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Preserving surveying heritage by genealogy process
– Bill Kitson

From a list of over three hundred of Queensland’s earliest surveyors [1839-1945], Bill Kitson has, through the normal genealogy process, made contact with their relatives throughout the world; and it is from these relatives that information and artefacts has been collected, recorded and preserved.

In Bill’s presentation, you will be tantalized by some of his ‘Holy Grails’.

Friday 21st October – 9:15am


The research process: effective research tips
– Rick Aindow

The aim is to present simple and effective research methods using computer based research, these will include researching both free and paid genealogy sites including:

Finding the whole family, where they lived, their occupations and social history thereby adding colour and interest to your ancestors.

By utilising these simple but clever techniques, we can aspire to more meaningful, time-saving productive results for our family tree.

Friday 21st October – 10:15am


Building digital resources to understand genealogy in context
– Mark Finnane

New technologies have expanded access to and linkage of historical records that are fundamental to the interests of family and social historians. This panel will present several initiatives in digital humanities research that are building resources for understanding family, local, regional and national histories. Researchers from the Harry Gentle Resource Centre and the Prosecution Project, both based at Griffith University, will present current digital initiatives valuable to genealogy, including

  1. Building an online biographical dictionary of the peoples of early nineteenth-century Queensland (Harry Gentle Resource Centre: Lee Butterworth and Jan Richardson).
  2. Re-imagining colonial life-ways through creative histories (Harry Gentle Resource Centre: Eva Phillips and Georgia Rolls)
  3. Digitising and accessing Australian courts martial records as a resource for family and military historians – the role of volunteer transcribers (Prosecution Project: Yorick Smaal and Mark Finnane)

Friday 21st October – 11:15am


Resources to assist with Queensland historical land research
– Kaye Nardella

A number of resources available from the Queensland Department of Resources will be described and examples provided on how they can help with Queensland historical land research. Specific focus will be on how to access scans of historical map scans and historical aerial photographs.

Friday 21st October – 12:15am


Relationships, community and unity: learning from Aboriginal peoples from the past, in the present, and for the future
– Brook Prentis

As all peoples of all cultures in Australia, and the world, we face a global climate crisis, a global pandemic, the global attention of black lives matter, and a world that appears more divided, more fractured, more unfriendly.  

Aboriginal peoples, in these lands now called Australia are the world’s oldest, living, continuing cultures, comprising over 300 nations.  This speaking session will be delivered from the perspective of a Wakka Wakka woman, who grew up on neighbouring Gubbi Gubbi Country where the conference is being held, and will share the lessons from ancient technologies that can provide tools for the present and future. Brooke will share her DNA, and how through her life, and the life of her family, over 2,000 generations, that there are many lessons to learn from our history, including the shared history of the last 250 years.  Lessons that lead to relationship, community, and unity.  

Friday 21st October – 1:15pm


Rediscovering our diverse past: researching ethnic minorities and non-English speakers in early Queensland
– Jan Richardson

Most historical and genealogical resources relating to the settlement of Queensland during the 1800s feature people of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh backgrounds. However,
thousands of immigrants also arrived from European countries ranging from Sweden and Russia to Portugal and Malta. In addition, station and plantation owners utilised convicts, some from Mauritius, as a source of cheap labour. When the supply of convicts ran out, they turned to Chinese and Indian ‘coolie’ labour, and then to ‘South Sea Islanders’ from the Pacific region.

This presentation will focus on recently indexed and digitised records of the Queensland and New South Wales state archives, including naturalisations, inquests, convict records,
court and gaol records, and indexes to South Sea Islanders and ‘alien’ labourers. Case studies will illustrate the fascinating life stories of some of Queensland’s early ethnic minority residents, as well as demonstrating practical research techniques to make the most of recent technological advances in accessing archival records.

Friday 21st October – 2:15pm


Using signatures to identify a family
– Eric Kopittke

When a young immigrant couple from Sussex married in Queensland in 1883, they listed their places of birth and the names of their parents. However several families with the same surname as the groom’s mother resided in and around the village in which the groom was born. How could the researcher identify the correct family?

This presentation describes how signatures were located and used, along with other documents, to identify the groom’s mother’s family.

Friday 21st October – 3:15pm


When a photo is worth a thousand relatives
– Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage has become the #1 platform for uploading, enhancing, and sharing old family photos. In this lecture, Daniel will give you a detailed tour of all the photo features MyHeritage offers. Learn to animate your photos with Deep Nostalgia™, colorize and restore colors with MyHeritage In Color™, bring faces into sharp focus with the Photo Enhancer, record the stories behind your photos with the Photo Storyteller™, give voice to your family stories with LiveStory, and much more. Daniel will show you how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into old photos and revive your family’s favorite memories.

