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 […]

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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.

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Ghost walks return to life in Cairns

“Ghost walks return to life” in Cairns with Shadows of the Past dramatised evening tours of the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.  The event features 12 stories of the lives and deaths of the Cairns pioneers buried there.  The cast of ghosts floating around and speaking their stories, or the stories of their loved ones, will […]

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Keeping History Alive with the Q ANZAC 100 Workshop

I have just spent three absorbing, and very educational days with Niles Elvery, Regional Coordinator, and three other members of the Q ANZAC 100 team from the State Library of Queensland.  The first morning was a unique opportunity to look at some of the State Library’s precious original First World War materials.

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Exploring your Queensland House History

Cairns & District Family History Society was fortunate to have Dr Jan Wegner, Senior Lecturer from James Cook University in Cairns, visit our Resource Centre on Saturday, 21 March, and give us a detailed presentation on how to research properties and explore the history of houses in Queensland.

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A Navy Anzac – William Hunter, 111

William (Bill) Hunter was born 19 February 1891 in Yarraville, Victoria, to Scottish parents James Hunter and Mary Neilson. He was brought up on a farm in Beenak, Victoria, with siblings Janet, Christina, David, Mary, Thomas, John, Jane and James.

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Cemetery exposes city’s past

Cairns Post Tuesday 3 Feb, 2015 The following article appeared prominently in the Cairns Post yesterday. It features the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery education kit researched and written by Cairns & District Family History Society in partnership with the Cairns Regional Council. (Click image to enlarge)     The education kit comprises teacher notes and student […]

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New Drop-In Genealogy Clinic for Cairns

Need help starting to search your family tree?  Need help with a brick-wall? Cairns & District Family History Society is holding family history Drop-In Genealogy Clinics commencing Saturday 24th January, 2015 (free to newcomers!).

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Double commemoration at Herberton Cemetery

In November 2014, I was lucky enough to attend a very special commemorative evening held in Herberton, North Queensland – my home town. The Herberton Lions Club hosted an evening presentation including a history walk through their local cemetery.

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Cemetery curriculum for Cairns kids

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery – Student Education Pack Cairns Regional Council has just released the Student Education Pack for the beautiful heritage-listed McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. The pack, which consists of Teacher’s Notes and a Student Workbook, was compiled by Cairns & District Family History Society with the education content written in accordance with Australian […]

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Stop! That’s your family!

Coincidence?  Fate?  Serendipity?  Call it what you like, but it happened. My husband Ron and I were passing through Bowen in North Queensland recently, when we got a bit lost and took a wrong turn. We had never intended to drive down Williams Street. But fate must have intended it for us. As we proceeded […]

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Blog? What’s a blog?

To the internet-savvy genealogist, a blog is an everyday part of life… reading the daily, weekly or ad hoc blog articles that arrive via email, RSS feeds, or show up on our social media profiles accompanied by great recommendations and enticing titles.

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New website ready for visitors!

Cairns & District Family History Society Inc finally has a vibrant new website up and running, ready for visitors! The former website served its purpose very well for many years, mainly as a static information site.

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Give us a cheesey grin :)

When you leave a comment on any blog page on the internet, wouldn’t you rather see your own choice of profile picture (avatar) than the default icon chosen by the website owner or their theme default? Well, we’d certainly prefer to see your smiley/cheesy grin or your own unique choice of icon design in amongst […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cairns new DNA Interest Group

Cairns FHS has a bunch of new DIGgers… our own DNA Interest Group!  Over 20 people turned up for the first presentation on using DNA in genealogy, and 15 presented for the inaugural DNA Interest Group meeting held last Saturday.

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