Genealogy & History News Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:07:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 70,000 Never-Seen Photos of Melbourne, Suburbs and Country Victoria to go Online Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:07:20 +0000 The State Library of Victoria is digitising an enormous archive of negatives from the 1970s. Supplied: State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria is digitising an enormous archive of negatives from the 1970s.
Supplied: State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria has begun to make publicly available a massive archive of historical photographs relating to Melbourne, its suburbs and country towns from the 1970s, most of which have never been seen before.

For 40 years the library has had 2000 rolls of film sitting in storage, which contain up to 70,000 photographs of Melbourne streetscapes and historical country towns.

This came about thanks to a project back in 1972, where volunteers sought to visually record the architectural history of Melbourne, its Suburbs and country areas. On average each place or suburb had about 800 photos taken. Houses, businesses, streets, the cars, the fashion and style of the era … they’re all captured on these photographs.

The State Library of Victoria is now digitising these photos and making them available online on their website. You can find some photos of Fitzroy and Castlemaine online already, and their aim is to digitise photos of South Melbourne and Albert Park soon.

State Library of Victoria’s Community Engagement Director, Peter McMahon said

“Seeing what’s actually been captured particularly in areas of vast redevelopments is going to be fascinating – we are really looking forward to seeing what’s in there. We won’t know what we’ve got in those other suburbs until we start unrolling the film and having a look”.

Preparation for each suburb takes about two months, with the entire project expected to take several years.

As with so many projects, it is reliant on funding, and without further funds this project may come to a standstill. The SLV is hoping that local councils can sponsor the work needed to make its photos available. If you are able to help with any funding towards this amazing project, please get in touch with the State Library of Victoria.

Contact details:
State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 8664 7000

News of this project made it on to the UKs Daily Mail, and you can see some truly amazing “then and now” images on their post.

‘It’s Google Street View for the 1970s’

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Worldwide Honour Roll Project Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:29:34 +0000 honour roll in the Gumeracha District Soldiers Memorial Hospital

honour rolls in the Gumeracha District Soldiers Memorial Hospital, South Australia

Back in 2013 Heather Rojo, of the Nutfield Genealogy blog fame, started her Honor Roll Project.

To explain just what it is Heather says  …

“The Honor Roll Project is an effort to transcribe and photograph military honor rolls. The transcribed names make the soldiers available for search engines, so that descendants and family members can find them on the internet. It is a simple, but very rewarding project.”

Initially she kept the list updated on her blog, which you can view here. However she has just created a new separate website for it titled, appropriately, The Honor Roll Project.

Now she’s put the call out far and wide, worldwide in fact, for people who have photographed and transcribed honour rolls. You know those big wooden boards in schools, town halls, hospitals, some workplaces, RSL halls, and so on with soldiers names on them, or other memorials or monuments in your town that lists those who fought and/or died in war. She’s asking people to submit a link to their blog or website if you have the photo and transcription of them online.

a portion of the honour roll at the Freemasons building, North Terrace, Adelaide

a portion of the honour roll at the Freemasons building, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

And if you have information about honour rolls, but they’re not online, Heather says …

“if you don’t have a blog, email the photo and transcription here and we will get it posted on a blog and listed at the project.”

With some collaboration, this can be a fabulous worldwide resource for honour rolls. So let’s all spread the word.

You can find details on how to submit your link on the Honor Roll Project site.

Please note I have taken the liberty of writing the word honor as honour (adding in the ‘u’) in some places in this post, since we’re in Australia.

honour rolll in the Old Treasury Buiding, Adelaide

honour rolll in the Old Treasury Building, Adelaide, South Australia

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Ancestry’s WW1 Military Records are FREE until Remembrance Day Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:40:18 +0000 Ancestry - WW1 recordsTake advantage of Ancestry’s offer of searching all of their WW1 records for FREE up until Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015.

They quote “This Remembrance Day, to commemorate those who served, we are providing free access to all of our military records from across the world including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, South Africa.”

You can search their records FREE from now until 11th November:

Click here to start searching

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UK’s 1939 Register – the Census that Fills a 30 Year Gap Mon, 26 Oct 2015 05:14:53 +0000 National Identity Card #1The biggest news in the genealogy world (well for those with UK ancestors it is!), is about to be released. It’s been coming, and we’ve all been waiting patiently, and now it is almost here. So just what’s SOOOO exciting? The 1939 Register. That’s what.

Not since the release of the 1911 Census has something been so anticipated.

So you might be wondering what’s so good about the 1939 Register? Well as there is a 30 year gap in UK censuses from 1921-1951, this fills that gap.

The 1921 is the next census due to be released, which isn’t scheduled to be so until 2021 – which is YEARS away! The 1931 Census was taken, but was destroyed in a fire. And the 1941 Census was never taken due to war going on … so the next one that was taken (and that survives) is the 1951. So the 1939 Register fill this gap nicely.

“The 1939 was a one-off survey of the public. The war with Germany had just started and officials had little time to lose in preparing for the fighting and privations to come. So on 29 September 1939, just 26 days after hostilites had been declared, a survey nicknamed the UK’s only “instant census” took place. The findings enabled the issuing of identity cards and ration cards, and register applied to ALL citizens.”

The details the 1939 Register requested were:
– Name
– Sex
– Age
– Occupation
– Address (at the time off filling in the form)
– Marital status
– Membership of navel, military or air force reserves, auxiliary forces or civil defence services or reserves.

It is these individual returns for England and Wales that are being digisted by Findmypast and are set to be released online next month. There’s 7000 volumes, which totals about 41 million records

For more about these magnificent records, have a read of the BBC’s article, and view the video below.

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Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – October 2015 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:30:07 +0000 Snippets 280It’s been a while since my last Snippets post, but recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy-related tidbits that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.


Australian Electoral Roll update
In early 2014 the Australian Electoral Commission began to enforce restrictions on access to the current electoral roll – in effect only allowing individuals to check their own enrolment details. The electoral roll, both in its current digital form and in microfiche and microfilm in libraries and archives, is of course a key genealogical tool and the lack of access to the current edition meant that the tracing of present day family members and long lost relatives was severely hampered. However, as part of the inquiry into the 2013 federal election the question of access to the current electoral roll was revisited and in May this year the AEC’s heightened restrictions were withdrawn.

This is fantastic news for family historians as this means we can once again visit AEC offices to examine the current electoral roll for genealogical research purposes. Any individual can again examine the electoral roll for any name – though electronic recording of the data is not allowed. For further details of how to access the electoral roll please visit this link.
[seen in the Society of Australian Genealogists Newsletter, July 2015]


Eyre Peninsula Family History Facebook group
South Australia’s Eye Peninsula now that a Facebook group to which “aims to bring together and assist people with Eyre Peninsula family history”. You can find the link to the group here


Do you have family buried in the Old Tawonga Cemetery?
Mark from Archival Access is on the hunt for some information.

“Those in the greater Wodonga area may have seen some media coverage recently relating to the Old Tawonga Cemetery – and the efforts being made to identify who is buried there and where the graves are.

The cemetery sits on what is now farmland – condemned in late 1900 due to its proximity to the river and the difficulty in sinking graves due to boulders beneath the soil. Records I’ve tracked down (which include a sketch of the old cemetery, see below) at PROV suggest no burial register was kept, the cemetery trust was almost non-existent and that graves where dug by residents ‘wherever needed’. This presents a difficult research project but one the group is taking on in gusto – but we could use some help!

I’m putting the call out for anyone with death certificates from the Tawonga, Dederang and Bright area for deaths occurring between 1884 and 1920 to check the burial location of those ‘extra’ folk appearing on the paperwork. I’d love to hear from you if you have someone being buried at the Tawonga or Tawanga Cemetery.  I’ve checked all mine…no results, but I’m hoping with a bit of people power we can uncover a few more names of those old pioneers.”
[seen in the Archival Access Victoria Newsletter, Issue 64]


Weroona Home 1846-1984 project
A project based at Macquarie University is seeking former residents willing to share their recollections of life at Weroona Home.

The project is looking at the history of private and public philanthropy in relationship to Weroona, a boys’ home at Woodford in NSW run by the Child Welfare Department. From 1948, Weroona housed around 30 boys, ranging in age from 7 to 15. Most boys were living at Weroona because of a shortage of foster care placements at that time. The main house at Weroona was destroyed by widespread bushfires in the Blue Mountains in November 1957, although the caretaker’s cottage survived. A two-storey home, accommodating 24 boys, was built to replace it, opening in 1959. Weroona continued to operate on the site until 1984.

