The webcasts below cover topics including family history, genealogy and related elements of Queensland history and heritage.
The videos have been divided up into: Life events, Travel and migration, Time and place, and Oral histories. Each section is organised with the latest talk at the beginning. Click on the video you want to watch. Click on play. To view video in full screen, click on " [ ] " in bottom right hand corner.
A life event is an event that changes your life in some way. Records of major life events form the building blocks of family history research. View these videos to gain an idea on what resources to search, and where they're located.
Presenter - Stephanie Ryan, State Library of Queensland
Discover State Library's many and varied birth, death and marriage sources for Australia and overseas, and learn the skills to use them productively. Staff from the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and State Library will demonstrate what is available.
Presenter - Staff member from Queensland Registry for births, deaths and marriages
Settlement in Australia began in 1788. Since then millions of people from Europe and around the world have arrived in Australia, as migrants or convicts. These talks can connect you to new resources. They can help you discover ways to locate information to further your research.
Presenter - Saadia Thomson-Dwyer, Queensland State Archives
Finding an ancestor’s arrival in Australia can be difficult, but there is an increasing number of ways to track them. The National Archives of Australia, Queensland State Archives and State Library, together, hold the major Australian shipping records for the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear staff from all these organisations discuss their records and how to use them effectively.
Presenter - Cara Downes, National Archives of Australia
Kirsten Perris from the State Library of Queensland, and Saadia Thomson-Dwyer from Queensland State Archives discuss the resources each repository holds which can help track down your convict.
Presenter - Kirsten Perris, State Library of Queensland
Lost immigration lists and missing names on lists create challenges for researchers. Female immigrants, both the poor and ‘distressed gentlewomen’ may also be difficult to track. Family history staff Stephanie Ryan and Kirsten Perris will help you deal with some of these problems by demonstrating how to use relevant resources that State Library provides.
Listen to staff from State Library of Queensland, Queensland State Archives and National Archives of Australia, discuss their records and how to use them effectively.
Presenter - Niles Elvery, Queensland State Archives
Presenter - Greg Cope, National Archives of Australia
View these videos to see what types of resources you can search to find your ancestor in a certain place at a certain time. Learn what techniques can be used to search the resources.
Presenter - Stepehanie Ryan, State Library of Queensland
Explore historical stories pieced together using a range of SLQ and online resources. Learn how these resources may be used to answer questions of your own.
Many immigrant ancestors moved about after they landed in their new country, making them difficult to trace. Traditional means of searching cannot guarantee results so we must look to alternative resources including diaries, letters, books, reports of government enquiries, post office directories, electoral rolls and newspaper accounts to locate them. See how you can explore these possibilities to track down immigrant ancestors.
Presenter - Dr Carmel Black, Senior Historian, City Architecture and Heritage team, Brisbane City Council
Interested in the history of a house? Discover how to explore its story in this discussion with special guests. Find out about the importance of determining your purpose, the resources you need, where to find them and the strategies required.
Presenter - Kaye Nardella, Senior Curator, Lands, Mapping and Surveying Museum
Presenter - Stephanie Ryan, Senior Librarian, State Library of Queensland
Don Watson, architect, historian and 2013 John Oxley Library Fellow
Presenter - Simon Farley, Collection Curator, State Library of Queensland
State Library’s World War I collections include: original diaries and letters; newspapers, photographs, oral histories, medals, and rare publications including home front and battalion histories. Collection Curator Simon Farley and Senior Family History Librarian Stephanie Ryan outline the resources available to help you trace your family connections to this period.
State Library of Queensland holds the one of the largest publicly available collections of Queensland newspapers as well as major Australian and overseas titles in various formats. Find out about the sometimes elusive fount of information available for your family history research, and learn some strategies to use it effectively.
Presenter - John Graham from the Ryerson Index to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers.
Where do you go to find significant family history collections in Queensland and assistance in using resources? Find out about what resources the Genealogical Society of Queensland, the Queensland Family History Society and the State Library have, and how they can help you in your research.
Presenter - Sue Reid, President of the Queensland Family History Society (QFHS) Inc
Presenter - Margaret Coleman, Vice-President of the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ)
View the video to learn more about the oral history interview process.
What happens to the oral history interview once the microphone is turned off, and the individual leaves the chair and walks away? Oral History Queensland (OHQ) partnered with State Library of Queensland to ask Brisbane’s experienced practitioners to share their thoughts on the topic and respond to questions from the audience.
Michelle Rayner – Historian, Radio National producer and presenter
Jennifer Barrkman – Oral historian and playback theatre practitioner
David Burton - Brisbane playwright and author and
Gavin Bannerman – SLQ’s first appointed Oral History and Digital Storytelling Coordinator (2008-2011)