Family History

Ancestry in British Ceylon – Vital Records Research

Over the last 12 months, researchers and visitors at the Cairns and District Family History Centre would have seen a sprightly, bespectacled, grey haired gentleman, peering intently into the microfilm reader screen.

He is busily transcribing films that have nothing to do with his own Anglo-Scandinavian Heritage. Continue reading

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

Cairns DNA genies help FNQ man achieve lifelong wish

Visitors to Cairns & District Family History society usually know a little about their recent family history, and are keen to use CDFHS resources to learn more about earlier generations and start building a family tree.

Not Bob Taylor.  When he joined CDFHS in late 2015, the only facts that he knew were his name, his date of birth, and from his birth certificate that his mother was named Sheila Taylor.  Continue reading

Unidentified photos from Pugh family of Queensland

The three photos below were part of a collection from the Pugh family of Ravenswood in North Queensland.

Several of the Pugh daughters worked as nurses at different places throughout Queensland.

Pam Cooper has shared these lovely photographs in the hope that someone may recognise the people involved. Continue reading

DNA test raffle encourages new testers

Far North Queensland must be one of the DNA testing hotspots of Australia, but here at Cairns & District Family History Society we still work hard at encouraging even more of our members (and their families and friends) and visitors to try DNA testing as a part of their family history research. 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