Research

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

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