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logoProformat News                  ISSN 1833-9514
No 3
May 2006


Web updates
South Australia and the South African or Boer War
now includes the names of all those who enlisted in South Australia.

Book now for Graham Jaunay's June seminars:

Tracing your Welsh ancestors (Darwin Congress - 1 June)
Researching the maternal line (Darwin Congress – 4 June)

Introduction to family history research (State Library Adelaide – 22 June over three weeks)

Bookings must be made with the organisers.

This site now has the 1851 census available completing the a run of Scottish Censuses from 1851 to 1901. Go to their website for details.

The National Archives, Kew
A new guide to The National Archives holdings, The National Archives - A practical guide for family historians has been released to replace the former guide, Tracing your ancestors in the Public Record Office. Such guides are very useful aids for distant researchers.

2006 Congress
Graham Jaunay will be giving two presentations at the 2006 Congress in Darwin and will welcome participants making themselves known.

congressAustralasian Congress
1–4 June 2006:

In this issue:


• Web updates
• June seminars
• ScotlandsPeople
• The National Archives, Kew

• 2006 Congress

Help to cross the migratory barrier


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Help to cross the migratory barrier

Many researchers when they work back to the first generation of their family in Australia find difficulty in determining the origins of the family in the UK (or Europe). They assume that locating the shipping record will help. More often than not, this record will only determine the country and sometimes the county. For most, our names are too common for this to resolve the issue, especially in the period of pre-Civil Registration when we really need to get down to the parish level.
As a rule of thumb, when dealing with this aspect of research, always look in the receiving country's records and not the departure country.
Put yourself in the ancestor's shoes and consider what dealings you may have with the authorities that would have required you to provide personal details and then search out these records. These may include:
  • institution admission registers (including hospitals)
  • police and courts files (as a villain, victim or witness)
  • property acquisition
  • financial transactions (including taxation, loans or grants)
  • Wills and Admons especially if Estate Papers can be found
  • obituaries (look in church and regional newspapers)
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