QFHS Snippets - April 2013 Volume 13, No. 4
Have you been to our Map Room lately? There are many new additions to help your research.
Use the Australian World War 1 Records Finder website to obtain service records and other information.
Could you be related to someone captured in a 100-year-old Burgowan Coal Co Ltd Photograph?
Share your feedback and suggestions to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- About This Newsletter
- QFHS Gaythorne Centre
- QFHS Dates to Remember
- QFHS Seminars
- QFHS Trout Game
- Recent Map Donations
- Queensland State Archives Saturday Openings
- Free Taxi Service to Queensland State Archives
- Queensland State Archives Seminar
- Toowong History Group
- Unwin Family Reunion
- Descendants of Moggill Pioneers
- Redcliffe & District Family History Group Open House
- Caloundra Family History Research Inc - Scotland Seminar
- Hovey Family 150 Years in Australia - Reunion
- Early Cemeteries of Brisbane - Heritage Walking/Coach Tour
- Trove - Recently Added Queensland Newspapers
- Research Project about Convicts Transported to Tasmania, Australia
- Australian WW1 Records Finder
- Gravestone photos
- Wises Maps: New Zealand
- Probate Index Brings Past to Life
- Database of British Slave Owners
- New Criminal Records and Their Victims Online
- Official Suffolk Regiment Website
- Aylesbury Gaol in the 1870s
- Bedfordshire Parish Marriage Registers Online
- Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society
- Gazetteers of Scotland (1803-1901) Online
- Irish Lives Remembered
- Irish Tithe Applotment Books
- Ireland's Morpeth Roll is Digitised
- Trinity College Library Dublin Digital Collections
- Limerick's Life
- Eastern North Carolina Family Bibles Online
- Watch the PBS Special, The War of 1812, Online
- Jefferson County, Ohio Courthouse Records Digitised
- Our Black Ancestry - African American Genealogy
- Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
- Historic Door County (Wisconsin) Newspapers Now Online
- Digitised Documents of Texas History
- My Primitive Methodist Ancestors
- Evidentia - Simplifying Source Centric
- Website Dedicated to First World Ward Centenary
- Burgowan Coal Co Ltd Photograph
- Family Tree is Live on FamilySearch.org for All Users!
- Genealogy Journals
- Plan for Deceased to Be Buried Standing Up
- Australia WWII Agent Nancy Wake's Ashes Scattered
- Can Scientists Learn How to Preserve Daguerreotypes?
- Life in the 1500's
2013 Meeting Dates
Military Records for Family Historians
Saturday, 20 April from 9am-12:30pm
More information is available at: http://www.qfhs.org.au/seminars/semFlyerMilitary.html
To make your booking, go to: http://www.qfhs.org.au/seminars/eb_military.asp
Convict Lives: Finding our Founders
Saturday, 1 June 2013 from 9am-12:30pm
More information is available at: http://www.qfhs.org.au/seminars/semFlyerConvicts.html
To make your booking, go to: http://www.qfhs.org.au/seminars/eb_convicts.asp
Allow yourself the privilege of having a fun day in family
history and play the Trout Game! The game simulates researching an
English family (the Trout family) using eleven types of records.
The aim is to see if you can get back to the 1500s. Use the game
to see how good a researcher you are using basic research
techniques not involving computers at all and find out why you may
have brick-walls in your research.
The Trout Game will be played on Sunday, 19 May 2013 from 10am to 4pm at QFHS Library. Cost is $5.00 which includes morning and afternoon tea (BYO lunch). To make your booking, contact Game Master Ann Swain via email at: email@example.com or telephone (07) 3352 5537. Numbers are limited and early bookings are essential.
An assortment of maps, which have been kindly donated in recent
times, are available for inspection and use in the QFHS Map Room.
The majority are Topographic folded pocket maps, published by
Ordnance Survey Ireland between 1984-2004 at scales ranging from
1/50000 - 1/126720. Other maps of United Kingdom include Central
London 1898, Liverpool 1903, Glasgow and some small towns to the
west. Check them out next time you are at our library!
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: http://bit.ly/JzSy5n
To book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
From 10 am to 11 am, Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Discover how to get the best out of ArchivesSearch, the Queensland State Archives' online catalogue. This seminar will teach you more advanced techniques to locate records of interest and will give useful tips for finding what you want.
To book your place, call (07) 3131 7777.
On Thursday, 4 April, QFHS Member Hilda Maclean will be the guest
speaker and will discuss: 'Toowong Cemetery - A Women's History'.
