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In December 1810, the new Governor of NSW, Lachlan Macquarie, issued orders that Chaplains and Assistant Chaplains keep exact Registers of Marriages, Christenings, Churching of Women and Funerals which they performed and to make a correct Return thereof once in every Quarter to the Secretary's Office at Sydney. The said Registers were required to contain the Marriages, Christenings, Churchings and Funerals as of all convicts and prisoners as wel as of free persons.
Marie explains about Churchings.
by Marie Heilbruinn
Recently I underwent major surgery in a Sydney hospital. We would all be aware that Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease is a very big problem at the present time. When I became fully conscious after my operation, I found myself in a four-bed ward with two Dementia patients; a third was to arrive at midnight. For their privacy I will call them Millie, Molly and Mandy.
Beryl tells her story.
Five Days with Dementia
by Beryl Whatson
Grandma and the Family Tree (Extract)
by Virginia Day McDonald. The
Oral History is the first way notable events were recorded by mankind. One can only imagine early man huddled around the cave campfire regaling the day's hunt to his family. As the children grew, they would ask questions about other family members and past events and so the stories would grow and be repeated to others over time.
Lynda explores this subject.
Memories ..... Oral History or Just Small Talk
by Lynda Smith
Taken from "The Old Historians Encyclopaedia"
Old Names for Trades
by Kerrie Metcalfe
This is of general interest to those who currently hold certificates with original names of townships in Australia prior to World War I. It may not be complete but is a good reference point.
Place & District Name Changes in World War I
Published TOL Vol 18 No 3, September 2002
Fermanagh or FIR MANACH was the name of the clan that had settled the area about 1 AD; they were one of five clans.
The Irish - County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
by Gwen Bates
On 31st December 1838 after over four months at sea the sailing ship Francis Spaight arrived in Sydney. On board were five "Sister of Charity" nuns, an Irish religious order, sent out at the request of Bishop John Bede Polding.
The Sisters of Charity and their Arrival in Sydney
by Kevin Bradbury
Google is the search engine of choice for most genealogists I know, due to its ability to return relevant search results for genealogy and surname queries and its huge index. Google is much more than just a tool for finding Web sites, however, and most people surfing for information on their ancestors barely scratch the surface of its full potential. If you know what you are doing, you can use Google to search within Web sites, locate photos of your ancestors, bring back dead sites, and track down missing relatives. Learn how to Google as you've never Googled before:
12 Google Search Tips
In England in the 19th century, what legal steps did a couple who wished to marry have to take? What was required in the way of documentation, sponsors, witnesses, and the like?
Marriage Law in England
In the interests of keeping chat room conversations flowing at a rate comparable to real-life talking, many acronyms and abbreviated forms of commonly-used words have sprung up to allow fast conveyance of ideas.
Commonly Used on the Net
Definitely a good use of the 1911 Census
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) began in 1945 when an agreement, to copy material relating to Australia and the Pacific held in repositories in the United Kingdom, was signed by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. Filming began in 1948 .....
Australian Joint Copying Project
How to preserve your precious documents presented by The US National Archives and Records Administration.
for Your Family Archives
Free Guide to
Features include articles on each of London’s 109 historic parishes loaded with descriptions of records available online at major websites
This guide from FamilySearch is an excellent resource.
Genuki's listing of Country and County Codes in the British Isles
for UK Counties
What's available in each State and Territory of Australia
: Australian. Details for each State
Commonwealth of Australia Copyright Act 1968 - Sect 47C : Back-up copy of computer programs.
Commonwealth Consolidated Acts
Here's an easy to understand article which will help you understand the basics of
A reader, M, is puzzled by the notion of copyrighting a website. "I have seen personal genealogy websites that say copyright (c) 2012 etc.," M notes. "My question is how does a website get to be copyrighted and what does the copyright protect?" Great question and, since
The Legal Genealogist
has more than one copyrighted website .....
Effective Use of Genealogical
The Internet offers all of us many great opportunities to share and exchange information. One of the more frequently used and prominent means of communication on the Internet is through message boards, including bulletin boards and forums. Message boards allow people to communicate freely with one another in a public forum. When many people participate in these boards, the amount of information that can be shared is tremendous.
by Natalie D. Cottrill
Lots of good information about English Counties
English Counties, Parishes, etc.
