Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - February 2022

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tuesday 15 February - 7:30pm General Meeting



TOPIC: A tour of the Female Convicts Resource Centre's database with Elizabeth Bumstead

The Female Convicts Resource Centre (FCRC) database has a searchable record for each one of the 13,500 female convicts of Van Diemens Land. The record is not just about their time as a convict, but has cradle-to-grave information where available.

Branch member Ros Escott is a regular presenter at monthly meetings and co-convener of the Branch's DNA Interest Group. She is actively involved in the activities of the FCRC. In this presentation Ros will demonstrate how to use the database to explore the wealth of information available to family history researchers. She will do this by focusing on accessing the records for one convict, Elizabeth Bumstead.

To enable members to access this Zoom presentation log-in details for the meeting will be forwarded via email on Monday February 14.

Non members wishing to access the presentation are invited to contact the Secretary by email requesting that log-in details be forwarded to them.

More for Your Diary

Thu 17 February - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 10 February - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting


Thu - Library Committee

Note: Postponed until March, hoping things will be better then. If you have any matters you wish to raise, please let me know.

Branch Update - Library Re-Opening

Due to the uncertainty we are curently experiencing with the COVID-19 situation the Committee has decided to delay the re-opening of the branch until Tuesday 8 March 2022, and this date may still be subject to further delay if necessary.

Monday Group will be returning on Monday 14 March 2022.

However, we do require our members, volunteers and visitors to wear masks at all times within the building and, in order to fall into line with our co-tenants, SPAT, you are asked to provide evidence on arrival in whichever form, either paper or on your phone, of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a medical exemption from getting the vaccination.

We understand there may be some Library Assistants who do not wish to attend on their rostered day for a while and we would appreciate your notification some days beforehand please.

Thank you for your understanding. Keep safe and well.

Library Accessions January 2022

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The following items were accessioned during the month of September 2021.


* Denotes complimentary or donated item

Back To Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online With Cyndi Ingle

Genealogical Society of Queensland

This presentation will be recorded and available for participants to view for one month if they are unable to attend the live presentation.

Date & Time : 26 March 2022 at 9 am (AEST Queensland time) by Zoom

Cost : $20 GSQ and QFHS members. $30 Non-members.

Book here:

With Australian, New Zealand and UK examples


You've been researching for years, but you find yourself repeating searches and looking at the same things over and over again online. You're either spinning your wheels or reinventing the wheel, but either way you go round and round. We will discuss some strategies for planning your research and executing it efficiently, while keeping track of what you are currently doing and plan to do in the future.


Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. In its 25 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, US TV, the BBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Wired, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines.

Respected Commentators to Speak at
National Elder Abuse Conference In Hobart  14-15 February 2022

If you register for both days to attend in person, you'll also get a ticket to the Welcome Function on the first night, where you can expand your networks with a host of speakers and delegates.

Delegates will also have access to recordings of sessions for 30 days after the conference.

Find out more about keynote speakers and view the program here

Register here

NOTE: Registrations close on 8 February 2022

Two of Australia's most respected media commentators will inform and spark debate at the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference (NEAC) in Hobart.

Nicki Hutley is a highly skilled economist who puts her extensive experience in financial and investment markets to work developing and evaluating social impact programs. She is a frequent guest on The Drum and The Project.

George Megalogenis is a journalist and author whose hard-hitting commentaries have challenged politicians and policy makers to do better for more than 30 years.

NEAC is proud that such high-calibre generalist commentators have been moved to bring their expertise to raising awareness of elder abuse's impact on all Australians.

Nicki and George are just two of the impressive keynote speakers at NEAC, which you can attend in person at Wrest Point, Hobart, or online wherever you are, on 14-15 February.

If you're a Tasmanian resident, you'll get a 30% discount on any ticket type when you register with the code NEAC30.

Comprehensive Subject Index - CSI on the Web

The Comprehensive Subject Index (CSI) is a searchable database of references to named people, objects, places, or events. The data has been compiled by TFHS Inc. volunteers over many years from the contents of publications in TFHS Inc. Branch Libraries.

For several years it was only available through an application running on a PC in the Hobart branch library. Thanks to some clever development work it is now also available through our web site. This web version does not yet include every function available on the PC but all data is available here.

CSI is a work in progress. Indexing carries on and data is regularly added to the database. The database certainly does not yet cover every publication. So even if you search CSI and get no results, that does not necessarily mean that we cannot help you. We have many other resources to assist you with your research. We also have volunteers willing to assist - check here for more details.

Each item of information can take two forms, either:

· a mandatory name together with optional given names, or

· a major subject together with a topic within that subject's domain, with a reference showing where in the publication the reference can be found.

While most sources can be found at the Hobart branch in Bellerive, many can also be found in other branches. So, contact this branch first when trying to locate a source or book.