Council Library Talks 

Throughout the year, GSQ provides talks on a variety of topics for the Brisbane City Council. These are offered at libraries across the Council area. Please phone and book your place. Check the council library website for further information.

Confirmed topics and locations:

1.  Finding Grandma presented by Pauline Williams

Sandgate, Saturday 23 February 11am-1pm
Phone: (07) 3667 6022

2.  Exploring Ancestry presented by Judy Lofthouse

Coopers Plains, Saturday 23 March, 10.00am-12 noon
Phone: (07) 3403 1530

3. Brisbane Burns presented by Sharyn Merkley

Brisbane Square, Sunday 14 April, 10am-12 noon
Phone: (07) 3403 4166

4. Choosing a family tree program presented by Judy Lofthouse

Everton Park Saturday18 May, 1-3pm
Phone: (07) 3403 7400


How did they get here? Immigration in Australia from 1788
Migrating to a new country was one of the most dramatic life changes anyone undertook and it certainly affected the lives of their descendants. Investigating their journey is a key part of your family history research. However immigration records in Australia are not all held in one place – when, where and how they arrived affect where (and whether) records of their arrival can be found. Understanding categories of arrivals and the immigration schemes in place as well as the general principles of where documents are held, will give you confidence that you have looked in all the right places.

Choosing a family tree program
Are you ready to build your family tree but can't work out which program to use? Come along and see examples of the free and paid programs you can use.

Queensland family history online
The development and spread of the internet has provided wonderful sites through which to research your family history.  This presentation will highlight some of the sites that are available to those with family in Queensland.

Family history in action: What do we know about the first mayor of the Brisbane Municipal Council 1859-1862, John Petrie and his family? 
Using John Petrie as an example, learn how to start researching - where to find records of shipping, births, deaths and marriages, occupations, possible land records, books and newspaper articles.

Introduction to family history
Don’t know where to start? Come along to see what you need to do to get your family history on track.

Enhancing your family tree with Google
Learn how to make the most of all the features offered by Google. Learn how to reduce the number of hits you receive so you can find the information you require. Find interesting facts about your ancestors.

Finding Grandma
This presentation will provide suggestions for finding your female line which can be more difficult than tracking your male line.  In this session, women’s roles in society in earlier generations will be discussed as will tips on how to discover information about the women in your family.

Using newspapers for family history
Serving as daily (or weekly) diaries of local communities and their inhabitants, newspapers are excellent sources of family history. As such, they provide a wonderful, often untapped, resource for family historians, providing accounts of events not recorded elsewhere. The determined family history researcher can use newspapers to not only find the expected birth announcements and obituaries, but also announcements of anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, and social columns filled with local news of a more personal nature. Whether daily or monthly, urban or rural, newspapers can open a new window into the lives of your ancestors.

Learn where to look, how to search and discover unknown gems about your family.

Did you discover your ancestors spent time in a workhouse? What was life like for them and why did they end up there?
Times were hard for poorer people and some were forced to live in a workhouse. Learn what life was like in a workhouse what they were expected to do and what opportunities, if any, were available to get out.