Asking for help

We are a society manned by volunteers and are surrounded by both digital and hard copy resources and our aim is to assist you in any way we can but we do ask a couple of things.

Like any Family History Society we have lots of info on hand and sometimes we find it difficult when doing research to give the client the exact info they are looking for .. why you ask??

Well if there are 51 Murphys buried in our cemetery and your looking for John Murphy then it can be really difficult to provide the right one if you don’t give us any extra info, and there sometimes is that amazing event when 2 of them died in the same month and year.

Will we just give you the best sounding one or the first one off the list …. NO... why – because we are pedantic over details.

Details, details details why let details get in the way of a good story. We ask that when you go to any Society for help remember they do not know your family or its story so they are basically looking for strangers in a graveyard.

So ensure you give the Society as much info as you have.. so if you  have done any research send them a copy of it or at least a family group sheet. That way they can link in the missing pieces and any marriages etc or extra family details that may reveal the missing clues.

DON’T keep it to yourself ..we will find a thread, then try and verify that thread, then try and link another thread to the first till we know we have a solid, verifiable link to give you. Also be very clear on what your looking for if your not interested in connecting families that sometimes have vital information. Let us know, as sometimes you have to go sideways to go down or up.

We are not mind readers, or psychic’s and are only able to work off what you give us.

We have updated our resource page to clarify when we ask you for a donation it is because we have spent time and money looking for you and to continue providing this service we need to be able to buy new books, purchase subscriptions etc..

Did you know if you drop into our rooms you can use all our subscriptions so for the annual fee of joining as a member you get the use of things like full Ancestry, Find My Past, Society of Genealogists website etc as part of your subscription.

Please help us help you by sending us as much info as you can when your asking us or anybody for help.. saves time, energy and coffee if we have a good starting point.

Happy Searching

So we have heaps going on at the moment and will catch up soon for the latest updates.

  • If you are looking for some of the Fraser Coast Libraries collections or projects go to HERE.
  • Looking for Whats on Fraser Coast Click Here
  • Don’t forget we are having some time off over Christmas but we are still around for urgent requests.. just drop us a line through our CONTACT page.
  • If you have a research request go to “Contact Us”
  • To see all our dates go to : Calender of Events
  • Cemetery Tour Information: Tour Information

Busy, busy, busy

We hope you all had a lovely break over Easter, we are back on deck and flat out and its a huge week for us. We have a committee meeting this week and we are hoping to discuss some exciting things that could change the way we do things.

 

Some of the things we are looking at is things like digital downloads of our books. We know how easy it is to download and read something on your computer and with such busy lives and the chance to get that tiny missing link of info. this could make a huge difference to your research.

We have been really busy with our Family Research Program and over the last month have listed more than 5,00 headstones matched to the person if they are buried in the Wide Bay area,

We have added thousands of extracts from the newspapers, new information on houses around the area.

Then one of our amazing researchers Marlene has been doing a huge job of researching the history of Butchers in the area and it has been a massive project but coming together in an awesome way.

In our paper records we had files and files of Service Booklets from funerals and we have been adding them to the people profiles we are building. It is amazing what information can be found in those booklets. If you have any of these in your collections and would like to scan and send us a copy we would appreciate being able to add it to our records. 

Our Family Tree is still growing at such a pace.. we have added more than 2,000 names in the last couple of weeks alone and are hoping to be able to release that online for your use before Christmas.. but it takes time to enter all the names so keep checking in with us to see our progress.

 

Our Family Tree is a compilation of family trees we have had donated to us and we are putting them all together in one place, the sources of information have come from near and far, and it is basically user submitted and we will be once we have the base names in there asking if you would like to add you information too..

So we have heaps going on at the moment and will catch up soon for the latest updates.

  • If you are looking for some of the Fraser Coast Libraries collections or projects go to HERE.
  • Looking for Whats on Fraser Coast Click Here
  • Don’t forget we are having some time off over Christmas but we are still around for urgent requests.. just drop us a line through our CONTACT page.
  • If you have a research request go to “Contact Us”
  • To see all our dates go to : Calender of Events
  • Cemetery Tour Information: Tour Information

JOHNSTON REUNION NOTICE

JOHNSTON REUNION NOTICE

Descendants of WILLIAM and ISABELLA  (nee Cunningham) JOHNSTON from Whitsome, Scotland, who arrived in Australia in 1817 and settled in the Bathurst and Wingham districts are invited to a reunion to celebrate 200 years since their arrival in Australia, 5-6 August 2017 at Wingham Golf Club, Wingham, NSW.  Enquiries to Margaret Chaffer – margaretchaffer@bigpond.com

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BACKGROUND

A very happy Reunion was held at Bathurst in 2013 to recognise the importance of William & Isabella’s arrival in Sydney on 6th August 1817 on board the “Canada” following a journey of 138 days,  and their subsequent perilous journey across the Blue Mountains in 1823 with four very young children in Bathurst,.  William was appointed to the Government position of Superintendent of Agriculture as that area had started to open up the western area of New South Wales. A very moving ceremony for approximately 75 descendants was held with a special bronze plaque being placed on the memorial wall in Bathurst to honour early settlers in 2013.

As it is now almost 200 years since William and Isabella Johnston (as a newly married couple), and William’s friend Michael Henderson, arrived in Sydney Town, it is an appropriate time to honour these ancestors with further recognition of their courage and renewal of friendship with the many descendants of this large family – there were 12 surviving children born in the Colony between 1818 and 1838.

This special Reunion gathering is being planned for the weekend of 5/6th August, 2017 at the Wingham Golf Club.  Participants will start arriving on Friday, 4th August and will probably gather for a meal together on Friday night.  Saturday and Sunday’s programs are still being work out but will include visits to several properties in the area where Johnston family members lived, the Wingham cemetery, the Presbyterian Church for worship and to view the stained glass window dedicated to William and Isabella some years ago, a commemorative dinner and trivia on Saturday night as well as a special presentation to the Wingham Historical Society in memory of William and Isabella and recognising the wonderful work of this community organisation.

 

  • If you are looking for some of the Fraser Coast Libraries collections or projects go to HERE.
  • Looking for Whats on Fraser Coast Click Here
  • Don’t forget we are having some time off over Christmas but we are still around for urgent requests.. just drop us a line through our CONTACT page.
  • If you have a research request go to “Contact Us”
  • To see all our dates go to : Calender of Events
  • Cemetery Tour Information: Tour Information