opulent, spacious dance hall?
On Thursday, 4 July, Caroline Hamilton from the Centenary Suburbs Historical Society will give us a glimpse of the history of the nearby Centenary Suburbs and surrounds starting from when farmers came to settle in the 1860s, including the Sinnamon family at 17 Mile Rocks, through to the development of the Centenary Suburbs in 1959+.
Toowong History Group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7pm - 9pm at Toowong State School Historical Library- entry via Kate Street (off Sylvan Road). Tea and coffee are available following the meeting. Due to the success of our first book: Toowong: A Community's History no fees or membership are required - everyone is welcome. Phone (07) 3870 9538 if you live locally and would like a lift to the meeting.
For more details, contact Marilyn England on: firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition features antiques, artefacts, photographs and archival material that documents and celebrates the cultural heritage of St Mary's College and St Mary's Primary School.
The exhibition will be on display until 10 June and is open from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Ipswich Art Gallery is at d'Arcy Place, Ipswich.
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
From 10am-11am on Tuesday, 18 June. This seminar provides researchers with an introduction to our searchable catalogue ArchivesSearch. The catalogue can be accessed online or in the
Public Search Room at Queensland State Archives. Entry is free.
Learn about the Queensland State Archives' collection and how best to find the information you are seeking. This seminar, presented by one of our experienced reference archivists, provides you with the basis you need to start your research at Queensland State Archives. This seminar will be held from 10am to 12 Noon on Tuesday, 23 July. The seminar includes a short tour. Entry is free.
To book your place in either seminar, call (07) 3131 7777 or email: email@example.com
For those who find it difficult to get to the Queensland State Archives (QSA), there is a taxi service for researchers available every Tuesday. Information can be obtained at: http://bit.ly/JzSy5n
To book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
The State Library of Queensland has published a toolkit to assist local collectors to digitise their collections and make them accessible and discoverable.
TextQueensland is a free website that presents full-text searchable documents from Queensland's colonial and state history.
Happy reading at: http://www.textqueensland.com.au/about
For further details on this group, please email the Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Roz on (07) 5493 1197.
You can check out their informative website at: http://www.caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au/
Ancestry.co.uk has added a new collection of Industrial School records, Court Ordered Admissions, Apprenticeships, Discharges and more.
This is a subscription site, but available to members for free at the QFHS library.
To date 746 Macquarie era pioneers have been added to this online index. You may find a family member or you can add your own pioneer.
This includes not only German, but some Wendish names as well.
Enjoy searching at: http://www.familienarchiv-papsdorf.de/ozcemeteries.htm
The National Library of Australia has commissioned a research company, Gundabluey Research, to help evaluate customer satisfaction with Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/)
Your participation will contribute to the ongoing development and improvement of the Trove service. The online survey will take around 15 minutes to complete depending on your experience, and every completed survey goes into the draw for one of ten $100 Coles Myer vouchers or one of 20 Trove T-shirts.
Jack has wrested back the crown from William while Charlotte has claimed the title for the first time. While Australia's top two boys' names have tussled for pole position for the past seven years, Charlotte jumped from seventh place to first, taking the title from Ruby.
The 6.5 million cards, formerly held by the Ministry of Defence, were saved from destruction by the Western Front Association. They contain biographical data, details of the recipient's injuries (or death) and the names and birth dates for eligible dependent-payees.
Go to: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b727059489ecdacccf6340260&id=eac21e0db4&e=6faecadd26 for details of the agreement.
A Look-up Request is available at: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-current-news/pension-records.html - Payment of a fee is required.
The Genealogist has added a major new collection including more than 600,000 fully searchable records of those wounded, captured, missing-in-action, or killed, abstracted from weekly casualty reports dated 1917-1918.
This is a subscription site available for free at the QFHS library.
More details are available at: http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/feb13_casualty_lists.php
The museum has an online search option for Records of Service of officers in the Essex County Constabulary from 1880 to present. It's free to search but a full copy of records will cost yy20.
For a registration fee of A$11 you get access to 24,000 Scottish BDMs and hundreds of newspaper stories from 1849-1854.
There are lots of helpful ideas available at this free online search facility.
Have fun at: http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/
The National Archives of Ireland has made a substantial addition to their genealogical collection with the release of a new database called Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858-1920. Basically, the database contains an index of wills and associated letters of administration in Ireland.
