Australia

The pioneer who put her experiences into verse

You just never know what treasures you might find hidden in the bookshelves of historical collections.

Whilst browsing in the Queensland section of the Cairns & District Family History Society’s library, I came across this article and poem written by my husband’s paternal great grandmother, in a Queensland Pioneer Book. Continue reading

My ‘elusive’ grandfather – George Frederick Davies

I started my own family history research some 25 years ago.  At the time, I was the Historical and Genealogical Officer with the New South Wales Land Titles Office, and had been assisting the general public for many years, through early land records research.  I only ever knew one grandparent, my maternal grandmother, Anna Davies (nee Wilson), who I adored, the others having died long before my birth.  I was one of her favorites. Continue reading

Google Search Tips for Genealogy

Google is an everyday tool used for searching for clues in our family histories.  Out of habit, most users simply type one or more keywords into the search box and take it from there.  But learning a few basic Google tips can have a significant impact on your genealogical research outcomes. Continue reading

Did your Cairns relative die in Victoria?

Victoria Wills and Probates 1841 to 2009 can be searched online from the Public Records of Victoria website.  Wills from 1841 to 1925 have been digitised and can be viewed and download free of charge.  Copies of later wills can be ordered online.

PROV Index to Wills, Probate & Administration Records 1841-2009

One of the search criteria is residence. Continue reading

Past proves popular

The Cairns Sun – 23 July 2014

The Shadows of the Past night-time cemetery performances hosted by the Cairns & District Family History Society Inc has been completely booked out and a wonderful success again this year!  Actors volunteered their time, and the music was provided by the Cairns Brass Band. The performances were produced by community theatre director, Avril Duck. Continue reading