My Publications

All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy & History and I usually have copies for sale when I give presentations.

Where Do I Start?: a guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edition, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2018

It’s Not All Online: A Guide to Genealogy Sources Offline, 2nd edition, Unlock The Past,  St Agnes SA, 2018

Family History on the Cheap, 2nd edition, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2016

Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia, 2nd edition, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2016

What Was The Voyage Like?:  A Brief Guide to Researching Convict and Immigrant Voyages to Australia and New Zealand , 2nd edition, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2015

Discover Your Sporting Ancestors: It was not all work and no play!, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2015

Tracing Mining Ancestors: A Brief Guide to Resources in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014

My Ancestor was in an Asylum: Brief Guide to Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014

Finding Ancestors in Church Records: A Brief Guide to Resources, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2012

Family & Local History Resource Directory for Victoria, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010

Your Family History Archives: A Brief Introduction, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010

(A review of What Was The Voyage Like and Your Family History Archives by Dr Sebastian Gurciullo appeared in Archives and Manuscripts, Nov 2010)

All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy & History

Guest Blogs

Using Australian Post Office Directories to Trace Ancestors

My Presentations (for the last 6 months)

Moreton Libraries, 3 Aug 2019, Bribie Island, QLD – English Genealogy Online

Moreton Libraries, 1 Aug 2019, Caboolture, QLD – Irish Genealogy Online

Waves in Time Conference, 24-26 May 2019, Sunshine Coast, QLD Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Caloundra Family History Research, 18 Apr 2019, Caloundra, QLD A Soldier in the Family: Discover their stories

Moreton Libraries, 1 Apr 2019, Bribie Island, QLD – Behind Bars: Convicts & Criminals

Queensland Family History Society, 2 Mar 2019, Brisbane, QLD – 2 talks


Unpublished Thesis

Society of Australian Genealogists: Diploma in Family Historical Studies Thesis Below are the two pieces of research that I submitted for my Diploma. It was originally in Word Perfect and later migrated to Word and unfortunately the footnotes seem to have migrated differently but it is all still readable. Of course the illustrations aren’t in the document but if anyone is interested I would be happy to see what I can do. Also since 1992 I have progressed with my research and ideally I should write a sequel. While I ponder that idea, you have the benefit of this 1992 work.

Criminal Records: A Guide to Sources in Queensland, 1992

From Iron Chains to Gold Bars: The Story of the Walker family and its descendants including the Evans, Potter, Bullen and Atkinson families, 1814-1941, 1992

Published Conference Papers An under-utilised resource for local and family history research are the papers of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) Victorian State Family History Conferences. In 2011 I compiled a listing of all VAFHO conference papers between 1995 and 2010 and gave each paper a broad subject heading. This list is a useful way of finding papers on specific subjects as well as the usual topics presented at conferences. Below is a list of the papers I have given at VAFHO conferences.

In 2004 I also presented the annual Don Grant family history lecture. Please note that some aspects of these papers may be out of date so please check for current information as necessary. I am currently doing a listing of all papers presented at VAFHO conferences since 1995 to highlight the rich resource these papers are.

VAFHO 2010 Mulwala Family History on the Cheap

VAFHO 2010 Mulwala Online Sources for Queensland Family History

VAFHO 2004 Mildura Ancestors in Unexpected Places: Exploring Public Record Office Victoria’s Nooks and Crannies

VAFHO 2004 Mildura The Victorian Queensland Connection: Looking for Victorian Gold Miners in Queensland Goldfields

VAFHO AGM 2004 Melbourne (Don Grant Lecture) Family History and the Changing Face of State Archives Since 1974 and Into The Future

Book/DVD Reviews by Me

Lynette McDermott, The Promise of Tomorrow, review Nov 2018

Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries, review May 2018

Worcestershire County Council, Explore History Family Landscapes: Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, review Jan 2018

Lynette McDermott, Perseverance, review Aug 2017

Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Missing Man: a genealogical crime mystery, review May 2017

Carol Baxter, Writing Interesting Family Histories, 3rd ed and Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories, review Jan 2017

Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Spyglass File: a genealogical crime mystery, review Oct 2016

Jackie Moss, Me & My Family Tree, review Sep 2016

Hazel Edwards OAM, Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author, review Jan 2016

Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The America Ground: a genealogical crime mystery, review Jan 2016

Carol Baxter, Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth: How do I separate fact from fiction? and Help! Why Can’t I Find My Ancestor’s Surname?, review Oct 2015

Michael Piggott, Commonwealth Government Records About Tasmania, review Jun 2015

Robert Jordan, The Convict Theatres of Early Australia 1788-1840, review Apr 2015

Jayne Shrimpton, Fashion in the 1940s, review Mar 2015

Nathan Dylan Goodwin, Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor, review Dec 2014

Hazel Edwards OAM, Authorpreneurship: the business of creativity, review Jun 2013

Carol Baxter, Captain Thunderbolt & His Lady: the true story of bushrangers Frederick Ward & Mary Ann Bugg, review, Jun 2013

Cathy Dunn, Norfolk Island Deaths 1st Settlement 1788-1814, review, Jun 2013

Merle D Grinly, Queensland Ship Deserters 1861-1911review Jun 2013

Merle D Grinly, Queensland Transmissions of Real Estate by Death 1878-1940review Jun 2013

Merle D Grinly, Wallangarra Quarantine Registers 1918-1919review Jun 2013

Walter Hamilton, Children of the Occupation: Japan’s Untold Storyreview Jan 2013

Goldie Alexander, Mentoring Your Memoirreview Oct 2011

Hazel Edwards, How To Write a Non-Boring Family Historyreview Oct 2011

Helen V Smith, Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms – review Jun 2011

Lois Sabine, editor, Dr William Bell’s “The Settlers’ Guide” or Modern Domestic Medicine and Surgery Windsor NSW 1849 – review Dec 2010

Kay F Gassan and Judith A Grimes, Tall Ships on the River: Flying Cloud Queensland Voyages 1862-1870review Dec 2010

State Records New South Wales, Old Register One to Nine: The Registers of Assignments and Other Legal Instrumentsreview Nov 2010

Some Victorian Web Sites That I Like Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong & District History Site Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Cornish Association of Victoria Dead Persons Society Melbourne Geelong Heritage Centre Genealogy Society of Victoria Goulburn & Murray Association of Local and Family History Groups Helen Doxford Harris Home Page Lenore Frost’s Homepage National Archives of Australia (Victoria) National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Port Phillip Pioneers Group Public Record Office Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria Rootsweb Victoria Royal Historical Society of Victoria South Eastern Historical Association State Library of Victoria VictoriaGenWeb Victorian Association of Family History Organisations Victorian Gum Inc Victorian Mining Accident Index Western Victoria Association of Historical Societies


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