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Proformat News
No: 41
July 2009
July Seminars
22: Identifying and dating 19th century family photographs Tea Tree Gully Library 1:00pm
31: Tracing your English ancestors WEA Centre 6:30pm

August Seminars
1: Practical genealogy for family historians Module 1 Accessing the primary research stream—the family Flinders University 9:15am to 4.00pm
9: Coming to grips with FamilySearch WEA Centre 10:00am
15: Practical genealogy for family historians Module 2 Accessing the secondary research stream—the paper trail Flinders University 9:15am to 4.00pm

See the seminar program for more details.

Newspaper obituaries
South Australian newspaper obituaries 1836–1900 is a database, the latest in a series of SA records and indexes compiled by Graham Jaunay, designed to provide the researcher with an index of newspaper obituaries published in South Australian newspapers. Apart from the name of the deceased, place and date of death with the precise newspaper reference, each entry of a South Australian death also includes the BDM Registry reference. As an added feature all known nineteenth century South Australian newspapers are listed on the CD.
While over 5500 obituaries are listed, not all newspapers or even all issues in any series of newspaper have been covered. Not finding an obituary in this index does not infer that one was not published.
The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation. The CD is available from Gould Genealogy.

Office closed
Adelaide Proformat will be closed from 15 Aug to 13 Sep.

ScotlandsPeople new data
ScotlandsPeople now includes 1881 Census images (not found in LDS material which is purely an index) and Old Parish Registers (OPR) Deaths and burials 1538–1857 for Church of Scotland.

In this issue:
July seminars
August seminars
Newspaper obituaries
Office closed
ScotlandsPeople new data

Feature article
Adelaide Proformat – celebrating 15 years of operation


Graham Jaunay
Adelaide Proformat

Glandore SA 5037

Tel: +61 8 8371 4465

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Adelaide Proformat – celebrating 15 years of operation
The business name, Adelaide Proformat was registered on 28 Jun 1994 and the business opened its doors on 1 July 1994 using the name that genealogist, Graham Jaunay trades under. In those early days the business had two arms—the current family history operations and the preparing of curriculum vitae for job seekers. This may seem a strange combination but research at the time suggested that no one could expect to make a living as a full-time professional family historian in Adelaide at the time and so the CV preparation was designed to supplement income. The idea was that as the family history side of the business built up, the CV side would be reduced and this was the case when the CV business was discarded in 1999.

It was clear right from the start that the then new innovation of the Internet was a potential powerful tool for researchers and in late 1994 the business’ web site was established making it the first such organisation in Australasia to utilise the web. The web was seen as a way of creating a high profile and one of the ways of getting high traffic to the site was offering free online surname listings. These started for Australasia in late 1995 and UK counties were gradually added in conjunction with GENUKI from 1997. These sites still operate to this day and remain free. Ironically, although free, support has dropped over the past five years from the peak in 2000 when the site had up to 250,000 hits a month as web users prefer to use pay-to-use sites to post their surname interests. Even so in the last calendar year there were 786,000 unique visits to this site operated by Adelaide Proformat and repeat visits meant over 1.1M hits for the year. Many main street shops would welcome that number of potential customers through their doors. The web site has two other arms, Adelaide Proformat and the Jaunay family history. In addition to the above hits, these two sub-domains attracted hits of 826,974 and 9786 respectively in 2009. This aspect of the business has been strongly supported by Australian Web Page Effects in ensuring a well-presented comprehensive web site.

The other strategy to gain customers was to provide a range of help and data pages at no cost to the visitor. These have proved very popular and the content of some pages have been reproduced in a range of family history publications and this helps to spread the business name too. The most popular South Australian pages on the site in order are, the 1841 census, cemeteries, and newspapers. Each of these pages is complemented by a range of data CDs published by Gould Genealogy and supporting research services offered by Adelaide Proformat. These three sites in particular are continually being updated and improved. For example in May this year the list of SA cemeteries online was expanded to include station cemeteries and all cemeteries are now linked to Google Maps so that visitors can locate them more precisely.

