Australian Church Records: Which, What and Where
Church records are a great boon to our research. First though we need to know which church the family may have attended, what records are available and where we can access them.
Australian Government, Police and Education Gazettes
Learn about the hidden material in Australian Government, Police and Education gazettes – mostly we consider them to be irrelevant and uninteresting but that is definitely not the case. The gazettes contain information about people we would never find in other records.
Beyond Just Indexes – Why we should examine the original records
Indexes to records are a great boon to our research but we need to be aware of their limitations, recognise their failings and go beyond just indexes when producing our family tree. Too often we can miss vital clues or fail to find errors in the indexes – disastrous family trees are the evidence that many people research using only indexes!
Connecting with Family Lines Online
We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines. This presentation has a look at MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?
Directories and Almanacs
A look at the wide range of directories and almanacs available and why you should use them when compiling your family history.
Getting the Most out of Google
Can we really find out all about our family using Google? Obviously Google knows nothing about your family but you can learn to use Google to find many things which you may not know exist.
Land and Property Records in England
Investigates a range of resources you can access to learn more about land and property held by your family. The coverage is not comprehensive but should provide a starting point for your research.
Online Newspapers: Find Out What Happened in the “dash”
Many sources can give us at least the basics of birth and death – newspapers can give much to add to the gap between, the real life of the person. Now that digital versions are available finding that information is so much easier – Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and more.
Researching Expatriates in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea has had people living there from a very diverse range of countries – including from Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Few records are easily accessible and many will not have survived. What resources are available to assist with research into expats?
ScotlandsPeople: The place to launch your Scottish research
The ScotlandsPeople site hosts approximately 30 million images and 110 million index entries. It provides access to records from the statutory registers, church registers, census returns, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, soldiers’ and airmen’s wills, military service appeals tribunal and Coats of Arms. Learn how to register for free and search the records effectively.
TheGenealogist: What’s the Difference?
Apart from the English and Welsh census and BDM records, TheGenealogist.co.uk has many unique records to offer – official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls, tithe records and maps and much more. As well, it has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls.
Tracing Your Ancestors in England
An overview of basic resources – civil registration, church records, census, cemetery records, directories, electors registers, maps, newspapers and wills. Includes many examples and covers a variety of ways of accessing the data – free and subscription.
Tracing Your Ancestors in Scotland
An overview of basic resources – civil registration, church records, census, cemetery records, directories, maps, newspapers and wills. Includes many examples and covers a variety of ways of accessing the data – free and subscription.
Using Electoral Rolls for Genealogy: Who, When, Where
When doing research, electoral rolls can be very useful but we need to be aware of who was eligible to vote at various times and the traps that can catch us out.