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Brick Wall Workshop

November 14, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$35 – $50

Do you have an ancestor that you can’t find in a census or find his or her birth/baptism or marriage? When you do a search, are there so many entries that you can’t work out how to narrow them down or know which ones to choose to view? This frustrating experience – hitting the brick wall – occurs to all family historians at some time.  Sometimes the problem can be easily resolved, sometimes unusual sources may need to be consulted and sometimes research needs to be reviewed to find further clues.

This very practical, problem solving workshop will be of interest to people who have tried – they believe – all possible avenues of research and have come up with a blank. There will be very experienced family historians on hand to guide you, offering suggestions, helping you to prove or disprove your findings. A bonus will be the other participants who can also share advice on the tips and tricks they have tried.

Attendees will work with the presenters in a group, sharing ideas and identifying possible avenues for research. Following the guided collaborative session, attendees can then choose to continue researching in the library and/or on computers with assistance from the presenters.

This workshop is designed to help you look for alternative sources of information, whilst ensuring that you have considered the more common records and the clues which can be found in them – the presenters will not do the research for you. Instead they will be available to guide you as needed so that you continue to develop your family history research skills.(Limited to 10 participants)


Presenters: Cathie Sherwood, Christine Meehan, Janice Wellard

Christine Meehan
Christine is one of GSQ’s most experienced and dedicated library assistant volunteers. She has been researching family history since 1984 and her aim is to use her own knowledge to help others learn more about genealogical research methods, record collections and techniques so that they can then investigate the history of their own family. Christine is also GSQ’s Research Coordinator and in this role she undertakes commissioned research for GSQ members, the general public and organisations such as the Public Trustee of Queensland.



Cathie Sherwood
Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty-five years. Cathie volunteers as a GSQ library assistant one day a week and presents courses. She operates her own professional genealogy business and previously worked in universities for over twenty years, as a lecturer in information technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor. Cathie has recently completed the Society of Australian Genealogists’ Certificate in Genealogical Research and is now undertaking the Society’s Diploma in Family Historical Studies. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Education (by research), two graduate diplomas in information technology, a Bachelor of Arts and a 3 year Diploma in Teaching.


Janice Wellard
Janice has been doing family history research for over 40 years and writing stories about various ancestors for much of this time. She enjoys volunteering at GSQ and helping members research their own ancestors (and others). She regularly presents GSQ education courses and is the past editor of Generation, the Society’s journal.


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November 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35 – $50
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