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Friday, December 5, 2014

Waving at the Statue of Liberty

Continuing the Series on Getting Started and Immigration to the USA.
IMMIGRATION PART 3
 
Welsh immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, New York
 
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Continuing the Series on Getting Started and Immigration to Australia. IMMIGRATION PART 2
 
Lets look at post-convict immigration.
 
Group of migrants on MV Toscana at Trieste, 1954.
ANMM Collection Gift from Barbara Alysen to National Maritime Museum

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Irish immigrants - a little add on.

Immigration part 1A - a bit more...

If your ancestors came from Ireland and immigrated to Australia, check out the site : Irish Lives Remembered  In this month's magazine they have a great article on the Irish immigration to Australia.

While you are there, sign up for the FREE monthly magazine, I always find it very informative.


Monday, November 10, 2014

They came from far and wide to Australia

Continuing the Getting start series of post, here is Immigration part 1.
 
Immigration records can be some of the most rewarding records there are, just full of interesting information about the family.  In this post I will only be looking at immigration to Australian convicts, late we will look at the other waves of immigration and also give some links at the end for immigration to the USA.
 
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quite a week for genealogy

Well it has been an interesting week with some genealogy finds:
  • As I thought, the shotgun wedding is not correct, looks like I will have to search further for Alice Zealey's parents.
  • I asked some of the people at rootschat to help, but so far no luck.
  • I found that looking on the back of photos is important too - there is one that is of my grandparents house in Auburn, and my father has written on the back "the house dad built for the family".  As he was a talented carpenter, from a long line of builders, I am not surprised.  Interesting that my husbands family lived in Albert Street, Surrey Hills when they first came to Australia, and my grandfather built his house in Albert Street, Auburn.

  •  I was contacted by a distant cousin Sue, who is related to my Great Aunt Clarissa La Farre (love that name), it was such a nice email to receive.  
  • The national archives of Aust sent me an email to say they have not got around to examining my Uncle's prisoner of war records yet.  It's been 30 days now, but they must be busy and have not forgotten me! 
  • I found this great video on youtube, itis a good video about just the problem I am having with Alice Zealey - it might help you sort out some of your issues too!


  • I am just about finished my post continuing the beginners series on immigration, so stay tuned, there are some good links in it.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A shotgun wedding.

Well, you do come across some interesting things when you start digging into the family history!  Here is the story of what must surely have been a shotgun wedding:
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Take a closer look at some of your old photos.

I have been going through an old photo album and finally found some of my mum and dad's wedding photo's.  These photos tell a story much more than you would first think.  It is worth taking a good look at some of your family photos, to see what they can tell you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Where to start looking for census records

Continuing the series of Genealogy for beginners, lets look at census records from outside the UK, USA or Australia

So, what if your family does not come from the UK, USA  or Australia?  Never fear! There may be census records out there.

The first place to look is to the wiki on family search.  Then click on the country you are looking for, if it is not there, chances are there are no census records. (sorry!).  If you can't find anything, go back to the main page and try searching for the country you are after.  At least this way you sill get guidance on what is available.

I have family that came from Ukraine, and there are no census records for this part of the world.  But if your ancestors came from Canada you may have more luck!

The next step, if you find no joy on family search, is to check the national archives of the country you need.  These will usually have a search function, so try searching for "family history" or  "census" and see what you can find out.  you may need translation for this, just right click and then click on <translation with bing>.  Or just go to google and search for census records and the country you need - eg <census records Ukraine>.

Sometimes you just will not find any census records, and you will have to look for other types of records.  Sometimes you may just get lucky, after all, the word census originated in Rome and the Romans were taking census when Jesus was born.  So don't give up, keep searching.

Marble Roman artwork, Census Frieze, 2nd century BC. From the Campo Marzio, Rome






Monday, August 18, 2014

A quick link for a free giveaway.

Family Tree Mag is giving away a great e-book about organising your genealogy.  Easy to download, and packed with good ideas.  Great one, thanks FTM! 

Don't forget, if you want to keep up to date on my blog just submit your email in the top right box.

 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Census in the USA

Continuing the series of Genealogy for beginners, lets look at census records from the USA.

If you have family from the US, then census records are going to be one of your most important starting points, luckily, there is a wealth of information online.  Start with this factfinder from the national archives.

1861 Family Register
Image courtesy of the National Archives.

Monday, August 4, 2014

So, is it the right family?

One of the things that you need to understand when looking at census records is that it is quite easy to find the wrong family.  I found a whole Fisher line that was not mine! 

 
Census taker visits a family living in a caravan, Netherlands 1925


Saturday, August 2, 2014

If your family came from the UK you hit the mother load!

Continuing the series of Genealogy for beginners, lets look at census records from the UK

Census records in the UK are one of the key records you will use when finding ancestors from that part of the world. And oh Lordy were there census records! One thing the English did well was record things, right back to the Kings scrolls held at Harvard University.

http://omeka.cga.harvard.edu/files/original/fd673714dbb81a6b0fd3cb788a391e7d.png

The great thing about the census records is that they proved a lot of information, including:

  • Place or street address where people lived
  • Name of each person living in the abode on the night of the census
  • Relationship to the head of the household
  • Age and sex, arranged by males and females
  • Where people were born
  • Profession, trade or employment 
  • Marital status
  • How long married
So from this information you can often work out the aprox year of birth for all the people listed, and know where they were born, and when people married.  This information often leads you to other records and helps  you follow the family line.  Particularly, as most families lived in the same area in the past.

Here is one of my records of the Farr family



To understand the records, you need to first try to find which area of the UK the family came from, what year you might find information and start looking.

My advice is to read up on the years census you are looking at as it will help you understand what you are reading.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Quick Tip when searching NSW BDM

From facebook posts etc it seems everyone is getting caught up in the new NSW BDM searching.
Here is my tip (as used in the example below:

When you don't know a field, just use the symbol *  (usually located by shft 8)

Happy hunting.

 



Monday, June 30, 2014

Catch that Aussie census taker

Continuing the series of Genealogy for beginners, lets look at census records.

 Census records are some of the best records I have found when researching family history, because most census records give information about the whole family.   But not in Australia.   In this post I will try to send you in the right direction for your Australian census type research.


From 1971 to 1996 the ABS had a policy of destruction of the original census forms and their electronic representations, as well as field records. Prior to that it appears most material had been destroyed because of lack of storage facilities, and a fire.

If you think census takers have a hard time these days, take a look at one about to go on his route, which covered 600-700 square miles, in 1911.  The 1911 census was the first national census in Australia.

The Brisbane Courier 1 April 1911 (per. ABS)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thank you

Many thanks to Maria from Genies Down Under, and Lisa from Genealogy Gems for mentioning this blog, and in particular the blog post A peek into the past and a very touching story in thier wonderful podcasts.  I'm still looking for this long lost family, but am still hopeful of finding them.

If you have not listened to these great genealogy podcasts, just click on the links above and give it a go.  Getting my first I Phone, and listening to Lisa's podcast was how I first got into Genealogy and Blogging.