The Genealogical Society of Queensland conducts a program of events including classes, seminars, workshops and education sessions each year to provide our members and visitors with a wide variety of information on family history topics.
Our Branches and Special Interest Groups also hold meetings. Members of GSQ are welcome to attend.
Download the calendar of events for 2019 so that you never miss a GSQ event!
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What can you do when something goes seriously wrong with your computer and you lose years and years of your family history research material? How can you make sure that your digital documents will last as long as paper? Is using cloud storage the answer? Learn how to be prepared for the unfortunate and unforeseen event such as fires, data corruption or just mistakes in overwriting files. Still away on holidays or can’t make this day? You can still purchase…Find out more »
When the guns fell silent in November 1918, there were more than 170,000 Australian military personnel deployed across France, England, and the Middle East. Many were wounded, injured or ill as a result of their war service. The Repatriation Commission was the first of a series of agencies charged with responsibility for "bringing the boys home". The records they created in facing the mammoth task of getting the country "back to normal" can provide valuable insights into the post-war experiences…Find out more »
Why should you consider using maps, and creating your own, in your family history research? By placing where they lived onto a map, you can identify migration patterns, perhaps view the land they owned in the context of others in the area and gain a better understanding of your ancestor in place and time. For example, have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly was your great-grandmother born? Seeing significant events from your family’s…Find out more »
The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was founded in 1692 to look after wounded and disabled soldiers. While there were some resident pensioners in their red tunics, the majority were out-pensioners although the pensions were administered from the Hospital. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was established even earlier in 1681 and has records of 20 000 men from 1771-1821 (only ~60% were born in Ireland). Soldiers were eligible for a pension after 12 years of service. Join this webinar to find out more…Find out more »
Now you have tested what tools are available to help in your research? GedMatch, Shared cM Project, DNA Painter andWhat are the Odds? are great tools to help in your DNA analysis. This webinar will take you through some of the pros and cons of these tools to help you decide which one works best for you or whether you might use all of them. Presenter: Helen Smith Helen is a speaker, researcher and author with a strong interest in…Find out more »
Looking for more advanced research into Irish records? Then this is the webinar for you. The Registry of Deeds is a little-known repository of records dating from 1709. While the original purpose of the Registry of Deeds was to enforce rules limiting the land transactions of Catholics, even before the removal of these rules in 1782, many Catholics of modest means and representatives of Catholic families appear in the memorials. You might also find marriage settlements, leases, mortgages, and wills.…Find out more »
Palaeography is the study of ancient and historical handwriting. For many family historians, being able to decipher the handwriting in wills, letters and other documents will often lead to important information about family members. In this webinar, you will explore resources that can help you learn how to read and properly understand handwritten documents encountered while researching your ancestors. Find out how handwriting styles changed over time and learn about the letters, marks and inserts in a variety of documents. …Find out more »
This webinar is FREE to all. Did you know that the surname Walker originates from early Scottish and English and means One who trampled cloth in a bath in order to strengthen it? In this webinar, Russell Fraser will discuss how surnames originated and what some unusual ones might mean. Presenter: Russell FraserFind out more »
Prior to the introduction of civil registration in 1837 in Britain, parish registers were the main source of genealogical information for births, marriages and burials. From 1538, it was ordered that each parish keep its own register but this did not become commonplace until much later. In this webinar, you will discover more about the value of these books and how much information they hold which can add so much value to your family history research, beyond the dates. Presenter:…Find out more »
Knowing where your ancestors are buried is an important part of your family history research. Headstones can provide information and family relationships and even if none can be found the cemetery records may show the location of the grave. In this webinar, you will learn about the online cemetery records and how to find the correct burial place for your ancestor. Presenter: Sharyn Merkley Sharyn first became interested her own family history as a teenager listening to her great grandmother’s…Find out more »
What is the value of timelines in family history research? This webinar will take you through the ways in which a timeline can keep things organised and in chronological order as well as how they can highlight the conflicts or gaps in your genealogy. A timeline can be simple or more complex so that citations and resources can be included. They can also form the basis of a research plan which can be built from a timeline. Presenter: Helen Smith…Find out more »
Many of us have encountered the difficulties of trying to translate foreign language documents when we don’t speak the language. How often have we tediously transcribed a will or letter only to find that we have misread important words. In this webinar, you will learn the latest tools and programs available to translate foreign language documents as well as transcribe documents in order to extract needed information. Presenter: Cathie Sherwood Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has…Find out more »