This presentation will focus on some of the lesser known aspects
of the social history of Toowong Cemetery and Brisbane during the
Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Toowong History Group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7pm to 9 pm at the Toowong State School Historical Library with entry via Kate Street (off Sylvan Road). Tea and coffee are available following the meeting.
Family and friends of the late Alfred and Kate Unwin, their son
Herbert and daughters Mollie, Elsie, Roma , Olive, Madge, Renee
and Jess, earlier of Commissioner's Flat and later of Hendy
Street, Woodford are invited to a family reunion.
It will be held from 12 noon on Sunday, 7 April 2013 at Woodford. Please bring any photos or memorabilia you wish to share. BYO picnic lunch (tea and coffee are facilities available). For more information, contact Michelle Short on mobile: 0419 655 258 or email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to a pleasant Sunday afternoon with fellow
descendants and friends at Moggill Cemetery on Sunday, 7 April
from 2pm. Enjoy a chat and afternoon tea. B.Y.O. afternoon
tea to share, a mug and a chair. Hot water, sugar and milk are
Feel free to invite family members and friends and anyone else interested and share your family's history with other descendants of Moggill pioneers. Everyone is welcome. Inquiries to Don Greer on (07) 3202 6244 or email: email@example.com
You are cordially invited to attend Redcliffe & District
Family History Group's annual Open House on 20 April, from 10am to
3pm at Clontarf Scout Den, Isobel Street, Clontarf. Ample
off-street parking is available. Admission is free with light
Enquiries to Leonne on (07) 3885 3533 or visit their website at:
You are invited to attend a Scotland Seminar to be held on
Saturday, 20 April at Guide Hut, Arthur Street, Caloundra from 1pm
to 4pm. The $20 entry fee includes afternoon tea. A discounted
entry fee of $15 is offered to QFHS members. The day's programme
Further information is available from Roz on (07) 5493 1197 or
Are you related to Carl Heinrich Friedrich Howe/Hovey &
Catherina Martha Fredrika Meier/Meyer? Help celebrate the 150 Year
Anniversary of the arrival of Carl Heinrich Friedrich Howe/Hovey
& Catherina Martha Fredrika Meier/Meyer in Australia on 5
September 1863 aboard the Beausite with their 7 children:
The celebration will be held on Sunday, 8 September 2013 at
Samford (Location TBA). Please bring any photos or memorabilia you
wish to share. Bring your own picnic lunch. For more information,
contact Peter Hovey on 0409 848 115 or (07) 5476 6797 or via email
You will be surprised by how much you can learn about a city by
visiting its cemeteries. Sunday, 19 May from 9:30am to 12:30pm -
cost is $25.
To book your place, phone (07) 3223 6606 (Monday-Thursday) or
For other Brisbane heritage information go to: http://www.brisbanelivingheritage.org/
You'll find these newspapers and many more at: http://trove.nla.gov.au/
Founders & Survivors is a partnership between historians,
genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. It
seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men
women and children who were transported to Tasmania. Many survived
their convict experience and went on to help build a new society.
By examining birth, death and marriage records and other
historical sources, the project will produce the means of
analysing the health and welfare of Australians over the past 200
By linking information about transported convicts to birth, death and marriage records for 19th century Tasmania, the project can create one of the richest pre-20th century sources of information for a population that can be followed from cradle to grave. The project has captured 1,000,000 lines of data relating to people who lived in 19th century Tasmania.
You can search for a convict and read the transcriptions of
his/her records at: http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/
Search for people across the Australian War Memorial, National
Archives Australia and Commonwealth War Graves Commission
databases with one easy click.
Go to: http://wraggelabs.com/ww1-records/
You may be lucky and find a lost relative. A lot of information
can be gained free of charge, but if you want a copy there is a
Go to: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemeteries.php?country=Au
This site has a searchable map to find streets, localities and
businesses. Go to: http://www.wises.co.nz/
More than a million images of probate records from Wellington,
Auckland and Christchurch have been digitised and indexed at
Archives New Zealand in a joint venture between FamilySearch and
You can find more details in an article at: http://archives.govt.nz/about/news/2013/03/probate-index-brings-past-life
This new database allows researchers to check if their ancestors
owned slaves. The database includes a listing of thousands of
people who received compensation for loss of their "possessions"
when slave ownership was outlawed by Britain in 1833. The database
has details of around 46,000 individual claims and awards made to
those who either owned slaves or benefited indirectly from
ownership. The database contains information about the payments
made to former slave-owners.
