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|Proformat News ISSN 1833-9514
In this issue:
| 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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