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Discover your heritage with our range of family and local history sessions throughout the year.

To book for events, use the online registration links or contact any library. Registration is required for all sessions.


Family History Month August

Family History Month - August 2018

Learn how to find your missing ancestors, hear about how DNA testing can transform your research, or even find out how you can write and publish your memoir or biography. Kids and teens can join the fun and explore their family tree using Green Screen technology and online tools.

Find out more about Family History Month at our libraries.


Program

Learn to Use Ancestry.com

Did you know your library card is really a secret key to unlocking the past. Learn how you can start your family history research.

Library Date Time Bookings
Strathpine Thursday, 02 August 6.30pm - 7.30pm Register now
Strathpine Thursday, 22 November 6.30pm-7.30pm Register now

Find My Past for Beginners

Learn how to trace your ancestry using Find My Past. Explore basic site navigation, discover the types of records you can access, and learn how to effectively search and save records.

Library Date Time Bookings
Strathpine Thursday, 09 August 6.30pm - 7.30pm Register now
Strathpine Thursday, 29 November 6.30pm-7.30pm Register now

Discover Pugh's Almanac

Ever wondered where your ancestors went to eat, ply their trade, or to celebrate their life events? Join Bob McAllister to find out what this free resource can reveal about your ancestors. 

 

Library Date Time Bookings
Albany Creek Monday, 04 June 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Arana Hills Thursday, 26 July 6.30pm-7.30pm Register now
Burpengary Friday, 20 July 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Caboolture Monday, 18 June 1.30pm-2.30pm Register now
Deception Bay Thursday, 19 July 10.30am-11.30am Register now

DNA Testing Transformed My Life

Family history expert, David Barnes, shares his firsthand experience of DNA genealogy. David is a member of Queensland Family History Society and the Genealogical Society of Queensland.
Library Date Time Bookings
Caboolture Monday, 06 August 10.00am-11.30am Register now
North Lakes Tuesday, 07 August 11.00am-12.30pm Register now
Redcliffe Friday, 03 August 11.00am-12.30pm Register now
Strathpine Tuesday, 14 August 10.00am-11.30am Register now

Experience Life in Your Ancestor's Time

Step into your ancestors’ shoes. Chris Schuetz will show you how diaries, memoirs, letters, guidebooks and even novels can provide atmosphere to your family history research.
Library Date Time Bookings
Albany Creek Monday, 27 August 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Arana Hills Wednesday, 22 August 2.00pm-3.00pm Register now
Caboolture Friday, 20 July 1.30pm-2.30pm Register now
North Lakes Tuesday, 24 July 11.00am-12.00noon Register now
Redcliffe Tuesday, 05 June 11.00am-12.00noon Register now

Family history group

Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? Could you use some advice or assistance?

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come and meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.

Library Date Time Bookings
Albany Creek 1st Monday of each month 9.30am - 12.30pm Not required
Arana Hills 1st Thursday of each month 6.30pm - 8.00pm Not required
Caboolture Last Tuesday of each month 1.00pm - 3.00pm Not required
North Lakes Every Thursday 10.00am - 12.00noon Not required
Strathpine 2nd Tuesday of each month 9.00am - 11.00am (Legacy Family Tree help also available) Not required
Strathpine 4th Tuesday of each month 9.00am - 11.00am Not required

Finding your German Ancestors

Learn how resources for researching your German Ancestors have changed over time, and discover new research avenues utilising library resources.

Library Date Time Bookings
Woodford Monday, 28 May 1.00pm - 2.00pm Register now

Help! My Ancestors are Lost!

Unearth your lost ancestors. Helen Smith looks at reasons your ancestors can be difficult to trace and ways get your research back on track.
Library Date Time Bookings
Arana Hills Friday, 10 August 2.00pm-3.00pm Register now
Bribie Island Thursday, 09 August 11.00am-12noon Register now
Burpengary Friday, 10 August 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Deception Bay Thursday, 02 August 10.30am-11.30am Register now
Woodford Thursday, 02 August 2.00pm-3.00pm Register now

Q ANZAC 100: Caring for Your First World War Collections

Do you have photos, letters and documentary heritage material from loved ones who went to war? A SLQ conservator will show you how to care for your personal treasures so they can be preserved for future generations. Please bring a notebook and one item you would like to preserve to this free workshop

Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Museum Thursday, 21 June 1.00pm-4.00pm Register now

Q ANZAC 100: First World War Treasures

This free workshop offers a unique opportunity to put on the white gloves for a hands-on look at some of State Library of Queensland’s and Queensland State Archives’ precious original First World War materials. Collection specialists will guide you through a selection of treasures including letters, diaries and photographs. 