You can find the new database of British slave owners at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/
The database does not list names of slaves. Instead, it lists the names of their owners. However, registers of the enslaved are held by the National Archives.
You can read an account of them on the Moving Here site at http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/caribbean/lifeevents/lifeevents.htm#slaveregisters
However, those registers are not yet available online.
These cover the period 1817-1931 and includes over half a million
records. Available via subscription or free to members at the
library at: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/
Do you have ancestors who served in the Suffolk Regiment? This
website contains a wealth of information on the history,
campaigns, archives, records and the museum of this famous
You'll find it at: http://www.suffolkregiment.org/welcome.html
This online database has details of prisoners entering the County
Gaol in Aylesbury in the 1870s. The information has been taken
from gaol receiving books held at the Centre for Buckinghamshire
Studies. Some entries may include photographs, whilst others just
include basic details of the inmate's crime, and their punishment.
Go to: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/bcc/archives/ea_libprisoners.page
Steven Gibbs has indexed the marriages of the parishes of the Bedfordshire (England) Registration District, from 1837 to 1901. These years were not extracted for the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and apparently are not available online anyplace else.
The effort is still "in progress" but already thousands of
marriage extracts can be found for free at: http://www.sgibbs1.freeserve.co.uk/ParishRegistersPage.htm
This site will frustrate you but if you have a connection with
the town, persevere. There is a wealth of information here -
especially House to House guide with some occupants named from
1836 to 2012, and much more.
Check it out at: http://www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/
20 volumes of the most popular descriptive gazetteers of Scotland
in the 19th century are newly available. Places in Scotland -
including towns, counties, castles, glens, antiquities and
parishes - are listed alphabetically. The entries include detailed
historical and geographical information about each place. The text
from the gazetteers has been transcribed and can be searched by
Hopefully, you will find that elusive ancestor at: http://digital.nls.uk/gazetteers-of-scotland-1803-1901/pageturner.cfm?id=97491608
This free online ezine is available at: http://irishlivesremembered.com/
You can also subscribe for a free publication alert on this page.
The National Archives of Ireland has made the Tithe Applotment
Books available free on line. It is an excellent resource that
needs a little patience. John Grenhams in the Irish Times says to
not blame the staff at the archives for errors. Some transcribers
did not realise that some Civil Parishes have the same name, so
some are in the wrong county.
Go to: http://www.titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/
One of Ireland's most extraordinary historic documents, the
420-metre long Morpeth Roll, has been digitised and is being made
available online. The unique testimonial document, on 652 pieces
of paper, was signed by over 160,000 people across Ireland in
1841. It was a parting gift for George Howard, the Lord Viscount
Morpeth, when he left his post as Chief Secretary for Ireland.
You can read more at: http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0314/376639-morpeth-roll/
This site has been launched by Trinity College, Dublin. This
digital collection is free, and you will be amazed at what it
contains. You can search through the database of books, maps,
paintings, manuscripts and photographs.
Check it out at: http://www.digitalcollections.tcd.ie/
The Limerick's Life website was created in an effort to record
the local history of Limerick City. Through extensive research,
both on-foot and on-line, we have compiled historical articles
that attempt to answer these questions.
Throughout the pages of the this website you will find interesting stories, historic letters, in-depth articles, as well as old and new photographs and maps to present a unique perspective of the history of this great city.
You'll find Limerick's Life website at: http://limerickslife.com/trace-your-limerick-family-history/
The New Bern-Craven County Public Library's Family Bibles
Collection is online, featuring Bibles that date from 1723 to the
mid-1900s, with information on many families in Eastern North
To view the Family Bible Collection, visit: http://bit.ly/16gNHiZ
This is a very interesting documentary on the story of America's
second revolution. It is feature of a website, where you can learn
more about this war.
The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history - how failures are quickly forgotten - how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.
Enjoy viewing at: http://video.pbs.org/video/2089393539
Original records obtained from the Jefferson County Courthouse
that include common pleas records, naturalisations, criminal
records, coroners' records, inventories to estates, veterans'
documents and various other records can be found at this free
Go to: http://www.jeffcochapter.com/
Our Black Ancestry (OBA) is dedicated to providing information
and services that help people explore and appreciate African
American family history and culture. OBA hopes to contribute to
building an African American genealogical legacy that goes far
beyond the mere recording of names, dates and places into the
realm of using genealogy to promote positive community and family
For more information, look at: http://www.ourblackancestry.com/
One computer expert working alone has built a collection of
digitised historic newspapers. Armed only with a few personal
computers and a cheap microfilm scanner, Tom Tryniski has scanned
more than 21,790,000 old New York State historical newspaper
You can access Tom Tryniski's web site at for free at: http://fultonhistory.com/
You can watch a video describing Tom Tryniski's efforts at: http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/03/05/amateur-beats-gov-at-digitizing-newspape
"Unknown No Longer: A Virginia Slave Name Database" contains information about slaves, including records kept by slave owners in Virginia. The database seeks to lift from the obscurity of unpublished historical records as much biographical detail as remains of the enslaved Virginians named in those documents. In some cases there may only be a name on a list; in others more details survive, including family relationships, occupations, and life dates.