A great way to uncover clues to your family history or to get great quotes for journaling in a heritage scrapbook is a family interview. By asking the right, open-ended questions, you're sure to collect a wealth of family tales. Use this list of family history interview questions to help you get started
for Family History Interviews
For all 'The Cottage'
My top ten worst genealogy practices targeted in 2012
The actual standard as Prepared by the Family History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Lists large numbers of abbreviations
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet; as Recommended by the National Genealogical Society (US)
for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
How to Stay
Jeff Goins : In case you haven’t noticed, I write about all the stuff I suck at. And here’s my worst struggle yet: staying focused. ......
In Great Britain today, the term county is synonymous with shire. Historically, however, the two words have different origins. In medieval times, a county was .....
of the Counties
The "perfect" headstone
If only ...
According to the 2001 UK census, the UK now has more people aged over 60 than under 16. It also revealed that there are now 1.1 million people aged over 85 in the UK -- and the trend toward an ageing population is common in many other western countries. We recently analysed and compared the results of 16 usability testing sessions.
Usability for Older Users
Enjoy the magic of the Internet. Learn the basics here. For seniors or anybody who could use a little help using the Internet.
Basics for Seniors (or anybody who could use a little help)
A simple Latin translation dictionary to help Genealogists and Family Historians to understand Latin phrases in old documents, wills, deeds, contracts and manorial, church & parish records.
Terms in Genealogy
These Core Rules of Netiquette are extracted from the book "Netiquette" by Virginia Shea. Click on each rule for elaboration.
: the Core Rules
Planning the Perfect
Make your next family reunion a success with these family reunion planning tips, timetables, projects, checklists, reunion games, icebreakers, and ideas for incorporating and encouraging family history and genealogy.
Conscious of the fact that sharing information or data with others, whether through speech, documents or electronic media, is essential to family history research and that it needs continuing support and encouragement, responsible family historians consistently .....
For Sharing Genealogy Information With Others
Recognizing that how they use unique original records and fragile publications will affect other users, both current and future, family history researchers habitually .....
For Using Records, Repositories and Libraries
Source Citations and Documentation; How Much Documentation? Evaluating Evidence: Primary and Secondary Sources; When Do You Know You Have "Enough Proof"? Test Your Skills on This Problem
Sources, Citations, Documentation and Evaluating Evidence
WFHG's Australian Convict page
Website Links : Cemeteries, Headstones, Monumental Inscriptions & Death Records
You may search the Blue Mountains regional cemetery database for any recorded burial location. Simply type in the given name, surname, or both and click submit
Cemeteries : Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Lawson, Springwood & Wentworth Falls
Brisbane City Council maintains records of people interred in our facilities. Unfortunately, not all records are complete because Council only gained full control of Brisbane's public cemeteries in July 1930. Before that time, a number of trusts established under Queensland law managed these cemeteries.
Cemetery Records : Bald Hills, Balmoral, Brookfield, Cedar Creek, Hemmant, Lutwyche, Moggill, Mt Gravatt, Nundah, Pinnaroo, South Brisbane and Toowong
Cemeteries in and around
Graeme Challinor has visited and catalogued the graves and memorials at twenty-nine cemeteries in and around the Shire of Gunning.
Cemeteries of the
Hello my name is Karyn Findlay and I have been photographing cemeteries in and around South-East Queensland and Northern NSW for years and have finally decided to create a database to allow others easy access to the information. I hope that it will be a useful tool for others interested in genealogy and history.
All the transcriptions have been taken from original photos and in the case of cemeteries in the Warwick Shire transcriptions have been crossed referenced to the local Council's burial records.
Clarence Valley Council is pleased to present its online burial register. The register covers ashes internments and burials within the Clarence Valley. This register will be updated in the months of August and February with new ashes internments and burials plus any amendments/additional information received.
Cemeteries : Clarence Lawn, Copmanhurst, Glenreagh, Grafton, Lawrence, Maclean, Maclean Lawn, Ramornie, South Grafton & Ulmarra
This page is an index of 54,622 obituaries of people who were born and/or died in Ireland, or whose deaths were mentioned in Irish newspapers. The actual obituaries are not necessarily available online. They have been indexed from newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as Ireland and elsewhere, including 25,056 entries from The Cork Examiner of the 19th and early 20th century, and 1,947 entries from the 19th century [New York] Irish-American
Irish Death Notices
Cemeteries : Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Lawson, Springwood & Wentworth Falls
Search registers by Country, Region, County, Burial Authority or Crematorium free of charge. Register as a Deceased Online user and gain access to
* Computerised cremation and burial records
* Digital scans of cremation and burial registers
* Digital scans of books of remembrance
* Photographs of graves and memorials
* Cemetery maps showing grave locations
* Other occupants in the same grave
The central database for UK burials and cremations
Maintained by Willoughby City Council. Includes Graves Index, Plaques Index and Cemetery Map. (All pdf files).
