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Family history

A number of research resources are available to assist family history researchers.

Queensland State Archives resources

Some of the Queensland State Archives' brief guides series, which are particularly relevant to family history research, include:

The search procedures series provides researchers with a step-by-step guide to locate a variety of records, for example, immigration records, land records, inquests, wills and naturalisations.

The best record series to get you started are listed in our research tips.

Visit your local library

Most libraries have genealogical 'how to' books and reference books to help you learn about the history and geography of the areas where your ancestors lived.

Join a family or local history group

Most local history groups have very useful libraries and experienced researchers who will be happy to help you.

You could contact either of the societies listed below, or your local society:

The Hon. Secretary
Queensland Family History Society
PO Box 171
Indooroopilly QLD 4068


The Secretary
Genealogical Society of Queensland
PO Box 8423
Woolloongabba QLD 4102


The internet is a very useful tool; however always remember that information is only as good as the person who entered it onto a system. Always check the original source. If no sources are given, you should question the accuracy of the information.

Record your research findings

Always record what you have researched, even if nothing was found it may save time later. For example - in your notes on the BLOGGS family a note saying:

"Aug 2000 searched Index to Wills (QSA) 1857-1900 for BLOGGS - none found"

will save you doing that search again in 2002 or 2010. Establish a system of recording your information. The biggest mistake made by most researchers is not to keep accurate records.

When making accurate notes, be sure to record exactly where you found the information so it can be verified and checked against other sources. For example:

"told to me by Aunt Mildred SMITH in June 2000" or "Inquest of Joseph SMITH number 234 of 1862 at Queensland State Archives Item ID 348633 (JUS/N34)".

Last updated 02 September 2014

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