A successful arm of the business has been the presentation of seminars. Adelaide Proformat has had a long association with the WEA since 1997 and Graham Jaunay is an adjunct lecturer for the Flinders University History Department where he presents family history units for the post-graduate Diploma in Applied History and Heritage Studies. The basic course, HIST8003: Practical Genealogy for Family Historians, is available as a stand-alone topic and conducted as a series of workshops. Students do not necessarily need to be a post-graduate or even be seeking a diploma to enrol. Those who successfully complete this topic will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. HIST8004 is an advanced guided studies course which can be taken as a follow up course. This course is designed to suit the student’s interests and a number of students have used the course as a means of progressing their own family research. As well as the above organizations, Adelaide Proformat relies entirely on archives, libraries and family and local history groups to sponsor the seminars. Each year almost 1000 people attend a presentation prepared and delivered by Graham Jaunay.

To support the seminar program a series of booklets have been produced to supplement the more popular sessions. These have been sought by customers outside the seminar program too. A range of data CDs for SA records have also been produced and, like the books, can be purchased from Gould Genealogy. A full list of the publications produced over the past fifteen years is appended. The books sold through Adelaide Proformat have all been printed for by Abbott Printers and Stationers whilst the all the CDs and the smaller booklets are also produced and marketed by Gould Genealogy.

Since late 1994 Adelaide Proformat has been a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA) that was founded in 1977. This organisation aims to offer the services of reliable and competent genealogists and record agents to those wanting professional family history and genealogy services and general record searching. AAGRA members including Adelaide Proformat carry out research in all parts of the world, such as British Isles, but specialise in research within Australasia. All members of AAGRA have to demonstrate a high level of skill in their research and/or record recovery projects and in small business practice. AAGRA members subscribe to a Code of Ethics.

At the same time Adelaide Proformat was established, Graham Jaunay also offered his services as a volunteer within the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc (SAGHS) and has continued in this role to this day, variously serving the Society as President, Councillor, Public Officer, library volunteer and IT committee person. Membership was also gained with the Society of Genealogists (SoG) in 1994 at a time when a potential member required the support of two existing members to gain membership. When the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group was established in 1996 Graham Jaunay was their first guest speaker and he has continued to support this group and seen it grow from a handful of people to a thriving and active group. Graham was designated as an Honorary Member of this society over a number of years.

Booklets supporting presentations Data CDs
An introduction to Family History
Bound for South Australia
Coming to grips with FamilySearch
English pre-civil registration records
Family History on the Web
Finding your way around the English & Welsh Censuses 1841–1901
How to read old handwriting
Identifying and dating 19th century photographs
Pitfalls in family history
Researching the maternal line
Researching South Australian military ancestors
Researching Your English Ancestors
Researching Your Irish Ancestors
Researching Your Scottish Ancestors
Researching Welsh Ancestors
So you want to publish your family history
1841 census South Australia
Lonely graves in South Australia 3rd ed
A parish finder for England
Sources for SA shipping records 1836 to 1842
South Australian 1840 cultivators
South Australian land owners 1835–1841
South Australian newspaper obituaries 1836-1900
South Australian pre-civil registration births
South Australian pre-civil registration deaths
South Australian pre-civil registration marriages
Unregistered deaths in South Australia from July 1842
Books on CD
The Cannell connection; the story of Thomas Rackham Cannell and his family
A toast to the future; the story of George Johnson and his family
A parish finder for England 2nd ed
SA convicts sentenced to transportation 1837–1851

Over the past fifteen years I would like to single out the following businesses for their continued support of the business:
     The Abbott family of Abbott Printers and Stationers
     Peter Stewart of Australian Web Page Effects
     Alan Phillips and his family of Gould Genealogy and Archive Digital Books Australia

To the 2000+ clients—thank you!
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