East Maitland; Campbells Hill; Morpeth; Rutherford and the historical cemetries Glebe; Hiland Crescent East Maitland; Oakhampton; Oswald and the Jewish Cemetery East Maitland. Scroll down the page for downloads of the Burial Registers and Family History enquiries.
Maitland Local Government Area
The Hawkesbury Cemetery Register represents the results of an ongoing voluntary project to transcribe, photograph and map the cemeteries, graves, memorials and monuments within the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales, Australia, and then to provide that information online. Information on War Memorials etc., can be found in the Memorials, Monuments & Plaques Register (Link on Page)
Cemetery and Grave Register
The purpose of this index is to provide a searchable data base for all cemetery inscriptions that have been recorded by the authors over several years. It is intended to be a useful tool for those researching their family history.
: Australian Cemetries Index
This collection of headstone and memorial photos is intended mostly to cover cemeteries for which there is no on-line lists of names. We hope that the photos of the headstones will help to provide a sense of place for those who can't visit the cemeteries personally.
: South East Queensland
Cemetery records can be selected online from Taita Cemetery (new/lawn section) and Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance
Records relating to the Old Sydney Burial Ground are scant. No dedicated burial register or plan for the cemetery has survived and possibly never existed. No records were kept of where burial sites were located. Nearly 140 years later, the challenge has been to resurrect the names of those buried in Sydney’s first official cemetery. An inventory of names has been compiled by the council from historical sources and can be downloaded.
Old Sydney Burial Ground
Index (1792 - 1819)
An online memorial offers an enduring form of commemoration that can be accessed by today's and future generations. Memorials on our site start out as a funeral notice / obituary giving details such as name, age, where from, church, cemetery, crematorium and or chapel where and when funeral / celebration of life will occur. After 30 days the funeral notice / obituaries will then be part of our genealogy section of Online Memorials. Online Memorials has been selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia assuring the memorials within will be retained and provide online public access to it in perpetuity
Funeral notices, tributes, obituaries, memorials and geneology in Australia.
Rookwood Cemetery has been operating since 1867, and is one of the largest cemeteries in Australia. The Anglican and General Cemetery Trusts are responsible for the burial, care and maintenance of 92 hectares of Rookwood, approximately one-third of the cemetery. You have to register to search. Use the "Deceased Search" on the lefthand side under "My Menu".
Anglican & General Cemetery
Sandgate Cemetery was opened in 1881 and has serviced the burial needs of Newcastle to this day. The Trust, appointed by the New South Wales government for a period of five years, is committed to ensuring that the cemetery continues to be maintained and managed to a standard acceptable to the Newcastle community. Sandgate Cemetery is a public asset and the Trust welcomes your suggestions on ways to improve the facility.
We have endeavoured through our virtual cemetery website to bring Sandgate to the world by facilitating the searching of burials, locating the grave in Google Earth and then to view photographs of the grave and its monument. We trust that this tool will not only assist those with a mobile device, able to visit Sandgate, to find the graves of any family, friends or other graves of interest to you but bring Sandgate to the world of others.
We have also provided a meeting place within our Sandgate Community Forum for familes to communicate and connect. We look forward to your participation.
Cemeteries currently available are Spencer (on the banks of Mangrove Creek), St Paul's Cemetery, Kincumber and Veteran Hall Cemetery (a private Central Coast Cemetery).
The Cemetery Lady
Central Coast Cemeteries
The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is a statutory authority of the WA Government. Their role is to provide dignified, culturally appropriate facilities for burial, cremation and commemoration.
West Australian Cemeteries Board
. Select Search by Name and then Search
Website Links : Family History Societies, Groups & Research (Australian)
A great way to uncover clues to your family history or to get great quotes for journaling in a heritage scrapbook is a family interview. By asking the right, openended questions, you're sure to collect a wealth of family tales. Use this list of family history interview questions ...
to ask relations when researching Family History
This list is compiled from societies affiliated with Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc, the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies, the Royal Australian Historical Society, 84 Australian family history societies participating in CBFHS journal exchange program, societies advertising in Australian Family Tree Connections magazine, other societies publicised on various Genealogical Mailing Lists and numerous direct requests for linking through our homepage.
