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Queensland – 150 years on

This has been a special year in Queensland’s history.

As the Q150 website explains: “Proclamation Day, Thursday 10 December 2009, [marked] 150 years since the historic reading in Brisbane of the Letters Patent … proclaiming Queensland a separate colony to New South Wales.

Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, accompanied by his wife Lady Diamantina Bowen, witnessed the reading of the Letters Patent from the balcony of Adelaide House, now the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral in Ann Street, Brisbane.”

Brick Wall Solutions – John Carnegie, John Stanley, John Carnegie (again) – Lost and Found

This is the second installment of a theme-based blog on brick walls in family history research and how to break them down. Initially I will be using my own examples but I also welcome input from others who have solved their brick walls using out of the ordinary resources or searches.

This blog intersects with Helen Carnegie’s story (Brick Wall Solutions Blog 28 Nov 2009) as John Carnegie was her father. I started researching the Carnegie family in 1977.

Cruise poll results

Here are the results of our 6th Unlock the Past poll. 214 people voted. 35 said they had been on a cruise before and 28 sent comments.  With over 205 indications of strong interest (definite, probably and partner)  it would seem that a block booking for 300 could be filled. Inevitably some may not be able to come at the time selected, but perhaps some of the 67 “maybes” could be persuaded. And of course we have only given very limited notice to date.

Brick Wall Solutions – Finding Helen Carnegie At Last!

This is the first installment of a theme based blog on brick walls in family history research and how to break them down. Initially I will be using my own examples but I also welcome input from others who have solved their brick walls using out of the ordinary resources or searches.

Age of researchers poll results

Here are the results of our fifth Unlock the Past poll. Two questions were asked:

  • What age bracket are you in?
  • What year did you start researching?

What age bracket are you in? – 460 responses

Age bracket              #votes             #voters

Discover Your Military Ancestors Online

Military History is a rich part of Australia’s history. Most families would have at least one military ancestor. Shauna Hicks has produced a presentation on Discover Your Military Ancestors Online to help you discovering and fill out the details of your ancestor’s life.

Shauna Hicks interview on ABC radio SE SA

Shauna Hicks was interviewed on radio by Stan Thomson during his Mornings program on ABC SE South Australia during her visit to Mount Gambier on Monday 2 Nov 2009.  She talked about her visit to the Mount Gambier History Group to speak on Discovering Military Ancestors Online.

Our icon or logo poll results

Here are the results of our fourth Unlock the Past poll. 119 people voted and another 15 sent comments. This poll was more for our own interest in planning an updated logo and “corporate image”.

QUESTION: Help! What do you think of the coloured graphic we currently use? [the "O" in our Unlock the Past title at the top of the page]

Magazine poll results

Here are the results of our third Unlock the Past poll. 210 people cast 701 votes in all. This indicates an average of more than 3 magazines per person.

What Genealogy Magazines do you read regularly or occasionally?.

Events photos and coming events

Photos of several recent events in three states are now online. Click here to view them

October events to come

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