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Genealogical Society of Queensland - GSQ
Do you ever wonder where your family originally came from? Well, GSQ (yes, the official title is a mouthful) will help you get started on a search during their FREE Family History Open Day on Saturday, 24 March from 10 am until 2 pm. Check out the website: www.gsq.org.au for more details and a location map.
You'll find the centre at the corner of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and (25) Stackpole Street, Wishart. However, entry is ONLY via Stackpole Street. There's large signposting on the corner to help guide you into Stackpole Street.
The website has an easy-to-follow menu which will keep you absorbed for hours. To tempt you to get started or renew your membership just by taking part in the day's activities, there is a FREE membership gift. Introductory courses are run several times a year as well as monthly Saturday sessions. Keep an eye on the website to find a date that suits your availability.
There's no worries about parking, as there are plenty of onsite car parks or unrestricted street parking. Alternatively, you can travel by (BCC) BUZ buses (Route 180). Check with Translink for more information.
As well as ancestry groups (where you know your family originated e.g. United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia) you can extend your interest to your DNA, Military History, or Convict Connections. Special interest enthusiasts will be on hand to help you get started.
There's a small gift shop where you can buy memorabilia and books or even a magnablobe. It's an essential tool for reading old newspapers, certificates and books. Available too are Convict keys rings which identify you (or relatives) as having Australian Royalty Status, i.e. your ancestors arrived in Australia as convicts.
Membership affords you free access to online genealogy sites including Ancestry, Find My Past, Irish Roots, The Genealogist, British Newspaper Archive and Biographical Database of Australia.
In addition to helping you get started, the enthusiastic and willing volunteers will revive you with morning tea.