Family History & Historical Societies
Lots of information about this neighbouring group
Family History Society
The Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database is designed to provide an initial online genealogical research resource. It links individuals with other members of their families living in Tasmania in the 19th Century. The information about individuals is based primarily on records of births, deaths, and marriages and similar events, held in the Archives Office and the linkages have been developed by family historians associated with the former National Heritage Foundation in the late 1990s. The database contains approximately five hundred thousand entries.
Colonial Tasmanian Family Links
Were your ancestors pioneers of South Australia? Find out by searching the early shipping passenger list, marriage and cemetery records. Use the free databases, informative articles and genealogy resources to build your family tree and answer your family history questions
Search for your ancestors using this interactive directory of the best free genealogy search engines. Search top world-wide & specialized genealogy databases from one genealogy search site
Passenger Lists Genealogy Searches
Genealogy Search Australia is a free, non commercial family history and genealogy site for the amateur or professional genealogist. Family history or ancestry research can be very rewarding, but time consuming and frustrating. Our objective is to provide researchers with the best family history and genealogy web sites. Not just the popular sites, but those more obscure or hard to find sites that may break down your brick walls.
Genealogical Will for Preserving My Family History
for Preserving My Family History
Site run by Patricia May with emphasis on the Hunter Valley
Genealogy Site run by Patricia May
Links to various sites associated with Australian Family History
Internet Family History Association of Australia
The Newcastle Family History Society Inc., formed in 1983 is a friendly, busy group of people dedicated to family history, with interests in families from around the world.
Family History Society
Official site of NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies
NSW & ACT
Association of Family History Societies
The South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc formed in 1973 to promote and encourage the pursuit of family history and allied subjects in South Australia
Genealogy & Heraldry Society (SAGHS)
The Australian version of
The Australian Version of the Really Useful Leaflet released by SAG
the Really Useful Leaflet
released by SAG
Website Links : Genealogical Blogs
Links to various blogs associated with genealogy
Here is their blogroll with over 2,500 genealogy and family history-related blogs
A blog about genealogy in New South Wales and beyond with tips and techniques to help you understand your ancestors better.
James Tanner's blog
The complete Australasian history and genealogy events resource : well that's their claim!
Unlock the Past
Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This newsletter informs its community about current events, resources, including websites that can assist an Australian family history researcher with their research. It is managed by the Local History Librarian.
Website Links : Libraries, Newspapers, Gazettes & Directories
For general enquiries and help accessing our collections, services and facilities, you can contact us online, by phone, post or fax
Ask a Librarian
: State Library of NSW free Information Service
Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954
: produced by the National Library of Australia
Browse List of Titles
Australian Periodical Publications
1840 - 1845
Explore two million pages of 19th century newspapers
* Search 49 local and national titles using keywords
* See your search terms in context
* View complete articles from the Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic free of charge
1800 - 1900
Indexes to the Central Coast Herald; Illawarra Mercury; Newcastle Herald; the Sun-Herald; the Sunday Age; the Age and other regional newspapers
including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Newcastle Herald and the Central Coast Herald
This collection of historic Newspapers goes back as far as the early 1800s and would seem to be mainly publications in the USt and Canada but there are issues of The Times (UK) from 1801 to 1821 which may be useful as that is before the 1837 BMD registration. The whole of each newspaper issue is shown and you can magnify the page results to suit you
Google News Archive
Find directories by selecting from drop-down menus and/or entering your own keywords. You can find out which directories The University of Leicester holds for a particular location during a particular decade
What gazettes are on this site?
New South Wales Government Gazette(1836 - 1851)
Port Phillip Government Gazette(1843 - 1851)
Victoria Government Gazette(1851 - 1997)
(1836 to 1997)
Links to Books, Journals, Magazines and Articles; Pictures and Photos; Australian Newspapers (1803 - 1954); Diaries, Letters and Archives; Maps; Music, Sound and Video; Archived Websites (1996 - Now); About People and Organisations
National Library of Australia
Every year thousands of people visit the National Library of Ireland to carry out family history research. Library material used by family history researchers includes the microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records and newspapers.
National Library of Ireland
Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1920 and includes publications from all regions of New Zealand.