Former residents of Weroona (between 1946 and 1984) can make a valuable contribution to this project by sharing their stories and recollections. The project will be conducted with respect for all respondents and will value the differences in recalled memory. For more information about how to participate in this project, please contact John Croucher by email or by calling 0419 502 197.
[seen on the Find & Connect blog ]


Parramatta Female Factory being assessed for National Heritage List
The Minister for Environment, Hon Greg Hunt MP, and Federal Member for Reid, Mr Craig Laundy MP, issued a press release on 31 July 2015 about the Parramatta Female Factory being considered for the National Heritage List. The site is in the Reid electorate.

Located five minutes from the Parramatta CBD, the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is Australia’s earliest and longest surviving female convict site. Designed by emancipated convict, Francis Greenway, the Female Factory was the first destination of all unassigned convict women sent to colonial Australia. Established in 1818, the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct has become a symbol of Australia’s convict past. For more information, click here.
[via the RAHS August Newsletter]


New Website for the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group
The Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group has just launched a brand new website. If you have connections to this region of South Australia, be sure to check out their wonderful new site.


Hornsby Library’s biographies of those on local War Memorials
The people at Hornsby Library have made the decision to publish biographical information about the people on the war memorials in the shire in an online format. This is not only good for those who can now simply log on to find out details, but also as new information about the boys becomes available the site will be updated to reflect this.
To view the records click here.
[seen on Jill Ball’s blog]


Western Australian Gold Mining Employees project
Three years ago Outback Family History and Dr Criena Fitzgerald, approached Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) regarding historical employee records in their archives. These records were in the format of individual cards for each employee from the inception of Lake View and Boulder East Company in 1895 up to about the 1960’s. Outback Family History, Dr Fitzgerald and KCGM have been working in conjunction during this time to preserve both the cards themselves and also record the valuable information contained in them.

“The information in these records is something that will not be found elsewhere. The exact data collected on these cards varies as the years go by and new cards were used but the sort of information in general is: Full name, Date of Birth, Nationality, occupation, address, postal address, Mines Workers Relief cards, Lodge, Doctor, Union, Marital status, children or any other dependants such as mother or sister. Also contained among these records is what we believe to be the only complete record of ‘Tributing Parties’ from 1924 to about 1935 showing the full details of each man but also the tributing party he belonged to.

We currently have a group of volunteers entering the information on each card. We estimate that there are about 35,000 cards in total. Sadly some are damaged and unreadable but the majority are in great condition and when they have been transcribed they will be packed into archive boxes and returned to KCGM for storage. The transcribed data will be made available to everyone from free of any charge and we anticipate that the contribution to our mining history will be immense.

We will continue to keep everyone informed of our progress as we proceed. If you have any questions about this project please do contact me.”

For more information on this project check out the Outback Family History blog.
[seen on the Outback Family History blog, August 2015]


Congratulations to the Ryerson Index
In news a few days ago, the folk at the Ryerson Index announced that they had reached a MAJOR milestone. “After 17 years and 5 days, we can now say that every death notice ever published in the Sydney Morning Herald has been indexed! That’s 184 years of notices from the paper, indexed at a rate of more than 2,000 notices per week for 17 years. We still have a some years where the funeral notices are yet to be indexed, but the task we set ourselves 17 years ago (even if we didn’t realise it at the time!) is now complete.”

What an awesome effort by everyone who contributes their time and effort to this amazing resource. If you haven’t checked the Ryerson Index recently, be sure to take the time for another look.
[via the Ryerson Index Facebook page]


Inside History Magazine receives “Cultural Heritage Award”
Australia’s premier family history and genealogy magazine has been awarded the ‘Cultural Heritage Award’ recently at the Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability Awards! For more their win, as well as the winners from other categories, please check out the Keep NSW Beautiful website. If you haven’t checked out Inside History Magazine yet, you can find more details of their latest issue here.
[via the Inside History Magazine Facebook page]

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UTAS Offers a FREE Online “Writing Family History” Course Thu, 15 Oct 2015 02:35:03 +0000 UTAS - Writing FH Course

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has run their Introduction to Family History course twice, with an incredible response each time.

Now they are offering a new course for family historians. One on writing family history.

As with the earlier course, it is done fully online, and it is FREE.

So don’t just ‘collect’ to stories, write them down, and share them, it helps to bring your ancestors to life.

Writing Family History is a fully online course from the University of Tasmania. Join students around Australia for an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records. As with the earlier course, this one gives thoe doing the course free access to Library edition. 

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Use and reflect on a range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical records;
  • Contribute to a supportive online workshop environment by giving and receiving constructive critical feedback on short writing exercises;
  • Produce a coherent piece of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research.

This course runs from 23 November 2015 until 31 January 2016.

To take part in this course you:

  • need to have a computer with internet access.
  • be prepared to spend approx. 4-5 hours a week on study.
  • need to be an Australian citizen

For further details, including enrolling and a number of FAQs, visit the University of Tasmania (UTAS) website

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Our Big English CD Sale Mon, 12 Oct 2015 01:54:54 +0000 Big English CD Sale 2015-10 cropped

Here at Gould Genealogy we offer a range of products on sale each month, usually with a particular theme.

The theme we have chosen for October is England. Or more specifically, English CDs. And we have over 800 titles on sale for the month, all discounted between 20% and 54%.

You will find titles covering:
– census records
– church and parsh
– criminal records
– directories and almanacs
– family history and biography
– heraldry and peerage
– maps and atlases
– social and general history
– wills and probate
– and titles from each county …

Learn about the social history of the county or parish, find ancestors names in directories, look for maps of the area, find references in school and college records or visitiations … you can find all of these, using these data CDs. There really is something here for everyone who is researching their English ancestors.

The sale
Click here to see the full list of titles on sale, and remember the sale ends 31 October 2015, so get in while they’re on sale.

Keep up to date
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Introducing Historypin’s “Pubs of London” Project Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:22:11 +0000 Historypin - London pubs #1 Pelton

London is famous for its pubs, there’s no doubt about that, with many of them being hundreds of years old.

Now Historypin has launched a crowdsourcing project in a bid to help record the history of these public meeting houses of London.

“We’re working with locals, landlords, staff and historians to create a shared history of great boozers in and around London. This includes gathering stories and photographs through collecting events in pubs as well as online crowdsourcing on the Pubs of London project page.”

While Historypin are grateful for photographs, stories or memories relating to any London pub, they are looking at 12 London pubs in particular.

  1. Magpie and Stump, Old Bailey
  2. Old Eagle, Royal College Street, Camden
  3. Queen’s Head, Acton Street, King’s Cross
  4. The Hope, West Street, Carshalton, Surrey
  5. Duke’s Head, High Street, Highgate
  6. The Alma, Newington Green Road, Stoke Newington
  7. Red Lion and Sun, North Road, Highgate
  8. Antwerp Arms, Church Road, Tottenham
  9. Railway Tavern, Angel Lane, Stratford
  10. Victoria, Grove Road, Mile End
  11. Bell Inn, High Road, Horndon on the Hill
  12. The Newman Arms, Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia

For more details on the Pubs of London project you can find them here.

And for those of you who may be unfamiliar with Historypin, you can read more about them, and how they work in “Recording history with Historypin“.

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Free Access to Ancestry’s Immigration Records (2-5 October) Fri, 02 Oct 2015 03:51:39 +0000 Ancestry - Free Immigration Weekend

Findmypast had a free records weekend recently, and now it’s Ancestry’s turn, and they’re offering ALL of their immigration records free for everyone to use from 2-5 October, which at least for some Australian states, is a long weekend. So this is perfect timing!

While this is only a portion of their records, there’s a lot available as you’ll see from the data collections listed below.

To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address, and they will then send you a username and password to access the records.

*Access to the records in the immigration collections will be free until 11.59 pm Monday 5 October 2015 AEDT.

Start searching the immigration records now

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Be a Part of the Find A Grave Community Day 2015 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:10:10 +0000 Find-A-Grave-community-day-2015Last year Ancestry organised the “Find A Grave Community Day“, and it was an amazing success thanks to everyone who participated … there were more than 100 meet-up points around the globe, and more than 100 cemeteries were visited, and people contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014.