 

Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Museum Thursday, 21 June 10.30am-12.30pm Register now

Q ANZAC 100: Share Your Precious World War I Collections Online

Share your precious World War I collections online. Find out how to share local First World War stories online. You will be shown a range of online tools (Facebook, Twitter, Historypin) to promote and share your wartime stories and collections and encouraged to connect with other Anzac centenary commemoration projects. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. Registration essential.
Library Date Time Bookings
North Lakes Tuesday, 26 June 9.00am-4.00pm Register now

Redcliffe Cemetery Tour

This unique walking tour will reveal important stories and histories that belong to the cemetery’s long term residents. Meet at the Cemetery Gates on MacDonnell Road, Clontarf. Registration essential.

  • Thursday, 21 June; meet at 9.00am
  • Redcliffe Cemetery, MacDonnell Road, Clontarf.

Please wear walking shoes and bring water. Finishes at approximately 10.30am.

Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Cemetery Thursday, 21 June 9.00am - 10.30am Join the waitlist

Redcliffe From the Air

The Redcliffe peninsula has seen tremendous change, with the population exploding following the completion of the Hornibrook Bridge in 1935. As the region has shifted from rural outpost to suburban sprawl, the once green pastures have been replaced with streets, houses and units. These communities have demanded access to parks, recreational activities and commercial precincts, which have left their mark on the landscape. This photographic exhibition will trace the shifting nature of Redcliffe from the mid-twentieth century to the present day.
Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Monday, 07 May to Wednesday, 27 June during library hours Not required

Remembering Redcliffe’s First World War Veterans

Representatives of the Redcliffe & District Family History Group will present the Redcliffe Library Local History Collection with a copy of their book containing a collection of the publicly available records of the men and women with a connection to Redcliffe and District who served in the First World War.

Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Tuesday, 26 June 9.30am - 12.30pm Not required

Research Land Ownership

Kaye Nardella, Senior Curator at the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying demonstrates resources available to unearth ownership of leasehold and freehold land in Queensland.
Library Date Time Bookings
Albany Creek Monday, 02 July 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Redcliffe Tuesday, 07 August 11.00am-12.00noon Register now
Strathpine Tuesday, 26 June 10.00am-11.00am Register now

Research in New South Wales

Improve your knowledge of genealogy records available in New South Wales, and build stories of any (New South) Welshmen in your family tree.

Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Tuesday, 29 May 11.00am - 12.00noon Register now

The Rarest Tank in the World

The Mephisto, residing in the Queensland Museum, is the only surviving German tank from WWI. Join Jeff Hopkins-Weise and Greg Czechura to discover the story of its capture by the largely Queensland derived 26th Infantry Battalion.
Library Date Time Bookings
Redcliffe Tuesday, 31 July 10.00am-11.30am Register now

Upper Caboolture Cemetery Tour

This quaint, resting place hides the stories of Caboolture’s earliest pioneers and Methodist community. Connected to the Upper Caboolture Church it opened in 1875. Join us for an exclusive view into its history. There are no gates so the meeting place will be in front of the church.

Registration essential.

  • Wednesday, 22 August; meet at 9.00am
  • Upper Caboolture Cemetery, 561 Caboolture River Road, Upper Caboolture

Please bring a hat, wear walking shoes and bring water. Finishes at approximately 10.30am.

Library Date Time Bookings
Upper Caboolture Cemetery Wednesday, 22 August 9.00am - 10.30am Register now

Dan Kelly

Writing and Publishing Memoirs and Biographies

Celebrate Family History Month by learning how to write your memoir, biography or family history. Learn to present your life in an enjoyable and readable structure and find out more about the publishing process. Presented by Dan Kelly from Boolarong Press.
Library Date Time Bookings
Strathpine Tuesday, 07 August 10.00am-12.00noon Register now
Caboolture Friday, 17 August 9.30am-11.30am Register now
Arana Hills Friday, 24 August 2.00pm-4.00pm Register now
Bribie Island Monday, 27 August 10.00am-12.00noon Register now

X Marks the Spot: Researching Cemeteries

Explore resources for discovering the graves of our ancestors. Helen Vince will examine online resources, providing practical tips and identifying traps for the unwary.
Library Date Time Bookings
Albany Creek Monday, 30 July 10.00am-11.00am Register now
Arana Hills Friday, 15 June 2.00pm-3.00pm Register now
Bribie Island Thursday, 14 June 11.00am-12.00noon Register now
Deception Bay Thursday, 23 August 10.30am-11.30am Register now
North Lakes Tuesday, 26 June 11.00am-12.00noon Register now
Redcliffe Friday, 29 June 11.00am-12.00noon Register now

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