Researching your family history

Should you use research logs or journals?

I’ve been researching my family history for nearly 30 years now, and I’ve never used a research log or journal.  I watched the Legacy Family Tree Webinar New Tools and Ideas in Research, and he suggested that you should keep a research journal.  I also noticed that Geoff Rasmussen talks about his research journal in… Continue reading Should you use research logs or journals?

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Thursdays Tips – FamilySearch

At this stage, I am still focusing on websites that are free to search with records from Victoria, Australia.   I started with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and then looked at websites with newspapers.  The next type of record I use are cemetery records.  The first site I use to find cemetery records… Continue reading Thursdays Tips – FamilySearch

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My research checklist – an update

When I was researching my great grandparents, Joseph Whimpey and Sarah Jane Sharp, I found I needed to update my checklist. Sarah was born in 1853 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.  She came with her parents to Australia in 1863.  Also, one of Joseph and Sarah’s son had been killed in the First World War.  I… Continue reading My research checklist – an update

Researching your family history

The advantages and disadvantages of indexes

Today I was double checking my entry in my Ancestry Public Member Tree for Edward Whimpey, and noticed that I still hadn’t added a source to the burial information I had for him. Before the images of the Somerset parish registers became available on Ancestry, I had been using the indexes on the FreeReg website,… Continue reading The advantages and disadvantages of indexes

Researching your family history

Using multiple sources to confirm information

I was recently researching my great grandmother, Henrietta Louisa Russell’s brother, Edward Fitzgerald Russell.  I had a copy of his death certificate, which showed that he died at 62 Stirling Street Footscray, and the death certificate listed this as his residence. Then I came across an entry in the Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records,… Continue reading Using multiple sources to confirm information

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The limitations of OCR

In working in the Australia Electoral rolls collection on Ancestry, I have come across numerous examples of instances when the OCR has not done a very good job.  Some names come out as gobblygook, while other names are missed completely. The following is a list of the years available on Ancestry for Victoria.  Those marked… Continue reading The limitations of OCR