Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes added to Ancestry

The announcement has just been been made that Ancestry.com.au and Ancestry.co.uk have added Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Index Records (aka Vital Records to our US friends) to their websites. Featuring 15 million Australians, and dating back more than 200 years to when modern Australia was settled in 1788 …

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Census, Census and more Censuses!!

There seems to be a lot of news about censuses (old and new ones) recently, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia too …

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Family Tree Software: Try BEFORE you Buy, with FREE Demos

Need a genealogy program? Make sure you choose one that is right for YOU! They are all a little different, and one may well be better suited to you than another. Recommendations from others are great, but nothing beats being able to try a program out for yourself.

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Documents Online now available to library users at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Visitors to the Genealogical Society of Victoria’s premises in Melbourne, are in for a treat. Along with offering users access to Ancestry, FindMyPast, the OriginsNetwork and Burke’s Peerage and Gentry Online, they now offer free downloads from The National Archives (UK) Documents Online service.

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Tombstone Tuesday: A Genealogist’s Dream Headstone

In searching for my own family, I visited a local cemetery in South Australia which includes quite a number of my reli’s, including many of the Hannaford clan. After going up and down the rows photographing all that are related, and others that ‘might’ be … I found this one.

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New Australian Genealogy Records Online – June 2010

It is true that Australia seems to be behind the rest of the world (well, the US and UK) as far as getting genealogical data online. But it is coming, bit-by-bit. This is a listing of new ‘Australian’ data added online recently …

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Has Privacy Laws Gone Too Far?

State Records of SA have withdrawn access to Series GRG21/1: 1885 Land Tax Returns. This series was particularly valued by family history researchers, not only because in one listing every land owner in the colony was listed, but because of the extensive information …

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More Australian History News – June 2010

Continuing on in my updates of news from primarily regional (but not exclusively) Australian genealogy, history and heritage groups. This covers news from any group, society, museum, archive office throughout Australia.

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1876 County Atlas of South Australia and the Northern Territory

This is an amazing collection of old maps showing the counties, hundreds and districts in South Australia and the Northern Territory as they were in 1876, manhy of which no longer exist.

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R.I.P. Jim Harbison

Jim Harbison was a good friend of all who had an interest in Moonta and it’s history. But probably few knew him as well as Ros Paterson …

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Directories and Almanacs

Directories are a wonderful resource for family & local historians. Below are a number of highlights from our range of directories, for 100s more visit our website. Unlock the Past has an article on directories and their use by Graham Jaunay …

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Australian History News – June 2010

Continuing on in my (so far) monthly update of news from primarily regional (but not exclusively) Australian genealogy, history and heritage groups. This covers news from any group, society, museum, archive office throughout Australia …

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Victorian Historical Societies Recieve Awards

Congratulations are in order for several local Victorian Historical Societies, who were recently presented with the ‘Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Award’ 2010 for their contribution to the preservation of historical records.

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