Interest Groups

GSQ has a number of Interest Groups which have been formed to assist members and exchange information in specialised areas. These groups meet bi-monthly on Sundays. See the Events Calendar for meeting dates.


Membership

Membership is open to all financial members of the Society. No extra fees are applied, though a gold coin donation from members attending meetings is appreciated. Donations are used to purchase more books or computer-based resources for the Society.

A Non Member may attend two meetings but then must join GSQ in order to continue to attend the Special Interest Groups.

These groups are as follows:


convict_connections_transparent2 Convict Connections

Aims
Convict Connections aims to provide a specialist forum for members with a particular interest in convicts and our colonial heritage, to share and exchange information, achieve a wider knowledge of our colonial beginnings and foster a greater appreciation of those who suffered the horrors of transportation.

Meetings
Convict Connections meet bi-monthly at the GSQ Resource Centre on the second Sunday of even numbered months. See the Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 10.00am and closes at 2.30pm. The Annual General Meeting of the Group is held in February each year.

Publications
Any person may subscribe to the Convict Connections Newsletter at an annual subscription of $15.00. There are three newsletters per year, which are also available for sale at the meetings for $5.00 each. Applications for subscription can be made on the journal subscription form. The group also publishes resources for sale.

Other Information
Convict Connections has its own web site which can be accessed at: http://www.convictconnections.org.au/

A 'Ticket of Proof' is available to members who wish to provide certified evidence of convict descent. Applications must be lodged on an official claim form accompanied by clearly legible photocopies of birth, marriage and death certificates or other archival proof so as to satisfy the Officer of Claims. See here for more information about the Ticket of Proof.

Projects
The Group has indexed four microfilms relating to the prison hulk Phoenix and are available for sale on CD.

Contact Details
Contact the group by writing to: Convict Connections, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152, or by email to convictconnections@yahoo.com.au


english_irish-_transparentEnglish/Irish Group

Aims
The aim of the Group is to assist members with their research into their English, Welsh or Irish ancestry through discussion, guest speakers and acquisition of resources.

Meetings
Meetings are held on the first Sunday of even numbered months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 10.00am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting begins at 12.00 noon with a short discussion. Guest speakers are invited to the meetings from time to time. The meetings are informal as our members prefer to have general discussions in a friendly and open format. This gives us the opportunity to share knowledge and glean information from helpful hints provided by other members. Suggestions regarding workshops and guest speakers are always welcome! The Group has had a wide and interesting range of discussion topics over the past few years.

Contact Details
Contact the group by writing to: English/Irish Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467 Carindale, QLD 4152 or email irishengwelsh@gsq.org.au


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German Interest Group

Aims
THE GERMAN GROUP welcomes its participation in the GERMAN-AUSTRALIAN GENEALOGY and HISTORY ALLIANCE (GAGHA) - Nov 2016 and aims to:

  • Share information internationally and interstate.
  • Offer support and assistance to research your German Ancestry.
  • Encourage and exchange information in an informal setting.
  • Provide guest speakers when possible to help guide us through the maze of information available to us.
  • Learn the history of Germany and immigration and why our ancestors chose to leave.
  • Get to know the German people and their cultures.

Membership
Membership is required, but non-members may attend two meetings to see what we have to offer. A gold coin contribution is welcome.  Members may contact the Secretary for advice and assistance, but remember to enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for all enquiries for those without email.

Resources
Since its inception in 1983, the German Research Group has added a collection of maps, guides, reference books and journals, plus family, local, church and school histories to the library. GSQ holds one of the most comprehensive ranges of German material in Queensland.

Meetings
Bi-monthly meetings are held at the GSQ Resource Centre, 25 Stackpole Street, Wishart, on the last Sunday of odd numbered months. Any changes to meeting dates are advertised in the GSQ eNews and the Group's newsletter Die Zeitung which is published to coincide with meetings and is available by mail, email or at meetings. The Resource Centre opens at 10.15am and closes at 2.15pm. Meetings begin at 12.30pm and generally take the form of discussions, which include suggestions for archival material we should purchase to cover an area that a member is researching and of interest to all present.

