bigstockphoto_A_Snailpath_Of_Cds_1272452 editedSo you’ve decided to update your old slow, tired computer to something that is smaller, faster, has more memory and runs Windows 7 … unfortunately you find out afterwards that not everything you had running on your earlier computer will work with Windows 7.

I’ve decided to do this post about genealogy data CDs and Windows 7 in the hope that it will inform people about what will and won’t work – or how to get it working if it isn’t.

The majority of CD-ROMs that we sell work using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you have Windows 7, you will have a recent version of Adobe Reader, and this will be fine to read the CDs. If you don’t already have Adobe Reader on your computer you can download it for free from the Adobe website (45.11MB). The following publishers all created their titles to be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  • Archive Digital Books Australasia
  • Archive CD Books England
  • Archive CD Books Ireland
  • Archive CD Books Canada
  • Archive CD Books United States
  • Anguline
  • S&N Genealogy
  • ScotPress

The Birth, Death and Marriage CDs that have been released for Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria all use the database program called Digger – therefore these are generally referred to as the Digger CDs. The various editions of Windows 7 come in 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Digger itself should work without any problems with 32-bit Windows 7, however it will not work with 64-bit (note this also applies to Vista 64-bit systems). If you are unsure which type of Windows 7 you have, click on Start-Control Panel-System and Security-System, and look for the System Type. For more details, the publishers have some information on their Tech Support Page.

The titles that are available and use the Digger database software are:
Bounty Immigration New South Wales 1828 to 1842
Northern Territory Census, Electoral Rolls and Directories 1881-1940
Northern Territory Deaths 1824 to 2004: Part 1
Queensland Pioneers Index 1829-1889
Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914
South Australian Birth Registrations Index 1842-1906
South Australian Birth Registrations Index 1907-1928
South Australian Marriage Registrations Index 1842-1916
South Australian Marriage Registrations Index 1917-1937
South Australian Death Registrations Index 1842-1915
South Australian Death Registrations Index 1916-1972
Tasmanian Pioneer Index 1803-1899
Tasmanian Federation Index 1900-1930
Tasmania Collection of Records 1830s to 1930s
Victorian Pioneers Index 1836-1888
Victorian Federation Index 1889-1901
Victorian Marriage Index 1921-1942

Victorian Death Index 1921-1985
Inquest Index Victoria 1840-1985
Marine Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria 1853-1920
The Argus Newspaper Index, Victoria: Births 1914-1931 and Marriages 1931-1941

Graham Jaunay of Adelaide Proformat is a professional genealogist in South Australia. Along with doing research for others, speaking at events, and courses, he has also compiled and produced a number of databases. These CDs weren’t made for Vista or Windows 7. Those with an asterisk alongside have been tested on Vista and work, but unfortunately none do with Windows 7.

A Parish Finder for England
Lonely Graves of South Australia Version 3
Sources for South Australian Shipping Records 1836 to 1842
South Australia 1840 Cultivators
South Australia Pre-Civil Registration Births
South Australia Pre-Civil Registration Marriages *
South Australia Pre-Civil Registration Deaths
South Australian 1841 Census and Biographies *
South Australian Land Owners 1835-1841 *
South Australian Newspaper Obituaries 1836-1900
Unregistered Deaths in South Australia from July 1842
[UPDATE September 2010 – the Jaunay CDs listed above WILL now work On Windows 7]

QFHSdataseach CDs
The Queensland Family History Society have been busy creating their own database program which they have used on most of their CD-ROMs. While not made for Windows 7, they have been tested, and seem to work fine.

Here is a list of the titles that QFHS have produced that use the QFHSdatasearch software:
The Army Index 1787: An Index to the War Office 1787 List of Officers of the British Army and Marines and Officers on Half-Pay
Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879
Queensland Brands Index 1872-1900 and Directory 1949-1952
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: Goomeri
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: Mundubbera
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: Ravenswood
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: Sherwood (Anglican)
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: South Brisbane
Queensland Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions: Toowong
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1903
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1913
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1922
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1934
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1949
Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1959
Queensland Early Pioneers Indexes 1824-1859
Queensland Gazetted Licences Index 1860-1901
Queensland Government Gazette Consolidated Index 1859-1919
Queensland Intestacies, Insolvencies and Wills 1859-1900
Queensland Police Gazette Index 1864-1874
Queensland Public/Civil Service Index 1864-1948
Queensland Railway Employees 1889-1940
Queensland School Pupils Index Part 1
Queensland School Pupils Index Part 2
Queensland School Pupils Index Part 3
Queensland School Pupils Index Part 4
Queensland Unclaimed Letters Index 1860-1874

Other titles published using the QFHSdatasearch database:
Deaths from the South Australian Government Gazettes 1845-1941: Including the Northern Territory Until December 1910
Genealogical Database of Australia’s Travelling Showpeople
Leader Deaths 1918-2000

All current Society of Australian Genealogists CDs were designed and published well before Microsoft Vista was launched. Installing these CDs under Vista is certainly possible, but some tweaks are necessary. Find out what they are, and how to work around the from the Support Page on the publisher’s website.

This is a list of the titles available that the SAG have produced:
Australasian Genealogical Computer Index Volume 2
Australasian Genealogical Computer Index Volume 3
Free Passengers to New South Wales 1826-1837: Passengers, Crew and Military
Macquarie Park Cemetery Transcriptions: (Formerly Northern Suburbs Cemetery)
Pubs and Publicans in the County of Cumberland, New South Wales to 1850
Waverley and South Head General Cemetery Transcriptions

If you’re buying a new computer, please be aware that not everything you had running on your old computer will necessarily run on your new one.