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 computer-based resources for the Society.

These groups are as follows:

ftm Family Tree Maker Group

Aims

The Family Tree Maker Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Family Tree Maker software in their family history research. It provides information and help to  members in obtaining the best use of their investment in FTM.

Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 10.30am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting starts at 10.30am, usually running until 12 noon. The Legacy Group meets at 1.00pm. The Group's members range from raw beginners to advanced FTM users with extensive knowledge of the software and its use. No computer experience is required, and we can advise on associated topics such as buying a computer, and using the internet.

Contact Details

Contact the group by writing to: Family Tree Maker Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152, or by email.


legacy Legacy User Group

Aims

The Legacy User Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Legacy software in their family history research. It provides information and help to members in obtaining the best use of their investment in Legacy. The Group's members range from raw beginners to advanced Legacy users with extensive knowledge of the software and its use.

Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. See the  Events Calendar for further details. The Resource Centre opens at 10:30am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting starts at 1.00pm following the Family Tree Maker Group, and will usually run until 2.30pm. No computer experience is required, and we can advise on associated topics such as buying a computer and using the internet.

Contact Details

Contact the group by writing to: Legacy User Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152 or by email.


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 


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


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German Interest Group

Aims

The German group welcomes its participation in the German Australian Genealogy and History Alliance 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 requested, but non-members are very welcome to come along to our meetings to see what we have to offer. A gold coin donation would be 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.


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 and its meetings can be obtained from the convenor,


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 by writing to: Scottish Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152


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 pstirland@hotmail.com


military-_transparent Military History Group

Aims

The aim of the Group is to assist members with their research into their military ancestry through discussion, guest speakers and acquisition of resources. The group can help beginners and assist more experienced researchers overcome any problems they face locating information on their military relatives.

Meetings

Meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of June and August and the 5th Saturday of November, unless otherwise advertised. See the Events Calendar for further details. The meeting opens at 10.00am and closes at 12.30pm.  The Resource Centre is open for research from 12 noon to 4:00 pm after the meeting. Guest speakers may be 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!

Contact Details

Contact the group by writing to: Military Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Queensland, PO Box 1467, Carindale, QLD 4152


dna_transparent DNA Group

Aims

The DNA Group is the newest member of the GSQ Interest Groups, launching in May 2015.

Meetings

Meetings are held every second month on the third Sunday commencing at 9.30am.

Contact Details

Further information is available from the Convenors, Geoff Doherty and .

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