NZ Newspapers 1839 - 1920
Search great cultural institutions for Australian images. See pictures of Australia’s past and present including photographs, objects, maps and works of art. Request print quality copies.
: National Library of Australia
Index to the Moreton Bay Courier of BDM notices and other articles of interest
Queensland's Courier Mail
with links to actual articles on the National Library's newspaper database
The State Library of Victoria's catalogues and indexes allow you to search for and locate items in the collection. To access some books and other materials you need to register as a Library user. You can use the catalogues remotely via the web or by visiting the Library during open hours. You can also access other tools, such as information databases, eJournals, eBooks and links to other libraries' catalogues. The Main Catalogue now includes the Manuscripts and Pictures catalogues and has a new look.
Old obituaries, birth & marriage announcements, old news stories, old advertising, recipes, cartoons and humor, and more. All are scanned from my personal collection of original issues of 18th, 19th and early 20th century newspapers from the U. S., England, Scotland, Australia & Ireland. Most of the newspapers date between 1788 and 1920.
The Olden Times
: Historic Newspapers Online covering 1700 - 1900 in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland and USA
Transcripts of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, as well as Fairs, Fishery reports, Court reports, separation notices, absconded apprentices, Coroner's Inquests, etc.
West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser
. Transcriptions of the original newspaper, 1836 - 1887.
Discover 2.5 million articles and 250,000 pages free online ... and growing
Website Links : Military
Anzac on the Wall (The) A poem by Jim Brown
The AIF Project's major activity is the construction of a database that draws on a wide range of sources to provide details on the 330,000 men and women who served overseas in the (First) Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1918. Fully searchable.
The "Debt of Honour Register" is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated.
Commonwealth War Graves
Commission : Debt of Honour Register
The Australians in the Boer War (Oz-Boer) Database Project is a free online search aid to help you identify books, journals, webpages and other ephemera dealing with individual Australian soldiers and nurses involved in the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
This collection contains UK World War I service records from 1914 - 1920. It contains records from two publications in the National Archives: WO 363 (War Office: Soldiers' Documents, First World War "Burnt Documents") and WO 364 (War Office: Documents from Pension Claims, First World War).
World War I Service Records
1914 - 1920
The World War Two Nominal Roll was created to honour and commemorate the men and women who served in Australia's defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict. This site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during World War Two. You may search for service record details by specifying name, service number, honours, place (of birth, of enlistment or residential locality at enlistment). Once you find an individual service record you can print a certificate of service, if you wish.
Sample Certificate (Size Reduced) :
Nominal Roll (Australia)
Website Links : Other
Use this search to find the location of places in Australia. Enter the first few letters of a place name and click the Submit Query button. To refine a search .....
Australian Place Names
: Geoscience Australia
This site is being developed to be the major Australian History gateway.
* a FREE content site - lots of it in time;
* a collaborative site for any individual, society, library or other organisation with relevant content, products or services to be part of. A site it will pay you well to be part of;
* a shop front for your products and services;
* a history and genealogy directory site - to other sites, societies, archives, organisations, commercial services and much more;
* a major bibliographic site - with links to where publications (in print or out print) can be sourced - to purchase or view;
* a site to give your society, library, related or project a much higher visibility on the web;
* a site to complement your own web site if you have one;
* if you don't have a web site (or only something very basic) then your own home page can be here
: Contains many aspects of Australian History
What you can expect to find on an Australian Marriage Index with fiche, CD and online
Australian Marriage Index
: What you can expect to find from each State
Web Sites for Genealogists - An Australian gateway site for tracing your family history by Cora Num
Records - Australia
This service calculates the duration, counting the day count and the number of days, months and years between two dates. Among other things, it can be used find how many days old you are and the weekday you were born. Useful for Birth date calculation when Death date and Age are known.
duration between two dates
The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage. All thirty-two counties for 1911 are now available on this site.
Census of Ireland 1911
The Crime and Punishment database comprises data about crimes, criminals and punishments included in the gaol files of the Court of Great Sessions in Wales from 1730 until its abolition in 1830. The Court could try all types of crimes, from petty thefts to high treason.
Crime and Punishment Database
Wales 1730 - 1830
The Department of Lands maintains the largest centralised land title registry in Australia and is the guardians of all land information in NSW. All land title records are maintained in public registers based on registered plans by the Department.
There are a number of searches available.
