Apr 30, 2010

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Australian Genealogy Sources

The title of this blog is actually the title of a publication by Ralph Reid in association with Gould Genealogy and published in 2006. Despite the broad ranging title, it only looks at three genealogy resources which formed a sub-title to Reid’s original publication. These three sources are: Pioneer registers Biographical dictionaries Bibliographies Given our tendency these days to Google everything, check library catalogues online, look at Wikipedia, it is not often that I find myself sitting down...

Apr 24, 2010

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Tasman Jarvis – An Original ANZAC...

As tomorrow is ANZAC Day, my thoughts this week have been around those family members who have fought in various wars. While there are many individuals I could focus on, the one that comes most prominently to mind on ANZAC Day is Tasman Jarvis. I can still remember the day we found his parents grave in Richmond Cemetery, Tasmania. I was noting all the details on the headstone and right at the bottom was an entry for their...

Apr 16, 2010

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Finding Ancestors in Church Publications...

Since December 2009 I have been writing a monthly article on Finding Ancestors in Church Publications for Australian Family Tree Connections (AFTC). Parts 1-3 are now available online on Unlock the Past to make the articles more accessible. Church publications include regular newsletters, newspapers, journals, histories, directories, biographies and so on. They don’t include original records such as parish registers as these are not usually published. Although I mostly talk about published material, I do sometimes refer to...

Apr 13, 2010

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Using Cyndi’s List for Australian Genealogy...

This is another instalment of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge. Challenge 13 was to explore Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet and discover some new websites of use to my research. I have used Cyndi’s List for years and always go there when I am not sure what might be available for a place. I will confess that I rarely use it for Australia instead relying on my own existing knowledge or going to...