Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Problem with recent Queensland death indexes

Following on from my hasty post ('More Queensland death indexes online') a couple of days ago... and before we all get too excited about the release of Queensland death indexes up to 1983...

My grandfather died in Queensland in 1967. Yesterday I noticed that his parents are not shown in the online death index entry, but their names are on his death certificate. I also noticed that in Grandad's index entry, columns for 'father' and 'mother' had blank spaces (not the dash that usually appears in the index when a death certificate does not include a parent's name).

An experiment with a common surname revealed that certain years seem to be worse than others. For example, there are 371 SMITH deaths in 1975-1976, but only 10 of them list the parents.

I don't want to waste time doing what someone has already done, so if you have asked the Queensland Registry of BDMs why they omitted parents' names from many of the later death index entries, please let us know the answer by leaving a comment here.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

More Queensland death indexes online

Queensland Registrar-General's indexes to births to 1914, marriages to 1938 and deaths to 1983 are now online - but note that some indexes (births to 1919 and marriages to 1939) are available on microfiche but not online.

Once you know a year of death, it's much easier to search for a recent Supreme Court probate file - which, if it exists, will include the death certificate, thus saving you a lot of money.

There are other tips about Queensland birth, death and marriage records on my Web site and in the book Tips for Queensland Research. See also 'Free certificates in Archives files'.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Family history talks at Taroom, Moura and Biloela

Next month (9th, 10th & 11th April 2013) I will be visiting Taroom, Moura and Biloela to give talks about sources and techniques for family history research. I last spoke at Banana Shire Council libraries in 2009, and I was delighted to be invited back again.

Admission to the talks is free. Refreshments will be served, so to assist with catering please make a booking by contacting the relevant library. For more information (topics, times, venue addresses and telephone numbers), see the 'Talks' page on my Web site (www.judywebster.com.au/talks.html).

You will be able to buy my books after the talks, but you will need to pay by cash or cheque because I will not have EFTPOS facilities there.
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