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Highlight: New South Wales 1828 Census with data from Surviving Household Returns

 Did your family arrive in New South Wales in the early 1800s? Have you looked for them on the Census? This really is an important record for anyone who had family in New South Wales in 1828 or earlier, as this is the ONLY surviving census for New South Wales. It is not widely known that the original ‘household returns’ survive for a quarter of the population in the New South Wales 1828 census. Continue reading →

Inside History – Issue 5 (Jul-Aug 2011) Out Now

 Into Australian history or Australian genealogy? If you answered Yes, to either of those, you should be reading this magazine. The July-August edition (issue 5) of this bi-monthly magazine has just been released. In it you’ll find the following: articles about dating old photos, tips for tracing Chinese ancestors, Friendly Societies, and as our Australian Census is coming up in August, a Census special. Continue reading →

Millions of Cheshire Records Added to FamilySearch

 If you’re researching your Cheshire ancestry, FamilySearch is a must-visit site, as they’ve just added millions of parish records and bishop’s transcripts online. This is in addition to the Land Tax Assessments, Non-conformist Records, Probate Records, School Records, Workhouse Records, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, and Register of Electors already there. Continue reading →

Historical Australian Newspapers Digitisation Schedule for 2011-2012

 The National Library of Australia’s digitisation of historical Australian newspapers has to one of the most important resources that is available online, and even better that it is FREE!! As you can understand this is a work-in-progress, but I can tell you that they don’t look like slowing down any time soon!! Yay, and I KNOW I’m not alone on that one!!! Continue reading →

Australian Genealogy and Historical Society Journals on CD-ROM

 Society journals are a fabulous source of historical information. Not only do they have articles on family histories, and local history, but also photographs, book reviews, shipping lists, cemetery records, news about the Society, as members interest lists and so much more. Archive Digital Books Australasia have digitised a number of journals from Australian Genealogy and Historical Societies … Continue reading →

UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 Celebrities Revealed

 The interest in family history in the UK (and worldwide for that matter) continues to grow and I have no doubt with the lineup of celebrities for this year’s UK edition of Who Do You Think You Are? TV show, it will not only keep it’s loyal followers, but gain many more. Now into it’s eighth season, the ten celebrities that will take part in the 2011 series will be … Continue reading →

The Master Genealogist (TMG) User Groups in Australia and New Zealand – UPDATED

 The Master Genealogist (aka TMG) is considered by many to be the “top” program in genealogy software. But is also a program that many are afraid to try because of its learning curve. For TMG users who need some help, or wish to learn more about the endless ability of this program, there are User Groups. Here’s an updated list of those around Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading →