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Gold Coast Family History Society Inc.



March, 2015




Legacy Users Group: This special interest group will meet on Sunday 12th April 2015 at 1pm in our rooms. Legacy is a software program which can be used as a tool with which to record all you family history research. Sue McKenzie will be on hand to answer your questions and update you with the latest Legacy features. The group is for members only so please wear your membership badge and the cost is $1. Feel free to bring along a laptop but ensure that the battery is fully charged as we can’t have power cords all over the rooms.

For futher details about this group please contact Carol Browne at cbrowne@onthenet.com.au

Computer Group: The computer group will meet on Wednesday evening 15th April 2015 in our rooms at 7pm sharp. Fay Carbis and Ann Metcher will be reporting “What’s New from Congress” – any new websites, tips, etc that have come to light at the 2015 AFFHO Congress in Canberra.

Also at this meeting, due to the closeness of Anzac Day, you are asked to bring along an ancestor who served in WWI (not literally). As this is a computer group we ask that you share at least one website that has helped you find his or her records or story. This in turn helps other members to find their Anzac.

The cost, as for all other such groups, is $1.

For further information about the computer group please contact Ann Metcher at metcher@bigpond.com

A reminder:

Our May Computer Group meeting:

 “Want to get more out of Findmypast?”

Guest speaker: Rosemary Kopittke

Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 6.45 for 7pm sharp

Room 2  Bicentennial Building – Cost: $3

Rosemary regularly speaks about Findmypast to groups in Australia and New Zealand.

She has been researching her family history since 1985, is a Fellow of the Queensland Family history Society and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.

If you are interested in attending please let us know:  contact Ann Metcher or Fay Carbis at gcfhs@onthenet.com.au

Updates on our paid subscription internet sites:


1891 England Census has been updated with corrections and previously missing records

1911 England & Wales Census has been updated

NSW, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856 also updated to include ‘Morton Bay: Letters from Colonial Secretary to Commandant, 1832-1853’

UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects – 1901-1929

Millions of new Australian WWI records with images

TheGenealogist has added:

England, Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire & Leicestershire, Tithe maps – detailed town and parish maps


· Cemetery Transcriptions from Macquarie Park, New South Wales

· Over 29,000 Queensland Land Orders, 1861-1874

· Over 3,000 Queensland Travel & Migration Records

1.6 million new Irish Newspaper Articles

Over 48,000 Brisbane Immigrant Registers, 1885-1917

Queensland Naturalisations, 1851-1904

Queensland Nominated Immigrants, 1908-1922

Over 4.4 million new British Newspaper articles

British Newspaper Archive

Holborn Journal –  1858-1863, 1866-1867 and 1870-1871

The Hawick News and Border Chronicle (Scotland) – 1910,1912-1913, 1926-1944 and 1950-1951

Bells Life and Sporting News – 1859-1870

Daily Bristol Times and Mirror – 1839-1853, 1860-1865 and 1868-1870

Ask a room assistant to book you a computer or phone the rooms in advance to secure a booking.

Other news: From Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association Inc. Newsletter, ‘Trails’: Read here about the campaign to save South Australian graves which are in danger of being reused, including those of Diggers from WWI and WWII.

Help wanted: A volunteer to join the cleaning and machine servicing group. This is a small but enthusiastic team of four which has lost one of its members due to illness.

The group comes to the rooms on the second Friday of each month, checks and cleans the machines and screens, defrosts the fridge and vacuums and mops the floor. Sometimes other repairs and maintenance are carried out at the same time.

If you have a bit of a practical flair we’d love to hear from you. Please make contact with Paul Dinniss, pauldinn@bigpond.net.au or ring  07 5577 4322.

A Writers’ Group: Where do we start, and with whom? Those are just a couple of rhetorical questions that the mind procrastinates before trying to form a readable volume for all the family tree detail that you have unearthed in your genealogical quest to find your forebears (for a start this is a sentence which is too long).

Would a Writers’ Group, a regular meeting between like-minded individuals, help to get you started in compiling your ancestors’ life story?

Are any members interested in getting together and forming such a group, meeting at regular intervals, to help one another flesh out their own story of family history? If you are interested let our secretary, Murray Wilson, know and if enough members reply we can then look at forming a Writers’ Group.

Contact Murray at mnjwilson@optusnet.com.au

Family Tree Maker: For those members still using any of the versions of Family Tree Maker software I am available to help you with any problems you may have. Contact me by phone on 5597 5365.

FamilySearch films:  A list of the latest arrivals of films ordered into our rooms is below.


Well for those who have had trouble opening this newsletter in the past it will now be attached as a pdf as well as a Microsoft Office Word document. This will also enable ease of inclusion in our website.


Happy researching,

Gay Eunson eunson5253@optusnet.com.au





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