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History Queensland Fair 23 May 2010 Review

The 7th History Queensland Biennial Family and Local History Fair was held in a new venue, the Donald Simpson Centre at Cleveland. Exhibitors were in two main rooms with a few smaller rooms adjacent plus there was a large lunch area and refreshments available onsite. There was also plenty of parking areas but it paid to arrive early as numbers attending were high and most people seemed to stay all day.

Major Events Poll

Here are the results of our 16th Unlock the Past poll - What major events do you hope to attend? Seventy-six people voted casting a total of 216 votes. The summary shows a lot of interest in attending major events - more than 60 percent have indicated they will be attending the Find My Past Tour in May and the National Roadshow later in the year. Events which are regional (and hence not accessible to everyone who responded) still have recorded a fairly high level of interest.

Brick Wall Solutions - Searching for Smiths and Browns

by Mary Geiger

When talking recently to a friend about searching on World Vital Records, I said that I never search for my main family lines of Smith and Brown as they always produce way too many results.

My grandfather Neil Smith was born in North Barnawartha, Victoria in 1879 and he, along with one brother whom I thought was his brother George, were the only ones to come to Queensland.

Subscription and PPV Sites Poll

Here are the results of our 15th Unlock the Past poll - What subscription or pay per view online content sites do you use? 167 people voted casting a total of 603 votes. Ancestry clearly had the largest following but Find My Past - who operate Find My Past, 1911 Census, Ancestors on Board and Genes Reunited - attracted a large number of votes as well. Sites that are regional, such as ScotlandPeople, naturally attracted a smaller but still strong vote.

Free Online Content Poll

Here are the results of our 14th Unlock the Past poll - What free online content do you use? 89 people voted casting a total of 678 votes.

How Did You Get Into History or Genealogy Poll

Here are the results of our 13th Unlock the Past poll - How did you get into history or genealogy? 116 people voted indicating a huge range of things which triggered their initial interest - "other" scored the most votes.

The Accidental Finding of a Long Lost Relative

I’m sure most - if not all - people interested or acquainted with the field of genealogy have experienced that moment of surprise mixed with a bit of excitement when they discover that someone who they already know is related to them. With my interests lying in history, not genealogy, and my heritage still waiting for proper investigation, I had yet to experience such a classic moment. My attempts at discovering my family tree have been minimal at best and my knowledge shamefully limited of whence I came.

Brick Wall Solutions - the elusive Alfred Beeston

The question I’ve heard repeatedly from English friends since 1992 is “What have you done with our Alfred?”

Whilst researching my own Beeston family who originated in Mugginton, Derbyshire then progressively moved to Fenny Bentley, Kniveton, and Hognaston (all in Derbyshire) before going to Heaton Norris (Lancashire

Genealogy Software Poll

Here are the results of our 12th Unlock the Past poll - What genealogy software do you use? 226 people voted casting a total of 307 votes. As well as presenting an overall summary of the results the graph displays the percentages of voters using each of the programs listed in the poll (Mac programs in red).

The usefulness of digitised records when researching

For the past 2 years I have been researching Lutheran history in South Australia and their response to Hitler. It’s a fascinating topic and one that’s never been looked at before so there’s not much information and only a small portion compiled.

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