Newsletter Publication

  • An annual fee of $10, which includes postage for those without email.
  • Subscription begins with the first issue after payment, irrespective of the date.
  • Renewal letters are sent to all subscribers.
  • Email newsletters are sent at no cost.
  • A copy can be purchased at the meetings for $1.
  • Requests for research to be undertaken by the group will require a $30 fee.


Contact Details
Contact the group by writing to: The Secretary, German Research Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152 or email germangroup@gsq.org.au


scandinavian Scandinavian Interest Group

Aims
The Scandinavian Interest Groups aims to provide assistance to members researching their Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish or Icelandic ancestors.

Meetings
Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 12.30pm and closes at 2.30pm. The meetings usually commence at 12.30pm and take the form of discussions or guest speakers about Scandinavian research, migration or customs.

Other Information
The group is believed to be the only Scandinavian Interest Group operating in Australia.

Contact Details
Correspondence to: PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152 Further information about the group can be obtained from the convenor, scangroup@gsq.org.au


scottish Scottish Group

Aims
The purpose of the Scottish Interest Group is to provide assistance to those researching Scottish ancestors. This is done in three ways: providing resources to assist in research; providing opportunities to talk to other researchers; and organising seminars about subjects connected with Scottish genealogy, culture and history.

Resources
The collection of Scottish resources available at the Society is among the strongest in Queensland.

Meetings
Meetings are generally held on the first Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details The Resource Centre opens at 10am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting usually commences at 11am and runs for about one hour, with the remaining time for members to conduct their own research.

Publications
The Interest Group publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Thistle Times which is available from the Treasurer, Scottish Interest Group at a cost of $12.00 per annum.

Other Information
The group is a member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.

Contact Details
Contact the group Convenor by Email: scotgroup@gsq.org.au


writing_transparent Writing Group

Aims
The aim of the group is to provide a forum in which members can learn more about the writing, editing, and publishing processes. Each meeting will include discussions and presentations. Guest speakers will be invited from time to time. Members are invited to submit pieces of writing for comment and suggestions by other members. Stories will be published in forthcoming editions of the Society's journal Generation.

Meetings
Meetings are generally held on the third Sunday of even months, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 10am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting usually commences at 10.30am and runs until 12.30pm. The remaining time can be used for personal research or discussions among members over lunch.

Contact Details
Further information is available from the Convenor, Pauline Williams on writing@gsq.org.au


 DNA Group

Aims
The DNA Group was launched in May 2015.

Meetings
Meetings are held every month.
For odd months - the meetings are on the third Sunday from 9:30 till noon and for even months they are held on the 4th Sunday from 9:30 till 2:30pm.
Currently due to Covid19 restrictions, meetings are being held via Zoom. Please email to obtain link to join.

Contact Details
Further information is available from the Convenors, Helen Smith and Bobbie Edes on dna@gsq.org.au



Family History Technology Group

The Family Tree Maker and Legacy Groups have been amalgamated into one Special Interest Group.
This is now known as "Family History Technology Special Interest Group".
The Family History Technology Group will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every odd month, at 10am - 12pm.
Meetings at GSQ will be subject to COVID19 Government Restrictions.

The new group gives opportunities to look at many other technologies that may help to preserve and publish your family history data.
This group is only open to GSQ members.

These may include but not limited to:

  • File management and storage
  • E-publishing
  • Setting up a Family History website.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns please email Graeme Moulton on FHTech@gsq.org.au

Look forward to seeing you there.



Military Group

The Military Interest Group is a networking group that can help members discover information about military records.
The group is interested in all conflicts in all eras. It does not matter if it is Army, Navy or Air Force. If you have a military ancestor and you have some questions regarding the conflict or units they may have served in or questions about the person themselves, come along and ask your question of like-,minded researchers.

The Military Group will meet at GSQ on the 2nd Sunday of every odd month, at 1pm - 3pm

 

Contact Convenor Les McFadzen on militarygroup@gsq.org.au


 

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