Now Ancestry and Find A Grave have high hopes of beating that 2014 record, and their next global meetup is scheduled for Saturday, 17th October. While they love to photograph graves in cemeteries in general, they also have the aim of it being to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave.

“We all know how important cemeteries are to our family history research. Your work to fulfill outstanding photo requests and building memorials helps people around the world who cannot visit these cemeteries in person. We know a lot of this is done on an individual basis and we thought it would be great to try and organize a single day to come together as a group in your local community to meet one another while you do what you love to do.

Last year we had meetups in 100 citiesand we hope to expand even further this year. Please note, these events are all volunteer run and are easy to set up. We hope you will be inspired to host an event in your local town and add it to the list below.”


So if you are interested and are wondering what you can do, and how to go about it, Find A Grave have given details on how you can participate …

How to Participate
If you would like to participate, the first step is to see if your city is listed on our Facebook events page, here. If it is, click on name of the city to see the cemetery (or if the city is large, a list of cemeteries) that will be hosting the event. If you find a cemetery you want to help with, simply click the ‘Join’ button on the right of the screen, just below the event cover image.

It will also give you the option to share this event on the social web to let your friends know about it and we hope you do – all are welcome!

If your city is not located in this list, we encourage you to contact a cemetery near you and ask them if it would be alright if you visited on Saturday, October 17th to take photos of graves that will be uploaded to Please be sure to ask permission before you arrive.

Once the cemetery confirms this is ok, please go to our Google Doc and provide your Find A Grave Day meetup location including city and state, province or country, the time of your meetup, and Find A Grave cemetery URL.

We will upload new meetup locations on our Facebook events page each day so check back frequently.

[At the time of writing this post, there are Find A Grave Community Day events scheduled in Australia, England, Irealand and the US … but here’s hoping a heap more will be added in the coming days and weeks.]


What to Do on Saturday, 17th October
To ensure a successful day, we encourage you to look up the cemetery you will be visiting and go through the list of the outstanding photo requests. Some cemeteries have one, others have hundreds. Then work with cemetery staff a week or two before the day of the event to locate the graves you are wishing to photograph on a map. Most offices are more than happy to look up the name and provide the section and plot number for each request. Just please keep in mind asking them to do 100 might be taxing on their staff. Let them know how many you are trying to fulfill and then let them advise what makes the most sense based on their own resources.

We have put together a page of resources for you here. Be sure to go through that before the event. Items include a cemetery etiquette guide, a link to download the Find a Grave mobile app where you can batch upload photos (iOS and Android compatible) and where you can easily search for your local cemetery.

Ancestry and Find A Grave staff members will be attending a select number of events across the globe and we’ll post an update on exact locations in the next week or two. Our hope is to be able to meet many of you in person, and that you have the opportunity to meet others in the community who share your love of cemeteries and giving back.

Make a day of it. Bring the family out. Meet other volunteers. Get to know your local cemetery staff a little bit better. Help those who cannot get to the cemetery in person secure a photo of their ancestors grave site (with or without the marker).

Then upload all the photos you take to If you are fulfilling a specific photo request for someone, you can go to the main cemetery page (this is the page for the cemetery that has the total number of records, photos of the cemetery, a map, etc.) and then click on “# photo requests.” Scroll down until you find the right person and then click on the ‘fulfill’ link on the right. You can upload the photo there and they will be notified you have done them a great service. And if you decide to share any of this on the social web (events, photos, videos, etc) please use the hashtags #FGDay and #FindAGrave if you can!


And while we’re on the topic of cemeteries and graves, here are some other topics that Find A Grave think you may find helpful:

If you plan on joining in, please let Find A Grave know where you will be and make sure to either RSVP for an existing event by checking their Facebook page for events here or registering your event so others can join by completing this quick form.

Will you be there?


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New Australian TV Show Reunites Long-Lost Relatives Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:18:48 +0000 Australian family history buffs are going to get their genealogy fix when a new tv program goes to air.

Apart from the Australian edition of Who Do You Think You Are? and the various UK and US family history related shows that we get … there is new Australian TV documentary series coming that aims to help find long lost relatives, and they are currently looking for participants.

If you are desperate to trace a lost family member and have been searching with no success, they would like to hear from you – and perhaps they can help you (at no cost to you).

The press release states …

“We understand that this is a very emotional quest and we will always be very sensitive to seekers who respond to us.

The programme will follow the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them.

The aim of the programme is to help people who are struggling to find enough information to move closer to a reunion.  The programme hopes to track down lost relatives and follow the stories from the search through to the reunion.”

Please note this request relates to the assistance of the location of family members ONLY.  If you are searching for someone who is not a family member, please do not complete the form.

For details on who is eligible to apply, together with the submission form, please click here.

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Trove Digitises More Historical Australian Newspapers Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:55:48 +0000 newspaper_pileAustralia’s best free genealogical and historical resource, Trove continues to grow with more historical newspapers being digitised!!

The National Library of Australia are pleased to announce that the following newspapers have been recently added to Trove:

New South Wales
Chaser (The) (Glebe, NSW: 1999-2005)
Enterprise (The) (Katoomba, NSW: 1913)
Record of the Blue Mountains (The) (Katoomba, NSW: 1924)

Bowen Independent (Qld: 1911-1954)
Evening News (The) (Rockhampton, Qld: 1924-1941)
Pittsworth Sentinel (Qld: 1919-1954)
Truth (Brisbane, Qld: 1900-1954)

South Australia
Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Advertiser (SA: 1839-1840)
Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA: 1840-1842)
Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1869-1912)
Gadfly (Adelaide, SA: 1906-1909)
Journal (The) (Adelaide, SA: 1912-1923)
Millicent Times (The) (SA: 1891-1905)
Pioneer (The) (Yorketown, SA: 1898-1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA: 1878-1883)
Port Adelaide News and Commercial and Shipping Gazette (SA: 1878)
Port Adelaide News and Lefevre’s Peninsula Advertiser (SA: 1883-1897)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1877-1880)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1884)
Port Augusta Dispatch and Flinders’ Advertiser (SA: 1880-1884)
Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle (The) (SA: 1885-1916)
Port Pirie Standard and Barrier Advertiser (The) (SA: 1889-1898)
Saturday Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1923-1929)
South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (Adelaide, SA: 1845-1847)
South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1847-1852)
South Eastern Times (The) (Millicent, SA: 1906-1954)
Times (Victor Harbor, SA: 1987-1999)
Whyalla News (SA: 1940-1954)

Colonist (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1888-1891)
Colonist and Van Diemen’s Land Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1832-1834)
North West Post (The) (Formby, Tas: 1887-1916)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1871-1879)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1881-1895)
Tasmanian Daily News (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1855-1858)
Tasmanian Tribune (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1872-1876)
Tribune (Hobart, Tas: 1876-1879)
True Colonist Van Diemen’s Land Political Despatch, and Agricultural and Commercial…(The)  (Hobart Town, Tas: 1834-1844)

Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic: 1857-1868)
Church of England Messenger (Melbourne, Vic: 1905)
Church of England Messenger (The) (Melbourne, Vic: 1870-1876)
Church of England Messenger and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne and Ballarat (The) (Vic: 1876-1889)
Church of England Messenger for the Diocese of Melbourne (The) (Vic: 1869)
Church of England Messenger for Victoria and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne  (The) (Vic: 1889-1905)
Dandenong Journal (The) (Vic: 1927-1954)
Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (South Melbourne, Vic: 1860-1870)
Melbourne Leader (The) (Vic: 1861-1862)
Snowy River Mail and Tambo and Croajingolong Gazette (The) (Orbost, Vic: 1890-1911)
Tocsin (The) (Melbourne, Vic: 1897-1906)

Western Australia
Beverley Times (The) (WA: 1905-1977)
Black Range Courier and Sandstone Observer (The) (WA: 1907-1915)
Evening Star (The) (Boulder, WA: 1898-1921)
Laverton Mercury (Laverton, WA: 1899-1919)
Meekatharra Miner (WA: 1909-1918)
Moora Herald and Midlands District Advocate (The) (WA: 1914-1930)
Southern Argus and Wagin-Arthur Express (The) (Perth, WA: 1905-1924)
Southern Cross Times (The) (WA: 1920-1940)

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Findmypast is FREE All Weekend (18-21 September 2015)! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:42:15 +0000 FMP-free-weekend

Cancel all of your plans this weekend, and get ready for a full-on genealogy-fest as Findmypast have just announced that they are giving you FREE access to ALL of their records, all this weekend (18-21 September 2015). That’s over 4 billion records that you can search for free.

Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 9pm on Friday, September 18th to 9pm on Monday, September 21st (AEST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  • Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection.
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 11 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere

… As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history, and bring their past to life.

Extended access for existing users
It’s not only new users who’ll enjoy special family history research opportunities this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added to their subscription.

Terms & conditions
Free access lasts from 09:00 pm midday (AEST) on Friday 18th September 2015 until 08:59am (AEST) on Monday 21st March 2015. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 30 (Sep-Oct 2015) is Out Now Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:33:53 +0000 Inside History Magazine - 2015-09Issue 30 of Australia’s premier genealogy and history magazine, Inside History Magazine has hit the newsagent shelves and the letterboxes of subscribers, and as usual it is another issue of cover-to-cover reading.

In this one Inside History Magazine debates the landing of the First Fleet and the question, is history wrong? First Fleet historians Michael Flynn and Gary Sturgess have been investigating where exactly the First Fleet came ashore on 26 January 1788, and their conclusion (and evidence for it), makes fascinating reading. While no one doubts that the landing took place at Port Jackson, exactly where in Sydney Cove has been a subject of contention for nearly 130 years!

Also included is the Parramatta Female Factory which was the scene of Australia’s first known riot by women. You’ll find out how you can support the ongoing battle to have this important precinct preserved.

The Inside History Magazine team headed to Canberra to discover the best places to start your genealogy research, and they interviewed celebrities Ray Martin and Luke Nguyen about being a part of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 7.

The reading continues with the “Postie’s Here”, “Bob’s Your Uncle”, and “Cup of Tea with Barbara Hall”, “The Latest News” and “Ask Our Experts” sections. The “What’s New Online” section contains a 85 new genealogy resources which will have you racing to your computer to check them all out!!

And if that isn’t enough, you’ll even find books reviews and the latest history and genealogy apps.

You can buy the printed copies of the magazine from Inside History directly, and a number of societies and newsagents around Australia stock it as well (Click here to see a list of stockists).  For a sneak peek of this issue, and past issues check out Issuu.

So if you love Australian history and genealogy, and reading, you really can’t go past Inside History Magazine!



Copies of the current issue (and back issues) can be bought from the Inside History website. Or you can subscribe to the magazine
AUD$9.95 / NZ$10.95 per issue
AUD$25.00 / NZ$45.00 6 mth subscription (3 issues)
AUD$50.00 / NZ$90.00 1 year subscription (6 issues)
AUD$85.00 / NZ$125.00 2 year subscription (12 issues)
AUD$125.00 / NZ$165.00 3 year subscription (18 issues)

iPad edition (available from the iTunes Store)
Android & Desktop edition (available from Zinio)

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New South Wales 1828 Census Householders’ Returns Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:11:38 +0000 1828 NSW census

The 1828 New South Wales Census was Australia’s first census and took place in November of that year. Previous government statistics were based on “musters”, a head count of assembled convicts and settlers. In 1828 the white population of the whole of Australia was 36,598, made up of 20,870 free settlers and 15,728 convicts. There were 638 of that total white population living in what is now Queensland and just over 18,100 in Tasmania. Almost a quarter were born in the colony and a quarter were women while 25,248 were Protestants, with 11,236 Catholic. Indigenous Australians were not counted.

The 1828 census is the only complete 19th century census to have survived and consists of original householders’ returns; meaning that the form was filled in and signed by householders on census night rather than the more usual enumerators’ books. Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original record held by State Records New South Wales.

Containing nearly 10,000 records, the 1828 New South Wales Census was the first census ever to be taken in Australia. Previous government statistics were based on “musters”, a head count of assembled convicts and settlers.

And to protect individual privacy, national censuses were destroyed after the statistical information had been collected. These records are the original householders’ returns. In other words, the form was filled in, and signed by householders on census night rather than the more usual enumerators’ books.

Forms typically include the individuals name, occupation, birth year, arrival year, ship name, residence, class (whether free settler or class of convict) sentence, religion and details of their land and livestock.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original record. The amount of information can vary but you can find out the following about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Birth year
  • Arrival year
  • Residence
  • Ship name
  • Sentence

The image often contains further information including:

  • Class – whether someone was a Free settler (FS), Bonded convict (BC), had a Ticket of Leave (TL) or a Certificate of Freedom (CF)
  • Religion
  • Total number of acres
  • Number of acres farmed
  • Number of acres cleared
  • Number of horned cattle
  • Number of horses
  • Number of sheep

This is an incredible record that has survived, from such an early (I know know early for the rest of the world, but early for Australia) period of Australia’s history.

And just a reminder that back in 1828, New South Wales covered a whole heap more of Australia than the New South Wales as we know it today. So Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and even New Zealand technically “were” New South Wales back then.

[source: Wikipedia]

[source: Wikipedia]

Search the New South Wales 1828 Census records now.

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One Million World War II POW Records Now Online Thu, 10 Sep 2015 03:32:06 +0000

Allied prisoners of war after the liberation of Changi Prison, Singapore, c.1945 [source: Wikipedia]

Last week Findmypast published details of one million records of service men, women and civilians who were taken captive as POWs during World War II are published online for the first time.

The publication, in association with The National Archives, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on all fronts on 2 September and the anniversary on 5 September of the liberation of the notorious Changi Prison camp, located on the eastern side of Singapore.

For the first time online, relatives and historians can search through the records of some of the most infamous POW camps of World War II. Included are the records for Stalag Luft III, the Nazi camp renowned for the mass escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners that inspired the film The Great Escape, and the Far East Prisoner of War camps immortalised in films such as The Railway Man.

The records cover the period 1939-1945 and contain the names, ranks and locations of Prisoners of War, along with the length of time spent in camps, the number of survivors, details of escapees and the nationalities of prisoners. Britons represent the largest number in the collection, followed by Dutch, Americans and Australians. In addition to this type of data, the collection comprises 360,000 images, including pages from personal diaries and photographs. Many official World War II records remain classified, making this an invaluable resource enabling members of the public to research the histories of relatives and those held captive during the war.

Prisoners of War 1939-1945 forms part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection. To find out more about these fascinating records, visit

Included in the records are:

  • Ronald Searle, whose harrowing sketches depicting the inhumanity of life in the camps of the Far East are in stark contrast to the much-loved St Trinian’s cartoons for which he is most known
  • Immunologist Dr Bill Frankland: at 103 years old (and still a practising doctor), he is just one of many prisoners who did not speak of their experiences until very recently
  • Eric Lomax, whose defining account of life in the camps, The Railway Man, was made into a major feature film starring Colin Firth
  • The names of the 76 escapees from Stalag Luft III, immortalised in The Great Escape, grouped according to their fates
  • Archibald Henry Flanagan, father of the Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, whose haunting traumatic experiences as a Far East POW inspired The Road to the Deep North which won the Man Booker Prize in 2014
  • Accounts showing that the shooting of British POWs by the Nazi’s – in defiance of the Geneva Convention – was conducted at the ‘express personal orders’ of Hitler.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: ‘Many of those who were captured during WWII endured barbaric conditions and found it difficult on their return to discuss the experience. Today’s publication allows the public to explore their story, and learn more about this dark period.’

David Langrish, Military Records Specialist at The National Archives says: ‘Extraordinary stories of ordinary men and women whose lives were caught up in the calamities of war have been told for years, but the online publication of these records makes it much easier for a wider audience to research this period and even find members of their own family. The National Archives are committed to widening access to our shared national records and the publication of these files is a significant development in facilitating this.’

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220,000 of Francis Frith’s Vintage UK Photos on Ancestry Sun, 06 Sep 2015 13:58:53 +0000 logo - Francis FrithFrancis Frith was an English photographer whose name became synonomous with photographing not only the Middle East, but also thousands of UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland) cities, towns and villages from the 1850s. Frith is recognised as one of the great pioneers of photography. The Francis Frith Company was founded in 1860 and published photographs which were sold to tourists as souvenirs, and later as postcards.

