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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.


Australian Heritage Festival

The Australian Heritage Festival is an annual event between April and May celebrating heritage, history and culture. The 2018 theme is My Culture, My Story. The Festival is an opportunity to reflect on the places where we live, work, and travel, and why they are special.

In addition to the Moreton Bay History Seminar below, on Saturday, 19 May at Redcliffe Library, we're celebrating stories and our diverse and distinctive cultures with a day of events for writers and readers.

Learn more about the Heritage Festival events for writers

The Australian Heritage Festival is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Trusts Partnership Program.

Program

Moreton Bay History Seminar 2018

Moreton Bay History Seminar

The Moreton Bay History Seminar returns for its second year, celebrating the diverse history of the Moreton Bay Region.

  • Ray Kerkhove explores the history and traditions of Aboriginal peoples in our district, bringing to life the long Indigenous history of our region.
  • Peter Ludlow focuses on the fascinating characters who have called the region home, stitching together the communities that make up our region.
  • Cliff Pollard and Jeff Hopkins-Weise commemorate the centenary of the First World War by exploring the repatriation of our soldiers and how they were supported by local organisations.
Library Date Time Bookings
North Lakes Community Centre, Level 2, The Corso North Lakes Wednesday, 16 May 9.30am - 12.00noon Register now

Discover Ancestry.com Library Edition

Learn how to kick start your family history research with historical information available free online in the library.

Library Date Time Bookings
Strathpine Thursday, 03 May 6.30pm - 7.30pm Register now

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

Discover Find My Past

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
Caboolture Thursday, 17 May 2.00pm - 3.00pm Register now
Strathpine Thursday, 10 May 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

Discover Pugh's Almanac

Ever wondered where your ancestors went to eat, ply their trade, or to celebrate their life events? Join Bob McAllistar 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
Albany Creek Monday, 14 May 10.00am - 11.00am Register now
North Lakes Tuesday, 22 May 1.00pm - 2.00pm Register now
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

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 Register now

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

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
Arana Hills Wednesday, 16 May 2.00pm - 3.00pm Register now
Bribie Island Tuesday, 17 April 2.00pm - 3.00pm Event Cancelled
Caboolture Monday, 23 April 10.30am - 11.30am Register now
Deception Bay Thursday, 24 May 10.30am - 11.30am Register now
Redcliffe Tuesday, 29 May 11.00am - 12.00noon Register now
Woodford Wednesday, 07 March 2.00pm - 3.00pm Event Cancelled

Researching UK Archives

Learn how to trace your British ancestors from the comfort of your PC. Find out what records have been made available from the central record repositories in the United Kingdom.

Library Date Time Bookings
Caboolture Tuesday, 22 May 1.30pm - 2.30pm Register now
Strathpine Tuesday, 22 May 10.00am - 11.00am Register now

The Gale NewsVault: a British Newspaper Resource

Discover more about The Gale NewsVault. This free resource offers access to British newspapers, such as The London Times, which are not available via the British Newspaper Archive.

Library Date Time Bookings
Arana Hills Wednesday, 18 April 2.00pm - 3.00pm Register now
Burpengary Friday, 27 April 1.00pm - 2.00pm Register now
North Lakes Thursday, 19 April 1.00pm - 2.00pm 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. Meet at the Cemetery gates. Registration essential.

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

Please 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, 06 August 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
Strathpine Tuesday, 12 June 10.00am-11.00am Register now

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