Unlock the Past logoIn between organising and attending numerous events, locally and overseas, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books, which now brings the total of guide books close to 50. As many of them are written “by” Australians, “for” Australians, these fill a need that was lacking in the Australian genealogy world.

The two new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

UTP0361-2 Guide to Baptist Historical Resources in AustraliaGuide to Baptist Historical Resources in Australia
Author: David Parker
paperback, 68 pages
ISBN: 9781921956232
Year: 2014
Item Code: UTP0361
Printed Book: $19.00 buy now
Ebook: $9.95 buy now

Apart from the usual bdm records, as well as directory or electoral roll listings, researchers of Australian ancestors should consider using church records, and not just for baptisms, marriages or burials. If you had ancestors who attended a particular church there’s a good chance they’ll be mentioned in church bulletins somewhere along the line. This particular book describes the records specific to the Baptist denomination in Australia, together with where they are, and how to access them.

There are detailed state-based lists of the various locations where historical records are to be found, and the type of record and conditions of access that apply. A particular feature is information about books on Baptist history in Australia and the Baptist denomination. Click here for the full description.


UTP0441-2 Migration to New ZealandMigration to New Zealand: A Guide for Family History Researchers
Author: Christine Clement
paperback, 64 pages
ISBN: 9781921956355
Year: 2014
Item Code: UTP0441
Printed Book: $16.00 buy now
Ebook: $7.95 buy now

Author, Christine Clement has often been asked how to find when an ancestor came to New Zealand. This set her off on an exploratory path a number of years ago putting together the different schemes, periods and times to find out just who the people were coming at the different time periods and why.

This booklet is designed to make readers think beyond the square to see what else was happening in the world that may have led people to New Zealand.

Australia and New Zealand’s history is linked as far back at 1788 and trans-Tasman migration began a little later with whalers and sealers, often with convict crew, from Sydney. Click here for the full description.


Stay tuned for more guidebooks from Unlock the Past, as I know there are plenty more in the pipeline.