On a recent visit to the Family History Association of North Queensland Inc. at Hermit Park in Townsville to collect the books that they kindly donated to our library, I was met by Marilyn Grogan who welcomed me with open arms. Another volunteer was also there, but alas I have already forgotten his name.
I received a tour of their library by Marilyn with a full description of one particular section that contained information to assist you to complete a degree externally with the University of Tasmania in family tree research.
They have approximately four alleys of books (books on both sides), that by the looks of the indexing reminded me of the town library indexing system (they have over 4,000 books). A row of computers along one side for research with a board room table centre stage with microfiche, microfilm and mapping at one end.
The board room is used for regular family history classes, including, introduction to family history, Family Tree Maker computer programme called Legacy, writing family stories, trove and DNA classes. These are conducted predominantly by Jim with Marilyn on hand in case Jim is unavailable.
On speaking with Marilyn about the computer programme (which incidentally I have) she then proceeded to tell me about the new version and some little tricks that maybe I was unaware of. She could not have been more helpful.
Marilyn has been treasurer for the past 6 years and their Annual Meeting was to be held the following weekend. She will be standing as President. The most members they have had is 300, with the numbers now down to approximately 200.
When I presented the WW2 book on behalf of Whitsunday Family History and thanking them again for their generous donation, they were taken unawares and immediately started looking at their newly gifted book. They were as appreciative of the gifted book as we are of their recently donated books.
Top marks to Marilyn and Jim for their hospitality. I shall certainly be in touch with them again when next I am visiting Townsville.
Marilyn’s details are:
Marilyn Grogan, (President Elect)
Mobile 0418 197 012 Email: email@example.com
Julie Lee, Vice President, Whitsunday Family History Group Inc.