in which we are involved include:-
/ REFRESHER COURSES
year we conduct at least one Beginners’ / Refresher Course
over a four week period on a Saturday afternoon.
The theme for
each session of three hours is:
Week 1 - Introduction to
Family History Research
Week 2 - Record Keeping
Week 3 -
Researching in Australia
Week 4 - Researching Overseas
are a number of demonstrations/tutorials throughout the course
including Latter Day Saints (Mormons) Family Search website;
Family Tree Maker; Searching BDM records in Australia; Trove; UK
BMD and Ancestry.
Details of the planned Beginners’ /
Refresher Courses for the year are on our Calendar
are given comprehensive handout notes to help them work through
the information at home.
year we hire a bus to take us to the State Repositories to
conduct research. There is one trip to Queensland State Archives
and another to the State Library of Queensland. We also have an
annual bus trip to the rooms of Queensland Family History Society
(QFHS) where we have access to their full facilities for the
Visitors are welcome to come on these bus trips. The cost
of the bus trip is $25 per person which covers the bus
Details of the planned Bus Trips for the year are on our
in December our members and their partners join together for
lunch to celebrate Christmas. In recent years we have hired a
room at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. We have “Secret
Santa” gifts and lots of fun.
of the Group regularly speak at other Community Groups, Schools
etc on how to research a Family Tree and collect information.
are also actively involved in promoting local and family history
in the area and are represented at events and open days promoting
AND OTHER COURSES
the need arises, other courses are conducted throughout the year.
These could include Basic Word Processing, Library Orientation,
Using the Internet, Exploring Trove etc.
Details of the
planned Computer and Other Courses for
the year are on our Calendar
funds no organisation can exist and ours is certainly no
exception. To ensure we have money for resources and equipment,
we conduct sausage sizzles at Bunnings every year. We also have
an end of year raffle where the prizes are hampers of
Throughout the year we run the “100 Club” where
anyone can join by paying $20.00 per annum. There are three draws
for cash prizes at each General Meeting.
General Meetings are held on the 3rd
Thursday of each
month from 1.30pm. At the start of our General Meeting we usually
have a Guest Speaker who talks on a topic of interest to our
members and visitors. These topics include genealogical matters,
local and family history, historical events etc. The guest
speaker may be a staff member from a government repository such
as Qld State Archives, National Archives, Registrar General Dept,
State Library etc or an archaeologist, military person, local
historian, or one of our members who has knowledge in a
particular area. We advertise our General Meetings in the local
newspapers and visitors are most welcome to come along.
program for our General Meetings is available on our . Calendar
monthly newsletter is distributed to members to keep them fully
informed on upcoming group activities, what's
genealogy, items of interest, and what's happening at the state
repositories and at other groups etc. This is in addition to our
quarterly journal, the Caloundra Clipper.
are currently three Interest Groups: England & Wales,
meet once a month to discuss new websites, publications,
discoveries by members or the sharing of a find. These are self
Details of the times the Interest Groups meet
each month are on our . Calendar
have undertaken a number of indexing projects and regularly
produce CD-ROMs. Details of our projects are available on our
our members are researching the military history of the diggers
who enlisted for World War 1 from the Sunshine Coast as part of
the Adopt-a-Digger Project.
We also have members indexing
death and funeral details published in the Sunshine Coast Daily
newspaper as part of the Ryerson Index.
group offers a basic research service to members and non-members
resources held by our group.
service fee of $15 is charged, followed by $20 per hour
thereafter. We provide advice on obtaining birth, marriage and
death certificates and other documents in Australia and overseas
as well as ordering
BMD certificates for England and Wales.
generally organise one or two seminars or workshops throughout
the year. A number of interesting speakers are invited to talk to
the Group at these Seminars/Workshops on various aspects of
Family Research to help members overcome problems. The speakers
are experts in their field and come from both within Australia
Details of planned Seminars are on
our . Calendar
Barzdo, a very active member of our group sadly passed away in
January 2011. She left a legacy of $1,000 to encourage members to
write their stories. This money will provide an annual prize for
the ensuing 10 years for the best story judged by a panel of