It is the UK images (over 220,000 of them) that are included in this collection on Ancestry’s website. Covering over 7000 different places, the photos are primarily topographical – of towns, landmarks and landscapes. These include thousands of individual streets, churches, castles, landscapes, businesses, bridges, municipal buildings and locations that have been important in individuals’ lives.

Frith is best known today for the amazing archive his company created. His collection is famous as an outstanding record of British towns and villages over 110 years and provides a lot of information about everyday life over that period, often photographing the same place years apart – which gives a unique perspective of the place, building or landscape over time.

Lemon Street c1890, Truro, Cornwall

Lemon Street c1890, Truro, Cornwall

Royal Lunatic Asylum c1878, Lancaster, Lancashire

Royal Lunatic Asylum c1878, Lancaster, Lancashire

Search the Francis Frith Collection on Ancestry
click here

Further information:
The Francis Frith website
Francis Frith’s biography on Wikipedia
Ancestry’s blog post about the Collection

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:50:27 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blog post. Here are a collection of posts that I’ve read during August that I’ve found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blog posts we have posts that cover:  mobilegeddon, desktop genealogy software, citations, labelling digital photos, is your research intellectual property?, and who owns copyright to that photo?, indexes – good or bad?, and how to promote your next genealogy conference on social media … together with a whole heap more!

So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee, get comfy and enjoy some great reads.

As I mention every time, I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products as well as what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. And if you happen to already follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google+, you already know that I like to share with you the interesting things I read.

Food for thought? Labelling your digital photos
I came across this post on the “All About Digital Photos” site. Ken writes … “Since I started working with digital photos I’ve been looking for a good solution to labelling these photos. Unlike paper prints, there is no “back” to write on with a digital photo. Labelling is a good habit to get into, especially with family photos. I do a lot of genealogy and am constantly frustrated by collections of largely unlabeled photos”… [aren’t we all]. He explains that there are two types of labelling (digital and visible) and goes into detail of how to use these to your advantage. Read the full article …

Is Historical Research Intellectual Property?
Former lawyer, now genealogist, James Tanner tackles this intriguing question. He writes the following … “As genealogists, we find ourselves in a quandary. We do historical research. We discover documents, most of which are not covered by copyright or any other “intellectual property” protection and we convert those documents (organize, extract, summarize etc.) into our “own work.” Some of the documents we use … are clearly exempt from any copyright protection. … most of the other documents we consult are either long out of copyright due to the age of the documents or otherwise not covered by any sort of protection. The real question, from the standpoint of genealogical research, is not the copyright status of the documents we research, but the extent to which we can claim any rights to the information and to the documents themselves when the source documents are clearly not covered by any claim of copyright? In other words, is historical research per se, intellectual property?” It is an intriguing read. Read the full article …

To Index or Not to Index. That is the Question
Another post from James Tanner makes my list, and in my option he voices what I’ve thought of for a long time … people rely far too much on indexes. He writes … “I am not really challenging the concept of providing an index for genealogical research. Indexes do have their place. But I am suggesting that researchers do not become overly dependent on indexes.” Read the full article …

Why It’s Important to Use Desktop Family Tree SOFTWARE
There’s no doubt that big name databases encourage us to create our family trees online, while it’s fine, it is also limiting. You still need to have a software program on your hard drive on your desktop computer, laptop, ipad or mobile device. Christine from the Genosity blog, gives you 7 reasons as to why you should use desktop genealogy software program, rather than purely and online one. Read the full article …

Mobilegeddon and Your Society Website
Let’s say your society is doing well, it has a website, and you’re keeping things up to date. Now Google has gone and changed their search algorithm again, and now base their Search Engine Rankings on whether a website is mobile friendly. Read on to see what Mobilegeddon really means for the typical society website. This is relevant for everyone with a website, but is written in the context of a genealogy society. Read the full article …

15-Step Social Media Marketing Plan to Help You Promote Your Next Genealogy Conference
To make a conference work well, it takes far more than choosing a date, and putting on the society’s calendar. Gail Denver has come up with 15 great suggestions that will help your next genealogy event work well. Read the full article …

Citations, Rigmarole and Aha! Moments
Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to citations? Do you wonder if you’re doing them ‘right? Elizabeth Shown Mills shares with us how some people feel that citations are just too hard, and what you can do about it. She asks “in the grand scheme of things, what matters in a source citation?” Read the full article …

The Limits of Ownership
Judy tackles another reader’s query of ownership and copyright of an old family photograph. But rather than simply covering the issue of who has copyright, the question was raised in relation to an edited version of the photograph. It truly makes you think about the copyright issue of it all. Read the full article …

Stanmore Shame
Jill Ball writes how her husband wanted to donate some old primary school photos to his old school, but was left dismayed by their lack of interest. However, rather than give up, he contacted a local library who would be delighted to add them to their collection. It’s so good to know that they have a good home to go to. Read the full article …

Happy reading 😉

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Ask A Curator Day is Back, 16 September 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:18:35 +0000 askacurator

AskACurator Day has been going since 2010, and since 2012 it has been an annual Twitter event held around the middle of September. AskACurator Day seems to seems to grow in popularity each year, with 721 museums from 43 countries taking part in 2014.

There’s still a few weeks left for museums etc. to register, but the stats for those taking part in 2015 already exceed last years: Museums taking part: 832, Countries: 44. You can see the full list here (as at 24 August 2015). And it’s awesome to see so many Australian organisations taking part in this amazing event.

Let’s first get Wikipedia’s definition of curator …  “A curator (from Latin: curare meaning “take care”) is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (e.g., gallery, museum, library or archive) is a content specialist responsible for an institution’s collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material.”

“It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to.”

The idea of #AskACurator Day is for those of you who are on Twitter, you can send a query or question to a specific archive, museum, National Trust, gallery or other similar organisation that is taking part, just be sure to hashtag it with #AskACurator, and they’ll respond. Or just send a general query using the hashtag #AskACurator, an any number of them can reply.

Firstly the date it’s all happening is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, so be sure to diary date it. It starts on 16th September wherever you are in the world. As Australia is ahead of other countries it is still going on by the time we get to the 17th – so it sort of goes for a day and a bit for us, particularly if you are tweeting overseas organisations.

Some sample questions on the AskACurator page are:
– What is is like to be a curator?
– How do you decide what to display?
– What is the most unique object in your collection?

I think you get the idea. But honestly just ask whatever you wish.

#AskACurator Day is open to everyone – both to those doing the asking, and those at the archives – the more the merrier for both. This is a global event, and it’s great to see archives from so many countries participating.

For more on #AskACurator Day, click here

ignore the date as it was last years, but look at the questions!

ignore the date as it was last years, but look at the questions!

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7 Gift Ideas for Dad for Father’s Day Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:30:49 +0000 Retro elements for Father's Day calligraphic designs. Vintage ornaments.Happy Father's Day Typographical Background. Vector illustration.Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Sunday, the 6th of September is Father’s Day in Australia, and have you got your dad something yet?

While your dad may need socks, jocks or a tie, why not get him something more interesting, something different.  Something family history related.

And if you’re struggling for ideas, here are 7 gift suggestions for you.



UTP0010-2 Where Do I StartWhere Do I Start?: A Brief Guide to Researching Your Family in Australia and New Zealand – $19.00 (printed book)
For more details on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

If your dad is just getting into family history, or if you want to get him started, the “Where Do I Start?” book is a fabulous one which will take him step-by-step through the process of beginning his family history, collecting together what he knows, what records he has, and then how to go about finding further information.



UTP0423-2 Preserving Your Family's Oral History and StoriesPreserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories – $14.00 (printed book)
For more details on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

If your dad is already into family history, he’d know the importance of recording the family’s stories .. be it written or recorded.

This book gives great tips on how to go about conducting oral hsitory interviews, and cover the equipment, the setting and the types of questions to ask as well.

Other techniques that can be used to record and share your family’s stories are covered as well..


ALI006-2 A Father's StoryA Father’s Story – $19.95
For more details on this title click here

Maybe your dad isn’t “into” family history research, but why not at least get him to record his own history. Afterall no-one knows the history of his life like him. And if he fills this in, it is leaving a legacy for future generations.

