ACTIVITIES in which we are involved include:-
- Beginners’ / Refresher Courses
- Bus Trips
- Christmas Party
- Community Work
- Computer and Other Courses
- Fund Raising
- General Meetings
- Information for Members
- Interest Groups
- Seminars & Workshops
- Writers’ Competition
BEGINNERS’ / REFRESHER COURSES
Each year we conduct at
least one Beginners’ / Refresher Course over a four week period on a Saturday
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
There 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
Participants are given comprehensive handout notes to help them work through
the information at home.
Each 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 day.
Visitors are welcome to come on these bus trips. The cost of the bus trip is
$25 per person which covers the bus hire.
Details of the planned Bus Trips for the year are on our . Calendar of Events
Early in December our
members and their partners join together for lunch to celebrate Christmas. We
have “Secret Santa” gifts and lots of fun.
Members of the Group regularly speak at other Community Groups,
Schools etc on how to research a Family Tree and
We are also actively involved in promoting local and family history in the
area and are represented at events and open days promoting local history.
COMPUTER AND OTHER COURSES
As 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 of Events.
Without 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 Christmas goodies. 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.
Our 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.
A program for our General Meetings is available on our . Calendar of Events
INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
A monthly newsletter is
distributed to members to keep them fully informed on upcoming group
activities, what's new in 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.
There are currently three Interest Groups: England & Wales, Scotland and Germany. Members meet once a
month to discuss new websites, publications, discoveries
by members or the sharing of a find. These are self help
Details of the times the Interest Groups meet each month are on our . Calendar of Events
We have undertaken a
number of indexing projects and regularly produce CD-ROMs. Details of our
projects are available on our Publications page.
Some of our members are researching the military history of the diggers who
enlisted for World War 1 from the Sunshine Coast as part of the
We also have members indexing death and funeral details published in the
Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper as part of the Ryerson Index.
Our group offers a basic research service to members and non-members using resources held by
our group. An initial 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.
SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS
We 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 and internationally.
Details of planned Seminars are on our . Calendar of Events
Lorrie 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 peers.