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February, 2014




Computer Group: The next meeting for this group will be on Wednesday evening 19th March 2014. Bookings are not necessary but please come early to secure a seat as we begin at 7pm sharp. Ann Metcher and Fay Carbis have recently returned from the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise where they attended many various talks by guest speakers relating to genealogy. At the March meeting they will be passing on information they learned from this event. The cost is $1 and we enjoy a cuppa and a chat at the end of the meeting. For more information contact Ann Metcher at metcher@bigpond.com

Introduction to Family History: Due to such an overwhelming response of people wanting to attend the February class, another Introduction to Family History class is being held in March. This class will take place at 9am on Monday 31st March 2014. The class is free for members and costs $10 for non-members. If a non-member decides to join our society on the day the $10 will be deducted from their annual subscription. Bookings are essential so contact Pam Oldham on 5594 0610.

For evening sessions you can contact Fay Carbis on 5532 8100.

A request from the journal editor of "Rootes": Share your research finds with other members. How you broke down a brick wall, amusing anecdotes about your eccentric ancestors, scandals - nobody has an ordinary family - there are always secrets.

Send your items as a Word document attached by email to beverleydwyer@bigpond.com

A special request: Our society has had a request from the office of Cr. A.J. (Lex) Bell OAM. Cr. Lex Bell is one of our generous Patrons.

Cr. Bell is looking for local residents who had ancestors that lived on the coast and went to WWI.

If you, or someone you know living here, had an ancestor who went to WWI please let us know.

Secondly does anyone know the origin of the naming of Beach Road in Surfers Paradise? Was it named after a local family?

If you can help please contact Ann Metcher at metcher@bigpond.com

‘Angling for Ancestors’ – a seminar: As notified in the January Saplings newsletter, Gold Coast Family History Society will be holding a seminar on 11/12th October 2014. I mentioned previously that Ann and Fay had attended the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise which boasted guest speakers such as Thomas MacEntee, an American  genealogist specialising in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research  and Chris Paton,  a Scottish based professional genealogist  running the Scotland’s Greatest Story ancestral research service,  Jan Gow, New Zealand’s premier genealogist,  and many more excellent presenters.

They reportedly spoke at length with Jan Gow, who will be one of the guest speakers at our October seminar. Details of this weekend program are now here on our website, under the ‘Latest News’ heading, at the lower part of our home page.



Car Parking: The Committee is making representation to the GCCC about the lack of parking spaces. 

Please ensure you display your GCFHS parking card when parked in the GCCC Nerang car parking areas, and enquire at the rooms if you do not have one. Unfortunately parking is not allowed on any of the grassed areas.

Updates on our paid subscription internet sites:

British Newspaper Archive: Another of our paid sites is constantly updating its contents. We have access to this site on our No.3 computer but do book by phoning the rooms during our Library hours or ask a room assistant to book for you. The site has an update of their recent additions here.

FindMyPast.uk/au: Our committee has renewed the subscription to FindMyPast.uk for a further twelve months. This site has undertaken changes and now can be found on Internet Computer No.1 in Favorites as, the now, FindMyPast.uk/au site. The original site will disappear in about April but until then the old UK site can still be accessed. They have published new record sets featuring thousands of early Australian convicts and settlers between 1787 and 1859 so take a look at the new Convicts and Settlers records.

Ancestry.com.au: Recently added to this site has been Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858; new records, from the largest collection of pre-1858 wills for England and Wales. Two more are England, Select Births and Christenings 1538-1975 and Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910. Once again book an internet computer to avoid disappointment.

FamilySearch films: The latest arrivals of films ordered into our rooms are listed below.

That is all for this month.

Happy researching,

Gay Eunson eunson5253@optusnet.com.au







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