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.

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One of the perks of CDFHS membership

I first caught the bug for Family History way back in 1986 during a trip to Glasgow.  The bug went away for a while but has come back big time during the last 3 years I have been living in Cairns. As a member of CDFHS, it never ceases to amaze me the knowledge our […]

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Thirkill Family Brickwall

I have been researching my partner Neil’s paternal grandmother’s family – the Thirkills – for a couple of years now, and would really love some fresh eyes to look at it and see if they can find any new clues to help me break down my research brick walls. Neil’s 3 x great grandmother, Mary […]

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Mystery plaque found in Cairns

CDFHS has been informed of the existence of a marble plaque – broken in two – that was found in a building in Cairns which is set for demolition. There is evidence on the back of the plaque that it was previously attached to something, possibly a headstone. How did it come to be in […]

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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.

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Cairns-born adoptee finds his birth mother

Email from David (Nov, 2015) I was born in Cairns in 1947 and my mother kept me for a short time and then decided to adopt me out.  I had always known my birth mother’s name but had never been successful in tracking down any information.

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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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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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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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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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