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Wednesday Night Zoom 2024
February 28 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM AEST
GSQ would like to invite anyone interested in Genealogical Research to attend the
2nd and 4th Wednesday nights, via Zoom
If you cannot get to GSQ; or working during the day; unable to attend the other Zoom meetings; and just want a bit of help with your research, then the Wednesday nights might be just what you are looking for.
Have you ever been interested in taking your Slides/ Photos/ old movies and make them into the story they tell today. Computerising these and adding sound as a background or story telling makes this all come alive. Come along and listen and talk with Ray who is our guest speaker for the evening.
Ray Lockett is a retired computer programmer living with his wife of 51 yrs in Brisbane. He now spends his time dabbling in electronics, home DIY, music and cycling, and also attempts to document family stories in images and sound. Sound recording came naturally to Ray after his cousins introduced electronics to him at the age of 9 or 10, and as a result he now has a rich archive of family audio interviews on file as source material.
Ray has researched his family on and off for perhaps 40 years since he was given a birth certificate of his great grandfather George Charles Lockett b Southhamton, 1857. This prompted visits to the Woolloongabba PO GSQ HQ to trawl through the marriage microfilm searching for a marriage of the named parents. Of course there never was a marriage, so interest waned until around 2015 when a friend suggested DNA-y testing …and finally the mystery was solved. The matching process however threw up a far bigger challenge on his mother Peggy’s side when a new unknown cousin in Yorkshire popped up with hundreds of centimorgans of common DNA !!
A keen maker of sound-slide and later computerised AV sequences for photo club competitions, Ray sees the medium as ideal for recording family stories. These short “docos” in a photo- montage sequence can include multi-images and moving graphics and text. They have various styles as Ray continues to refine his storytelling…often more challenging than the technical aspects. Some include material from message tape reels exchanged between UK relatives and Ray’s family in the 1960’s – shortly after his family emigrated here in 1964. A current AV project recounts the story behind the discovery that Ray’s Mum, Aunt and Uncle were all fathered by another man in her parent’s village over a period of 14 years. Included is 92 yr old Peggy’s reaction to the DNA result and her revelation that she was told as a child her dad was a wittol and her mum was adulterous!
The meeting is hosted by Ailsa Corlett and Fleur Creed, and it is a self help group in which you pose your questions or problems and others within the group offer their ideas, web sites, books and knowledge on where next you might go to find your answers.
Ailsa has always been interested in family history, starting in 1989 after a trip to Central Otago and seeing photos and dresses of her Paternal ancestors in the Cromwell Museum. Being the eldest grandchild, her grandmother also told her stories and she obtained many of those wonderful little trinkets that get handed out.
Worked as a professional genealogist in the 1990’s specialising in NZ research for Australians. She was accredited under AAGRA. Now retired is very involved with GSQ and helps to run the website, the Monday and Wednesday Zooms as well as the FHTech group.
Fleur developed an interest in family history from her father, who was active in family history research, also writing books about the early settlers of the Queanbeyan, NSW district prior to the selection of the Limestone Plains as the site for the Federal Capital. Her ancestors came from England, Scotland and Ireland, and Africa via America, and include convicts, assisted immigrants and some free settlers. She is currently working on the SAG Certificate of Genealogical Studies, and has completed the Diploma of Family History at UTAS. Fleur has a PhD on the topic, “Australian churches building social capital in their local communities” and currently works part-time as an academic researcher. She also operates a Facebook group about the history the early settlers of the tiny town in the North Burnett where she and her husband are turning a little timber church into their home.
The 4th Wednesday of the month is for a Guest Speaker to talk in relation to specific topics.
Come and join us on Zoom.
Please send your name, email and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org so that a link can be sent to you.
The link will be sent out on the Monday night.