“A Father’s Story” is a fill-in book, which asks numerous questions, while leaving plenty of room for him to fill in answers, as well as leaving room for photos to be added in.

Topics covered include: when I was young, home life, school, aspirations, pets, working life, milestones, passions, my mother and father and their families, hobbies and more.

A filled in book like this is a true treasure.


ALB032 Home Archive Starter kitThe Home Archive Stater Kit – $37.15
Available in Black, Blue or Grey

Store your precious photographs and documents safely, in archival quality storage.

Made in Australia, the “Home Archive Starter Kit” contains an archival quality and acid free binder and slipcover, so this keeps both the light and dust out.

And it comes with:
– 10 photo pages for 6×4 inch pages (postcard size)
– 2 negative storage pages for 35mm negatives
– 5 photo pages for 8×12 inch photos, letters or documents (A4 size)
– 1 sheet of tabs for recording photo details.

The album has a 40mm spine, and can generally hold up to 50 page pockets in the album.


FPL001-2 Flip-Pal Mobile ScannerFlip-Pal Mobile Scanner – $279.50
For more details on this title click here
For more on the various Flip-Pal accessories click here

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is a tech-toy that every researcher wants and needs.

If you visit relatives, societies, or archives offices*, you can use this tiny, light-weight scanner to scan photos and documents on the spot. It even allows you to scan photos that are stuck in albums, or large photos that are framed.

If you have large images, no problem, the stitching software joins multiple images together seamlessly.

(*many societies and archives offices allow use of the scanner, but not all, so be sure to check beforehand)


UTP0401 Digital Imaging Essentials Australian editionDigital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and tips for Genealogists and Family Historians (Australian edition) – $34.95 (printed book)
For more on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

Genealogists use digital imaging technology every day with cameras, scanners, saving files, sharing records and so on.

But what you do not know about it, can harm your digital treasures.

This book fills the need for a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations to learn how to digitise, organise, preserve, share, and backup your digital collections.


CPL010-2 Family Historian 6Family Historian 6 – $69.95
For more on this product click here

If your dad is in need of a genealogy software program, or a new one, you might like to consider Family Historian as a Father’s Day gift for him.

A powerful program, yet easy to get started, this program is one that is installed on your own computer, so you’re not reliant on connecting to the internet like some others.

Family Historian not only lets you record all of your data, it allows you add in media (photos, audio and video), you can webclip items from the internet to add in to your program, not only can you do mapping, but your can use the Time Slider tool to see who lived where when.

You can record Witnesses (non-principal participants in events, like bridesmaids at a wedding), and the number of chart and report options available to you to print out is endless. 

Family Historian is a well-made, and well-supported program. It is the top selling program in England, it has a growing number of users throughout the rest of the world, including Australia.

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RootsMagic Software and Windows 10 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:38:40 +0000 RootsMagic 7 and Windows 10


I recently wrote about Legacy Family Tree and Windows 10, and now here’s the word from the publishers of RootsMagic, and what they say about Windows 10 …

“Will RootsMagic run on Windows 10?”
The short answer is

Microsoft made early versions of Windows 10 available to developers and to the public to make sure the final release was as stable and as compatible as possible. We, and many RootsMagic users, have tested and confirmed that the software works as designed in the new operating system.

So whether you’re an early-adopter and are already downloading Windows 10, or a cautious user taking a wait-and-see approach, we’ve got you covered.

Important Update: Apparently Microsoft snuck in a last-minute change that didn’t exist in earlier test versions.  There is a Windows registry entry needed in Windows 10 to allow programs to display data using the internal browser component (again, it was working in Windows 10 preview builds).  This prevents the internal WebSearch from working, certain text appearing on some screens, and backing up to Dropbox and Google Drive.

Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix:

FOS018-2 RootsMagic 7If you are using RootsMagic 7 under Windows 10:
1. Select Help > Check for Updates from the Main Menu. You will see an update is available (version 7.0.7 or higher).
2. Follow the instructions to automatically download and install the update.

If you are using RootsMagic 4, 5, or 6 under Windows 10:
1. Download the .REG file from
2. Run the .REG file to add the necessary entries to your Windows registry. It will display several scary warnings. Just keep telling it that “yes”, you do want to make the change.

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National Family History Month 2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:20:20 +0000 logo - NFHM 2015

If you are in Australia or New Zealand and are into family history, you should already have heard about National Family History Month which is on for the whole of August.

This is a time when individuals and groups promote family history to the public, which ca be done in any number of ways. Seminars, open days, a stand at a local public venue, tours, and more.

Have you participated in any? Or hosted one even?

Even though we’re half-way through the month, with over 330 events scheduled, there’s still plenty to do, including many activities you can do at home or online. So if you haven’t checked recently, be sure to do so.

Online events
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia
New Zealand

And Shauna Hicks who is voluntary national coordinator for National Family History Month (NFHM), has her 31 activities lists available again for you to download.
31 Genealogy Activities for Researchers During National Family History Month August 2015
31 Genealogy Activities for Societies During National Family History Month August 2015
How many activities will you complete this month?


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9 August 2016, Australia’s Next Census Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:26:50 +0000 2016 Australian Census

Where will you be on Tuesday, 9 August 2016? The Australian Government wants to know, as that is census night.

Australia has a long and proud history of Census taking. Since the first national census in 1911, census data has played an important role in charting Australia’s history and shaping its future. Held roughly every ten years initially, since the 1940s they have been held each five years.

The news that census day coming is good, as a number of months ago there was talk of scrapping the 2016 Census altogether, simply because of the cost was exhorbitant. However it is going ahead, and while people have had the option of doing the census online in 2011, only about one-third used it. But it is expected that two-thirds of people are likely to take this option up in 2016, which makes life easier for those in today’s busy society and keeps costs down for the government.

The report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reads as follows …

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is preparing to count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people in Australia on Census night.

The 2016 Census will be Australia’s first Census where more than two thirds of Australia’s population (more than 15 million people) are expected to complete the Census online in August 2016.

New delivery and collection procedures will make it easier to complete the Census online. In the lead up to 9 August, households will receive a letter from the ABS, addressed ‘To the Resident’, including a unique login and instructions on how to complete the Census online.

Completing the Census online will be fast, easy, secure, environmentally friendly, and help to reduce the cost of the Census to the community.

Paper forms can be requested where needed and must be completed and returned in the Reply Paid envelope provided without delay.

The ABS needs the support of everyone in Australia on 9 August next year to make the Census a success. Everyone in Australia is encouraged to participate and take advantage of the fast, easy and secure online option.

Some stats …
Some interesting statistics that the Australian Bureau of Statistics quote, are that in 2016 they will:

  • Produce approximately 327 tonnes of less paper material than in the 2011 Census – equivalent to approximately 231 family sedans
  • Travel 230,000 less kilometres to deliver household materials than in 2011 Census – equivalent to more than 5 trips around the circumference of the Earth (or 58 return trips between Sydney and Perth)
  • Use 3,800 kilograms of ink and 16,000 litres of glue to produce household letters, envelopes and forms
  • Mail 13.5 million letters to households and establishments across Australia
  • Count all of Australia’s 10 million dwellings and 24 million people
  • Employ around 39,000 temporary field staff across a variety of roles, including up to 500 people to process the data
  • Scan paper forms as they arrive using industrial scanners operating 12 hours per day, 5 days per week, over 10 weeks, scanning close to 88 million pages
  • Produce and publish over 3 trillion cells of data as a result of the information collected in the Census.
  • The Census provides an important snapshot of Australia’s people and their housing. It helps estimate Australia’s population, which is used to distribute government funds and plan services for your community, including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment.

And for genealogists …
While the questions for the next census haven’t been finalised as yet, I have been advised that it is “expected” that the question which asks if you “want this record kept for historical purposes” is likely to be in there. So if you see it, be sure to tick YES. Your ancestors will thank you!!

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Highlight: Two World War I Biographical Books Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:52:42 +0000 anzac silhouette

The centenary of the beginning of World War I, together with the commemoratons of the Anzac Diggers landing at Gallipoli, has created an incredible amount of interest in military history.

Along with a heap of new military records that have been released, there’s also been many new books. It is two of these new titles that I’m highlighting here.

Totally unique in their concept, and full of biographical information – they are a welcome addition not only for military historians, but more so for those whose ancestors are listed in them.