You'll find the database at: http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/search/cwa/
For Northern Ireland records from 1918 go to: http://www.proni.gov.uk/
This covers not only Census records, but Tithe Applotment Books, Soldiers' Wills and Calendars of Wills and Administrations to 1922.
Tourism Ireland has announced that 2013 is to be Ireland's "Family
History Year" in a bid to encourage people around the world to find out
more about their Irish ancestry. Hundreds of clan gatherings, as well as
genealogy and local history events, are planned all over Ireland this year, as
part of The Gathering Ireland 2013.
With an estimated 70 million people across the world claiming links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Tourism Ireland is actively reaching out to our diaspora this year.
You can watch a video of Ireland's Family History Year at: http://youtu.be/dpFlqOvgtPE
A study of people in 40 countries illustrates long-established changes in Europe's population. Going back a few thousand years, researchers find that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else.
The Huns and the Slavs made incursions into Eastern Europe about 1,500 years ago. Migrants moved from Ireland to England in recent centuries. Populations in Italy and Spain have been comparatively stable. None of this is breaking news. But scientists were able to see it anew by examining the patterns of genes in 2,257 people now living in 40 countries on the continent.
You can read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-european-dna-20130508,0,6298389.story
If you thought the Aussie baby name list was weird, just wait until you see the American one - it seems they've been influenced by everything from Game of Thrones to The Hunger Games to Twilight and the Bible. But talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.
From 1790 through 1960, census enumerators visited households and recorded a lot of information about the residents, including race. However, in 1970, the Census Bureau switched to mail-in surveys where the individual self-identified their own race. The results were dramatic. The racial percentages in America changed overnight.
You can read the article and view some pictures of past enumerators at work at: http://www.psmag.com/culture/census-data-collection-changed-race-in-america-57221/
These indexes include records of Irish, Russian, German and Italian passengers.
This interesting article clears up some popular misconceptions about genealogy: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&sourceId=e50a05481ae6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____
This web site contains hundreds of audio and video samples of speech all over North America. You can view North American English Dialects site at: http://aschmann.net/AmEng/
An article by Jill Krasny states: "People curious about family history spent a whopping $2.3 billion on genealogy products and services last year, according to a study by market research firm Global Industry Analysts. They took most of their work to sites like Ancestry.com, which charge between $22.95 and $34.59 per month for access to billions of pertinent records. One-on-one consultations set them back $2,000 to $5,000 per session, depending on the length and complexity of the project".
You can read the full article at: http://mashable.com/2013/05/03/digital-family-tree/
A family reunion is being held for the
descendants of Noel Gorton and Elizabeth (aka Betsy) Adams on Saturday, 5
October 2013 from 9:30am at the Nabiac Showground Hall, Nabiac Street, Nabiac,
New South Wales. Noel and Elizabeth were married in 1850 in West Maitland.
Noel's occupation was that of a wheelwright and they resided in Stroud until
Noel's death in 1877.
Noel and Elizabeth had 11 children with 8 surviving into adulthood. They are: George Lester, John Alpin, Noel Ellar, William Lovell, Joseph Lewin, Mary Ada, Thomas Edgar, Edwin Ernest, Charlotte Letitia, Elizabeth Ethel and Louisa Eva. Associated names include Bailey, Britton, Boulden, Fernance, Hancock and Harragon.
Contact with descendants is sought for inclusion in the family tree and reunion mailing list. For any enquiries, please contact Joanne Gorton via mobile on: 0418 865 556 or email: email@example.com or on Facebook under Gorton Family Reunion 2013.
On Sunday 6 October, visit Stroud, home of our ancestors to see the sites at your own pace and gather for a B.Y.O. lunch at the showground.
For catering purposes RSVP by 31 July 2013. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for high school students with primary school students free which includes morning and afternoon tea. Please BYO lunch.
The Society's Brisbane Chapter will next meet on Sunday, 28 July.
General Secretary Robert Nash is coming from Sydney to tell us about
"The Secret History: the Huguenot contribution to the Foundation of
The meeting commences at 2 pm, at the meeting room next to the library at Toowong Village in Brisbane.
Come by train, bus, ferry or car - plenty of parking is available. Admission is 'by gold coin donation'.
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