Friday 21st October – 4:15pm


Why Moreton Bay? 🔑
– Jennifer Harrison

As the 200th anniversary of European settlement in this district approaches, the question arises as to why this particular area was chosen.  Forty years after Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson why select an unknown site over 475 nautical miles from Sydney and even 386 nautical miles from Port Macquarie, the colony’s most northern outpost?  2022 provides a wonderful opportunity for seeking answers to this question. Some associated stories about the establishment of this depôt need to be revisited, reassessed and retold to discard casual mangling of cursory recollections and to marvel at the resilience and determination of our pioneers.  

Saturday 22nd October – 9:20am


Moreton Bay convicts: find out more
– Stephanie Ryan

Records for convicts of the Moreton Bay settlement vary over time. Lesser-known records for the later arrivals, “exiles,” can be more revealing than those of early offenders. The intention of this presentation is to examine what some of those often-unused sources are, how to access them, and consider what they reveal. Some of those resources, once relatively inaccessible on microform, are now freely available online. Increasingly there is an opportunity for researchers to add their own discoveries to the sources, to explore and develop their own accounts and share them with others.

Saturday 22nd October – 10:50am


Finding and losing Joe Guidice: a sad, bad family history
– Geoff Doherty

This presentation outlines how family history research can sometimes not be as rewarding as one might hope. What begins with enthusiasm can end with disappointment. Joe’s story is a case in point. Geoff found him by chance, got deeply interested, then upset with how things turned out. These things challenge us, but we must take it all in stride. It was interesting
research, and there is a bit of a brick wall involved. Prepare to be fascinated.

Saturday 22nd October – 11:35am


The methodology of your research method
– Liesl Harrold

We all have a preferred research method. A well-established and practiced research method can add rigor to our findings making them more accurate and defendable.  Our method may be represented as linear, cyclical or a random mess. This presentation introduces a research methodology specifically for those whose current research method resembles a Jackson Pollack painting more than a geometric figure.  It will explore the research stages of issue identification, searching, analysis, documentation, consultation, contextualization, interpretation, publication and evaluation. Each stage of the research process will be discussed through the lens of the Genealogical Proof Standard. Attendees will also be shown how spontaneity can be worked into the process without losing the discipline of exactness to ensure that the end product is meaningful, accurate and rigorous.

Saturday 22nd October – 12:20pm


The future of your genealogy research: no one wants it, don’t care, planned or still dithering 🔑
– Shauna Hicks

(coming soon)

Saturday 22nd October – 2:00pm


Newspaper advanced searching: name searching and other tips
– Sue Reid

(coming soon)

Saturday 22nd October – 3.05pm


Building a family history society for the 21st Century
– Fran Kitto

What can family societies do to survive and thrive in the 21st Century?

With ongoing advances in technology, changing population demographics and the changes to our lifestyles Covid-19 has brought about, our family history societies are being forced to adapt and change if they want to survive.

How do we maintain current members and attract new members with different expectations? How do we make a place for the younger generation and working generations? What is the role of technology, websites, social media and strategic planning? Do we need to interact with an extended community? Another issue is who will volunteer? As the webmaster for Caloundra Family History & Social media guru, Fran will provide case study examples based on her view of the challenges and opportunities societies have in the 21st Century?

Saturday 22nd October – 4.15pm


Why was my ancestor disinherited? (and other legal conundrums)
– Kay Ryan

There are many reasons why a person may be disinherited. Reasons may include shaming the family name by committing adultery; being sent to prison for committing a crime; or simply a way of avoiding death duties.

The presentation will provide the background of the law relating to wills and intestacy (touching on entailments in the United Kingdom).

This presentation will examine the relevant Australian laws relating to inheritance and explain how legislation really was something that touched the daily lives of our ancestors.

The subject of death duties and the ramifications that these could have on families will be explored.

Sunday 23rd October – 8:30am


Protect yourself and your research: the importance of ethics, copyright and privacy
– Pauleen Cass

When we start our genealogy research we rarely give thought to the complexities that will almost certainly arise at some stage. Think: adoptions in/out, marital affairs, divorces, legal matters, suicides, “early” births etc. This session will use
specific examples from my own research, writing a genealogy blog, and publishing Pauleen’s family history book “Grassroots Queenslanders: the Kunkel family”. Each example will address the ramifications of your research: ethics, privacy, citations and copyright.

Sunday 23rd October – 9:15am


War Brides – Stories of love and adventure
– Peita-Maree Clark

The conclusion of both World War I and World War II, saw war brides give up the familiarity of home and family to journey across the sea and begin a new life. Many Australian women left their birth country behind, to follow their beloved soldier. A large number of women also migrated to Australia, having married and been engaged to Australian servicemen. The Australian Government took responsibility for transporting the wives and fiancés to their new homes. While many women arrived in Australia to be met by their new families, some arrived with only a name and address that did not exist. Insight into the experience of Japanese War Brides is also explored, in an era of the White Australia Policy.

Come and explore the records left behind in the National Archives – sharing stories of love, adventure, challenges and heartbreak experienced by these men and women in times of war.

Sunday 23rd October – 10:00am


Where to next? Where will emerging technologies and DNA take your research? 🔑
– Michelle Patient

(coming soon)

Sunday 23rd October – 11:15am

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