Queensland family history societies
There are many family history societies in Queensland. Most major towns will have a society.
Although family history societies in Queensland are mostly independent organisations, nonetheless most societies operate in a fairly similar way.
Most family history societies have a library, where they hold their collection of books, microfiche, microfilms and CD-ROMs. There will usually be the necessary equipment (microfiche readers, computers, etc) to use these resources. Typically they hold the major Australian resources (e.g. indexes to births, deaths and marriages) and a good collection of local resources. They also hold some overseas resources, typically reflecting areas of interest to the majority of their memberships. That means most Queensland societies will have some resources for the United Kingdom and Ireland, while coverage of other countries will be quite patchy.
Most family history societies compile information on their local area, which is usually available for consultation in their library or is for sale as books, microfiche or CD-ROMs.
Family history societies usually produce a magazine or newsletter, run seminars, and have a WWW site. Generally their WWW sites provide information about membership, library opening hours and resources for sale. As most family history societies sell their locally-produced resources, they rarely make them available online.
Most family history societies have an annual membership fee that usually provides unlimited access to the society's library, plus a daily rate for people wishing to make only occasional visits to their library.
List of Family History Societies in Queensland (alphabetically by town)
- Genealogical Society of Queensland, located in East Brisbane
- Queensland Family History Society, located in Gaythorne, Brisbane
- Hervey Bay Family History Assoc. Inc ~ Queensland
Information about the Family History Centre, what can be found on-site for reference material, and links to genealogy sites.
Family history society in Heritage City, Maryborough Qld Australia, site of 220,000 immigrants from UK and Germany from 1860-1900, descendants of families still here plus scattered to other places in Australia. Also BigM project, Sydney Mail World War 1 Photographic Index and info on resources and publications for sale, as well as how to research local families via the Net.
- Genealogy Sunshine Coast also known as Sunshine Coast Historical and Genealogical Resource Centre Inc, situated in Petrie Park, Nambour, opposite the swimming pool
- Toowong and District Historical Society
The Toowong and District Historical Society Inc was formed to encourage and promote the study of the local community history of Toowong and its surrounding district. The society has published oral histories of Toowong residents.
- Australia Railway Historical Society - Queensland Division
- Baptist Historical Society of Queensland
- Central Queensland Family History Association
- Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical & Historical Research Group Inc.
- Gold Coast Family History Society
- Queensland Family History Society Inc.
Large reference library with most major research resources (focusing on Australasia, British Isles, and Germany). Largest genealogical CD-ROM collection in Australia. Currently compiling 1.3 million Queensland Genealogical Master Index to sources. 1,400 members. New members always welcome.
- Queensland Prison & Penal Historical Association Inc.
Research work on St. Helena Island includes: linking the names to the numbered headstones in the Prisoners Cemetery; research on the Warders Children's Cemetery; discovery of the famous Bushranger "Captain Starlight" as an inmate of the Prison; compiling the only prisoners database.
- Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society Inc