Monday, November 30, 2015

Victorian birth, death & marriage indexes FREE

Great news the Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes have been revamped and are now online FREE. If you have trouble finding an entry use the wildcard * character to search for variant name spellings or misspelt names.Victoria births deaths marriages

Friday, April 25, 2014

Catholic Nuns in Australia 1838-1918

Index and biographies of Catholic Nuns and Sister in Australia.
The index includes over 14,000 entries and includes the names of women who arrived in Australia as nuns or became nuns in Australia prior to 1918.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Birth, Marriage & Death Records of Tasmania

Tasmanian records of births, marriages and deaths are freely available online at FamilySearch.
This collection includes records for the period 1803-1899. Titled Australia Tasmania Civil Registration and includes records of early baptisms, marriages and burials which pre date civil registration which commenced in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) December 1838.
If you have already found the reference to an event using the Tasmanian Pioneer Index this will make locating the records much easier. First locate the relevant registration district and use the registration number and date to locate the record. The images for Hobart can be viewed separately to the country and Launceston districts. The records are broken into sections births, deaths and marriages. This recent release of Australian records is the single largest important set of records since Trove digitised Australian newspapers.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

William James THOMAS

William James THOMAS was born Ballarat East and married1890 in Victoria to Clara Ann FRANKLIN. The couple's children were born in Ballarat and later Brunswick. I would like to make contact with descendants. 
Children Percival Franklin, Clarence, Leslie Franklin, Ruby Franklin, Howard Franklin, Clara Franklin & Violet. Associated surnames include Trevethen, Harrison, Wright and Cook.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tips for Searching the Web

There are a variety of search engines out there and I tend to use Google.
If you are getting to many hits when you are trying to search for your surname try these simple search tips.
Search by putting the name "Joe Bailey" in quotation marks.
Use quotation marks to keep a string of words together when performing a search.
Add the word AND in capitals and the words family history OR a place name
"joe Bailey" AND family history
See how many results you get.
Try your surname combined with a place name
"joe bailey" AND somerset

Remember if an index or database is sorted by surname first you won't find the entry using the forename first when searching. Try reversing the order by putting the surname first folllowed by the forename when searching. "Bailey Joe". Other useful tips can be found at  Search Tips & Tricks

Last Resting Place

A friend sent me this interesting website called Final Resting Place. This is the website of David Hamilton a semi-retired serviceman who is a keen genealogist and local historian from Durham. The database includes details of 18th and 19th century headstones and memorials in and around Durham.
For anyone with an interest in Durham visit Last Resting Place

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sandgate Cemetery, NSW

Sandgate Cemetery services the Newcastle area and opened in 1881. The new website is
Sandgate Cemetery You can search our virtual records for details of burials and grave locations. Click on the surname to view a map of the grave location.