The project certainly is not complete. The database presently
contains more than 1,500 slave names and the society is constantly
adding more names.
"Unknown No Longer: A Virginia Slave Name Database" is
available free of charge at: http://unknownnolonger.vahistorical.org/
Thanks to a recent digitisation project, more than 60 years of
Door County newspapers are now available online. The 6,325 issues
include 12 newspaper titles which were published in Door County
between 1862 and 1923.
You can access the newspapers at: http://www.doorcountynewspapers.org/
The University of North Texas operates the Portal to Texas
History, a researcher's paradise where anyone with a computer can
browse thousands of books, maps, photographs and newspapers for
The portal currently has 127,604 issues of newspapers in total; with most from small towns and about half being printed before 1923, with some printed as early as the 1820s.
You can find the portal to Texas History website at: http://texashistory.unt.edu/
This site provides a vehicle for sharing information and research
about every aspect of Primitive Methodism.
You can share memories, photos, research and stories. http://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/
A new kind of software tool! It offers a free 30 day trial for
those who like to investigate new genealogy software.
Check it out at: http://evidentia.ed4becky.net/
2014 will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World
War. This website will highlight centenary events and resources
from across the globe.
Go to: http://www.1914.org/
A member of QFHS is in the possession of a professionally taken
and framed photograph (660mm x 510mm) of the Directors and
Shareholders of the Burgowan Coal Co Ltd taken around 100 years
ago. The mine was situated about 3 miles from Torbanlea and
apparently named after the Burgowan cattle station, about 20 miles
south west of Maryborough. Named in the photograph are members of
the Wilson, Yeates, Kerr, Proctor, Ries, Hamilton, Sneddon and
Matters families. It was given to our member by a member of the
Rehder family who has no interest in it.
If you think you may have a connection with a family mentioned
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
This new database contains information about millions of deceased
individuals and you are invited to add your information as well.
You can access the Family Tree by going to https://www.familysearch.org/
and clicking on 'Family Tree' near the top of the page. You
will need to sign in. If you do not yet have a user name and
password, you can sign up at the same web page. Everything on the
web site is available free of charge.
You can read more in an article in the FamilySearch Blog at: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/family-tree-live-familysearchorg-users/
The Directory of Open Access Journals offers the full text of a
wide range of journals and articles. Using the keyword "Genealogy"
returns over 270 results in several languages and across several
disciplines. Included are DNA results from specific studies,
treatises on Genetic Genealogy, and well as articles about the
impact of the internet and genealogical tourism.
Go to: http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=search&template=&uiLanguage=en&query=genealogy
Deceased people would be buried standing up under a Darwin
council plan to make better use of space at cemeteries. The
council has asked the Northern Territory Government's Local
Government Department to investigate if people can be buried feet
first. The council also wants to see if up to three people can be
buried in a grave in a "horizontal stack". It made the requests
after the government department began a review of the NT
Read more in an article at: http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/03/12/318451_ntnews.html
The ashes of Australia's most decorated World War II
servicewoman, former saboteur and spy Nancy Wake, have been
scattered at a ceremony in France. The service took place in a
forest near the village of Verneix.
You can read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21735824
Daguerreotypes are the first photographic images, formed by a
process Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented in 1839.
Daguerreotype photography was the only commercially successful
method of photography in the United States prior to the Civil War.
Daguerreotype quality was outstanding, in some cases producing
better black-and-white photographs than do today's consumer
cameras. Sadly, Daguerreotype photographs may be deteriorating
before our eyes. No one knows exactly why, or how to save them.
This interesting article describes research to prevent the
deterioration of Daguerreotype photographs at: http://www.rochester.edu/pr/Review/V75N4/0404_daguerreotypes.html
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelt pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour.
Baths equalled a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all were the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water".
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor".
Sometimes they could obtain pork and would feel really special when that happened. When company came over, they would bring out some bacon and hang it to show it off. It was a sign of wealth and that a man "could really bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat.".
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the "upper crust".