Title: Lost Boys of Anzac
Author: Peter Stanley
Media: paperback, 384 pages
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781742233970
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Price: AUD$34.95
Link to website

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1925 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war? Peter Stanley goes looking for the Lost Boys of Anzac: the men of the very first wave to land at dawn on 25 April 1915 and who died on that day. There were exactly 101 of them.

They were they first to volunteer, the first to go into action, and the first of the 60,000 Australians killed in that conflict.

‘Lost Boys of Anzac’ traces who these men were, where they came from and why they came to volunteer for the AIF in 1914. It follows what happened to them in uniform and, using sources overlooked for nearly a century, uncovers where and how they died, on the ridges and gullies of Gallipoli. – where most of them remain to this day. An we see how the Lost Boys were remembered by those who knew and loved them, and how they have since faded from memory.

‘Lost Boys of Anzac’ offers a startlingly original account of the landing on Gallipoli, relvealing in poignant detail how one day of battle led to decades of grief: a powerful new way of looking at Australia’s history of the Great War.

The names of the 101 Australian’s who were killed on that day:
William Bentley (also known as ‘Barney’) Allen, clerk, S, Heywood, Vic, CofE
William Richard (also known as ‘Dick’) Annear, 39, commercial traveller, S, Subiaco, WA, CofE
Charles James (also known as Rappie’) Backman, 30, boilermaker’s assistant, S, Adelaide, SA, Cong
Richard Hamilton Baker, 20, bank clerk, S, Sandgate, Q CofE
Cecil ‘Thomas Barrack, 30, engineer, S, Chatswood, NSW, CofE
Frank Batt, 31, miner, S, London, UK, CofE
William Charles Belson, 22, architect, S, Malanda, Q, Pres
William John Bradley, 30, labourer, Newport, UK, CofE
Charles George Brown, 22, labourer, S, Newmacher, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Pres
Albert John Byrne, 24, electrician, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
Hugh Calderbank, 32, motorman (tram driver), M, Perth, WA, CofE
Thomas George Carroll, 23, contractor/farm labourer, S, North Fremantle, WA, RC
Joseph Henry Cooke, 32, accountant, M, Wickepin, WA, CofE
Tom Courtney, 19, engine cleaner, S, Ipswich, Q RC
Alfred (also known as ‘Lizzie) Crowther, 26, iron moulder, S, Wayville, SA, CofE
Frederick Dann, 30, carpenter, S, Melbourne, Vic, CofE
John (known as Jack) Davey, 19, labourer, S, Woombye, Q, Meth
John Dow, 25, miner, S, Perthshire, Scotland, Pres
John Curry Duckworth, 36, labourer, M, Perth, WA, Pres
Wolverton Mason Edgar, 36, lumper, S, Great Bulling, Hants, UK, CofE
Charles John Falk, 30, clerk, S, Yatala, SA, CofE
John James Ferguson, 19, labourer, S, Perth, WA, RC
George Clement Ferrett, 29, wheelwright, S, Blinman, SA, CofE
James Fielding, 26, labourer, S, Sheffield, Yorks, UK, CofE
Edward William Fitzgerald [Edward Edwards], 37, agent, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, CofE
Thomas Walter Ford, 19, medical student, S, Brisbane, CofE
Herbert Howard Kentwell Fowles (also known as Bert), 21, schoolteacher, S, Zillmere, Q CofE
William James (known as Billy) Gibbons, 34, labourer, M, Adelaide, SA, CofE
John Woodside (known as Jack) Gibson, 26, labourer, S, Canada/India, CofE
Anthony Simpson (also known as MAO Gilpin, 24, ironmonger, S, Ballarat, Vic, CofE
Albert Glatz [Alexander Glades], 27, miner, S, Kapunda, SA, Pres
Kenneth Douglas (known as Ken) Gordon, 28, clerk, S, Port Pirie, SA, CofE
John Lewes Davidson Gower, 29, clerk, S, Littlehampton, SA, CofE
George Charles Gracey, 28, motorman, S, South Brisbane, Q, CofE
Harry John Graham, 19, sheep farmer, S, Barcaldine, Q CofE
James Joseph Grant, 22, shipping clerk, S, Brisbane, Q RC
Keith Eddowes Green, 21, shipping clerk, S, Mitcham, SA, CofE
Percival Charles Greenhill, 26, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Wilfred Carl Hill, 22, labourer, S, Concord, NSW, CofE
William Albert (also known as ‘Fatty’) Hobson, 25, potter, Stourbridge, Worcs, UK, CofE
Cuthbert Oliver Holcombe, 33, farmer, S, London, UK, CofE
John Holden, 19, farm hand, S, Bromley, UK, CofE
Henry (known as Harry) Jackson, 20, carpenter, S, Coen, Q, RC
Leslie Job, 19, telephonist, Perth GPO, S, Fitzroy, WA, CofE
William Johnston, 21, clerk, S, Edinburgh, Scotland, Pres
Leo James Kerswill, 21, hide and skin cleaner, S, Newman Park, Q, Bapt
Patrick Kiely, 28, engineer, S, Cork, Ireland, RC
Leslie John (also known as Langey) Langdon, 28, farmer, S, Melbourne, CofE
James Llewellyn (also known as ‘Lyn’) Lewis, 20, bank clerk, S, Port Adelaide, SA, CofE
James Mulcaster Lovatt, 33, farmer, S, Bettwys-y-Coed, Wales, Meth
Robert Stirling Mackie, 19, draper, S, Clydebank, Scotland, Pres
Frederick Dennis Mangan, 27, telegraph operator, M, Dublin, Ireland, RC
Harold Osborne Mansfield, 32, miner, S, Parkside, SA, CofE
David Joseph McCarthy, railway porter, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Francis Ronald Reid McJannet, 23, farmer, S, Kununoppin, WA, Pres
Alexander McPhail, 25, farmer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, Pres
Albert (also known as ‘Peter’) McConnachy, 25, miner, S, Renmark, SA, CofE
Keith Mitchell, 18, labourer, S, Lancefield, Vic, Bapt
Joseph Russel Moir, 24, farmer, S, Taranaki, NZ, Protestant
Donald Munro, 19, bricklayer, 5, Thurso, Scotland, Pres
George Alfred Nicoll, 35, accountant, S, Sydney, NSW, CofE
Edward Castle Oldham, 38, gentleman, S, Hackney, SA, CofE
Michael John O’Sullivan, 19, clerk, S, Rosewood, Q, RC
William Thomas Payne, 19, clerk, S, Brisbane, Q, Wesleyan
Ambrose Stanley Pearce, 20, carpenter, S, Quorn, SA, Meth
James Willis Plummer, 20, horse trainer, S, Yorketown, SA, RC
William Alexander Pollock, 37, labourer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, CofE
William George Price, 19, jeweller, S, Newcastle, NSW, Bapt
Patrick Thomas Pyne, 19, postal assistant, S, Strathalbyn, SA, RC
Walter Reeves, 24, labourer, S, Cambridge, UK, CofE
Henry John Riekie, 35, grocer/bread carter, M, Subiaco, WA, CofE
William John (also known as John or jack’) Rigby, 22, clerk, S, Yeronga, Q, CofE
Sydney Beresford Robertson, 28, law clerk, S, Ipswich, Q Cong
John Rundle, labourer, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
George Alfred Rush, 24, labourer, S, Nelson Bay, NSW, CofE
Victor Joseph Sanders, 34, overseer, Toowoomba, Q, CofE
Harry Sawley, 22, painter, S, Southport, Lancs, UK, Wesleyan
Basil Archdeacon (also known as Archie’) Scott, 23, motor mechanic, S, Northam, WA, CofE
Guy Allen Sharpe, 26, civil engineer, S, Poona, India, CofE
Hurtle Charles Shaw, 26, blacksmith, S, Hindmarsh, SA, CofE
William Haswell Shelton, 21, farmer, S, Murgon, Q Meth
Godfrey John Sherman, 24, bank clerk, S, Sydney, NSW, RC
Raymond Ferres Shirley, 22, law clerk, S, Brisbane, Q CofE
Richard Smith, 33, tinsmith/fitter/silversmith, S, Birmingham, UK, CofE
William Millar Smylie, 21, motor mechanic, S, Belfast, Ireland, Pres
Rupert James Sparrow, 22, horse driver, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
George Spence, 32, carpenter, S, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Pres
Edward Harvey Statham, 34, contractor, S, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CofE
Joseph Stratford, 34, labourer, S, Lismore, NSW, CofE
Charles Joshua Sussex, 34, labourer, Richmond, Vic, Pres
Frederick John Thompson, 33, traveller, S, Feilding, NZ, Pres
Edward James Thrum, 22, painter, S, Sorrento, Vic, Pres
Ernest Percy (also known as `Wakka) Walker, 23, sleeper cutter, S, Lillimur, Vic, CofE
William Frederick Walker, 22, labourer, S, Shipton Winslow, Bucks, UK, Anglican
William John Walsh, 33, tinsmith, M, Brisbane, Q CofE
William John Wilcox, 23, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Percy Williams, 21, miner or grocer?, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
Arthur Edward Wise, 22, iron moulder, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Roy Wyld, 26, fireman, S, Semaphore, SA, CofE


