Christmas, a time for family history

Christmas is often a time for family, and it can be a good time to explore your family tree.

Family group eating Christmas lunch Queensland 1918

Family group eating Christmas lunch Queensland 1918. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 145810

The State Library of Queensland recommends the following when tracing your family history.
1. Use a pedigree chart to record the search of your direct line
2. Trace backwards and record from yourself starting with your full birth certificate
3. Record the information from your parents’ marriage certificates
4. Record the information from your parents’ birth certificates
5. Continue with this procedure until you find the first arrival in Australia
6. Exhaust all Australian sources before attempting overseas research
7. Maintain records of your search and sources
8. Prepare family group sheets/descendant charts to record relationships other than the direct line.
9. Find out more about the lives of your family

Whitehouse family at Christmas time at the Tupcott property, Laidley district

Whitehouse family at Christmas time at the Tupcott property, Laidley district. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg. 44269

If you want to learn more about your family history check out these resources by the State Library of Queensland.

Family history webcasts: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/audio-video/webcasts/family-history

Family history guides: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/family-history

Family History eresources and indexes available at SLQ: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/family-history/eresources

Trace your family guide: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/family-history/tree

One Search catalogue: http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au

Ask Us: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/ask-us

Alexandra Miller

Librarian, Information Services