Crown Land Maps
Spatial Information eXchange (SIX)
Decisions of the
This site was created to publish many of the hidden court records of the superior courts of New South Wales. At present it concentrates on the decisions of the Supreme Courts and other courts of unlimited jurisdiction between 1788 and 1841.(Select the Family History link on the left)
Superior Courts of New South Wales
Parish and historic maps offer a link to the past and provide information about local history, family genealogy and your own land and property. Copies of land records and reproductions of historical maps, title deeds and land grant documents can be obtained from Lands' head office at Queens Square. You can view these images online using the search facility.
Department of Lands (NSW)
Parish and Historical Maps (Images Online)
The files on this page contain the complete text of the volumes in the series and are very large. The files will take some time to download entirely.
Divorce PROV (Vic)
: Index to Divorce Cause Books (VA 2549) Supreme Court of Victoria, 1861 – 1924
Sydney in 1848 illustrated by copper-plate engravings of the principal streets, public buildings, churches, chapels, etc. from Drawings by Joseph Fowles.
Images of Early Sydney. (NB : Take link at top of the page to the Home Page for all sorts of other interesting eBooks)
Browse for Help in the Knowledge Base or Search for Help in the Knowledge Base
Family Tree Maker
A family history resource with Births, Marriages, Deaths records, Military and Parish records from Australia to England, Scotland, Wales to America and beyond. It offers the entire GRO UK Overseas Indexes including Military for free to anyone by just registering (i.e. all the BDMs outside of the UK, registered with British Consul or Military from 1761-1981). There is also a list as part of the subscription datasets of the UK Phillimore's Indexes for most English Counties, Trade Directories, Parish Registers etc. plus some of Australian, New Zealand, Canada & USA datasets in Military records
9 different types of form useful for research
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Free Genealogy Spreadsheets. Archive Census, Cemetery and Manifest Data
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Getting organized and knowing how to address government agencies and organizations can help you get quicker, more effective results. Family Tree Magazine has created forms that can help you access and organize your family history information. They're available in two formats: text and portable document format (PDF).
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Gosford & District
Cemetery Register; Church Registers; Lists Register; Memorials, Monuments & Plaques Register; Hawkesbury Family History Group; Family History Resources;
on the Net
The Primary Valuation was the first full-scale valuation of property in Ireland. It was overseen by Richard Griffith and published between 1847 and 1864. It is one of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical resources.
This is a good explanation of this confusing subject without it getting too geeky
Pixels, DPI, Resolution, Picture Size and File Size
relate to each other?
The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage.
National Archives of : 1911 Census
This site contains the largest collection of Parish records for the island of Ireland that are searchable online. Search for your ancestor across all counties and research centres or select a particular centre from the map.
Family History Foundation (IFHF) : Online Genealogy Databases for Ireland
Irish Roots magazine is a 32 page quarterly magazine, completely dedicated to Irish ancestral research. Irish Roots magazine is published in December, March, June and September and covers ancestral research within the entire island of Ireland. A link to their main site is available on the Info Tab.
Magazine on Facebook
The following is a list of captains (or commanders) mentioned in the Australian produced publication "Log of Logs" which was painstakingly compiled by the widely respected (late) Commodore Ian Nicholson (RAN). The three volumes contain a catalogue of Logs, Journals, Shipboard Diaries, Letters and all Forms of Voyage Narratives 1788 - 1993, for Australia, New Zealand and surrounding oceans (and does also include vessels travelling world-wide, so international masters of vessels are recorded as well as whaling vessels, survey vessels, ships of exploration, etc.).
Log of Logs
A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names. The online documents include workhouse records, criminal registers, coroners' reports, court orders and papers governing the dispensation of poor relief.
Manchester's "Unfilmed" 1851 Census
Family historians with ancestors in mid-19th century Manchester face a particular difficulty. Following transfer of the enumeration books to the Home Office in London and analysis of the contents, the area where the books were stored was flooded and the books were badly damaged. Some of the books were in such poor condition that it was not considered worth filming them. Others were filmed but much of the image appears blackened and the writing is not decipherable. Since the original books were considered too fragile to permit public access, the returns relating to over 200,000 people were effectively unavailable.
Recovering the Lost Souls
In 1991 Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society secured the agreement of the (then) Public Record Office to access the damaged returns and transcribe such information as might still be legible. This was the start of a 14 year project which concluded in 2005 with the publication of the final transcripts. Despite the damage, details of some 82% of the 217,717 persons whom the statisticians had counted had been recovered.
Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 44,000 Maps of Scotland
Maps of Scotland
The historic data available for you to search is limited so that information relating to people who might still be alive, can be protected. Information available includes :
* Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
* Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
* Marriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago
* Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
: Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records
First things first: the word nickname derives from the Middle English phrase “an eke-name” where “eke” means “additional.” A nickname is a name, any kind of name, that one is called in place of one’s real name. Some nicknames are affectionate phrases used to describe a person .....
For the purposes of historical research or family history an alphabetical index of women who either became nuns in Australia or who arrived in Australia as nuns has been compiled. The index consists of approximately 14,000 entries and is the result of contributions from more than fifty Religious Orders or Congregations.
Nuns and Sisters
of the Catholic Church in Australia 1838 - 1918 - Index and History
All-Australia Genealogy - Passenger Lists. Ships, Ships, Ships.
: Australia Genealogy
Placenames Database of Ireland, developed by Fiontar (DCU) and The Placenames Branch (Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs).
Database of Ireland
These registers contain passenger lists of immigrant ships arriving in Queensland. Details vary over time and between registers but include the names of ships, their dates of departure from European ports and arrival in Queensland ports, the tonnage etc of ships and names of masters, surgeons etc as well as the passenger lists, usually arranged by type of passage (eg free, assisted, remittance, bounty, steerage) or sometimes by type of immigrant (eg railway workers)
Queensland Passenger Lists
are now online
Guidelines for making requests on RAOGK. Please Read before making requests.
of Genealogical Kindness. Volunteer look-up service
A free resource for Scotland genealogy and Scottish family history. For anyone researching their family history in Scotland, the aim of the Exchange is to provide a free resource for sharing information about ancestors found in Scotland.
Researching deceased estates files before 1923 is a complex process, with researchers often having to check up to five different indexes to locate a file. This index aims to simplify the process.
: Indexes to deceased estate files 1880-1923
We are an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide. Membership is open to any society or body specialising in family history or an associated discipline. Our principal aims are: to co-ordinate and assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual co-operation and collaborative projects to help researchers; and to represent the interests of our members, and family historians generally, especially in the preservation and availability of archival documents.
"The Really Useful Leaflet"
: The UK Federation of Family History Societies (.pdf)
This project was commenced by Christina Henri and has generated a lot of interest amongst family history societies and groups across Australia. (On WFHG's site)
Roses from the Heart
: Central Coast Convict Bonnet Project Exhibition
Step by Step guides from Family Research (LDS)
Step by Step
guides from Family Research (LDS)
Aims to gather as many South Australian passenger lists as possible between 1836 and the 1860s
1836 - 1851
1,000 years of government information, from parchment to websites
UK National Archives
UK Government Records & Information Management
Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage registrations tend to list the name of the town/region in which the event occurred as an abbreviation. This list explains some of the abbreviations
BDM Place Name Abbreviations
The Victorian Mining Accident Index is compiled by Dave Evans and presented by the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society. This SAMPLE of Dave's Victorian Index includes ~5600 miners who were killed or injured from the early 1850's to the 1940's. The Index provides details of Miner's Name - Date - Status - Children - Location of Accident - Source (where you can get more information).
This online archive of historic government gazettes provides access to over 160 years of official information published in and about Victoria. It contains images of every relevant page in the Victoria Government Gazette produced since 1836, as well as searchable indexes for each publication.
First published in the earliest days of the colony, the Victoria Government Gazette (1836 to 1997) documents the official notifications of government decisions and legal actions to other governments, government agencies and the general public.
Free family history research advice for the community, by the community
The Surrey Plus Wills Index provides an index to names of all people appearing in the wills of testators residing in the County of Surrey, England (and nine other Counties)
: 10 English Counties
Wyong District Museum & Historical Society based at Alison Homestead
Wyong District Museum
& Historical Society (Alison Homestead)
Mr DAVID HARRIS (Wyong) [2.21 p.m.]: Understanding and honouring the history of a community is an important feature of any civilized society .....
Wyong Family History Group
speech by David Harris MLC on 20 June 2008 (Parliament of New South Wales)
Listed are some of the historical sites of the Wyong Shire.
Wyong Shire Council
Historic Sites Photogallery
Yesterdays Journey records the names of people who had various dealings with officialdom and the paperwork involved. Dealing primarily with Derbyshire it does however cover the whole of the British Isles. There are references to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and America and other countries.
: Dealing with Government Records
Updated : 29 Nov 2013