The Lost Boys of Anzac, and the ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield books

The Lost Boys of Anzac, and the ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield books


Title: The ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield and the Australians Who Died There and Elsewhere but who are Buried at Harefield 1914-1918
Author: Tanya Britton
Media: paperback, 60 pages
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780992792220
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Price: AUD$19.95
Link to website

A little-known village on the outskirts of London commemorates Anzac Day every year – as it has done for generations. Harefield, in Middlesex, was the site of an Australian World War I hospital, and more than 100 diggers who died there still lie in the village cemetery.

It all began when ex-pat Australian Charles Billyard-Leake donated his manor house to the Australian Government to use as a wartime hospital. Nurses arrived from Australia to prepare for the first patients who began to arrive from the Western Front in June 1915. And as increasing numbers of casualties were admitted, a series of huts was erected to accommodate them. At its peak, Harefield could accommodate 1,000 patients and by the end of the war, a staggering 50,000 injured diggers had been treated there.

This book is a history of the Anzac Hospital at Harefield during World War One together with biographical details of the Australian servicemen who died there and elsewhere, but who are buried in Harefield churchyard.

Example entry:
McCULLOUGH, Reginald Joseph
Reg was born at Bendigo, Victoria where he enlisted on 15th November 1915. He embarked on HMAT ‘Anchises’ on 16th March 1916 at Adelaide. 2203, Gunner, 14th Bde., Australian Field Artillery. Died on eczema and syncope on 30th December 1919, aged 25. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth McCullough of Goyne Road, Epsom, Victoria.

Here’s the list of those in this book:
Abberton, Edmund
Adkins, Charles
Alford, Roy Hensley
Anderson, Alfred Alexander
Anderson, William Leith
Armstrong, Ernest George
Austin, William John
Barnes, Keith
Bartlett, Joseph
Bassett, Leslie John
Baufoot, James Cornelius
Bice, John Gilbert
Blake, Richard Charles
Bone, Gordon Walter
Bradford, Clement Everly, MM and Bar
Bucknall, Guy
Clarke, Walter Allen
Clements, Frederick
Clifford, Harry William
Clover, William Crellin
Connor, Roy
Cookesley, Clifford
Copton, William
Dale, Joseph John
Dennis, John Williams Howard
Dickinson, Ruby Droma
Dines, Charles Stewart
Duddle, William Colbert
Dynes, Terrence William, MM
Eastham, Herbert James
Elliott, Ernest Robert
Elliott, Michael
Farthing, Arthur Vincent
Feild/Field, Gustav William
Flaherty, Patrick Bryan
Fletcher, John Duncan
Genge, John Wesley
Giddens, Percy Albert
Graham, Melville Adrian
Grubnau, Michael
Hall, Charles Samuel
Hartley, Frederick Charles
Hayden, John Arthur
Herron, Edwin George
Hingst, Leslie Christian
Hitchin, William Thomas
Hobbs, Arthur John
Hogarth, Joseph
Howlett, James Reuben
Ivett, William John
Johnson, John Stobart
Johnston, Andrew David
Jones, Oscar Harold
Keegan, Roderick James
Kelly, George Amber
Kelly, John Patrick
Kelly, Walter
Kempf, Thomas Vivian
Kennedy, Percy
Knell, Edgar Norman
Knox, Leopold Upton (Leslie)
Koop, Frederick William
Lakie, Douglas Vowles
Lange, Leo Julius Edward
Leitch, William Douglas
Lingley, William Lauderdale
Little, John Henry
Luby, Reginald
Lucas, Percival Cecil
Luff, Charles John
Manns, Thomas Henry
Marshall, Frederick, John William
McCalla, John Thomas
McCarthy, James Desmond
McCullough, Reginald Joseph
McDonald, James
Macdonald, Norman
Mackay, Hugh Grant
Menzie, Frederick Bertram
Mickels, James Henry
Moffatt, Mervyn Francs
Moore, Horace William George
Moore, Joseph Tregellis
Naylor, John
Noble, George Franklin
Osborne, William Lyle
Power, Leo Joseph
Regan, Thomas
Richards, Albert Stanley
Riley, William Michael
Robinson, Raymond
Rowlands, Cecil Rupert
Rugg, Frederick
Scott, George Alexander
Seton, Miles Charles Cariston
Sharp, Oswald Graham, MSM
Shirlaw, Hugh William
Smith, Bert
Smith, Clement Showers
Stevens, Charles Edward
Sutherland, William John
Taylor, Arthur John
Teakel, Clarence
Thornton, Mervyn Willoughby
Touchell, Thomas Daniel
Tuck, William
Wake, Robert Sidney
Walton, Charles
Waring, Frederick Charles Macleod
West, Charles Herbert
Wilkinson, William


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Winners of South Australia’s 2015 “History Greats” Award Announced Fri, 07 Aug 2015 02:32:54 +0000 logo - HCSA

South Australia’s newest “history greats” were recognised in a ceremony held at historic Government House last week. Five South Australian historians were honoured with History Council of SA Awards in recognition for a range of activities from South Australian history research, writing, teaching, and raising community awareness of history and heritage. The Awards are supported by Wakefield Press.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO presented the Awards in four categories to:
– South Australian Life-long History Achievement Award – jointly awarded to Mr Tom Gara and Mr Graham Jaunay
– South Australian Historian of the Year – Mr Peter Donovan
– South Australian Regional History Award – Mr John Mannion
– Emerging South Australian Historian of the Year – Ms Carly Osborn

History Council President Dr Susan Marsden said, ‘For 40 years Tom Gara has been working in the important area of indigenous history. His work has provided a basis for development and provenance of indigenous history, and contributed to reconciliation. A major work on Aboriginal History in SA from 1836
to the 1980s is pending’.

Joint winner Graham Jaunay has a lifetime of involvement in history, specialising in genealogy and family history, the fastest growing area of community engagement in history. He has an international reputation and has lectured and conducted historic walks, and published extensively on how to undertake research. He’s been a driving force in establishing SA’s family history centre and the Genealogical Society. Dr Marsden said, ‘The Historian of the Year Award focuses on a major achievement within the past two
years in presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history, and strengthening its
profile. The 2015 Award was to Peter Donovan, who has been a leader in the history profession nationally, and has many publications and achievements to his credit, including over 50 books and many heritage studies. He’s recently published another highly rated specialist book, a history of Mercedes College, and was involved in the Gallipoli commemorations this year’.

The South Australian Regional History Award was made to John Mannion, a farmer with a strong sense of place and a passion for history. Since 1974 he’s been recording oral histories of his district of Pekina, as well as Andamooka and Peterborough, which are a valuable resource. He’s promoted awareness of the
value of oral histories by conducting workshops, lecturing, and writing in the local press. The judges extol him as ‘the epitome of the local history activist who can keep the stories of a region alive and relevant today’.

Finally, for the award of Emerging South Australian Historian of the Year, Dr Marsden said that Carly Osborn ‘has greatly assisted the new emphasis on history in the curriculum by harnessing technology and leading professional development of history teaching in schools. Hundreds of teachers have been inspired by her materials and methods’.

Congratulations to all the winners, they were certainly well deserved.

More information …
The History Council of SA is a peak body providing a representative voice on historical issues and acting to celebrate history in South Australia. Membership is now open to organisations and individuals. For more details, visit their website:

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