Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · Censuses and Voter lists · Military · Parish Registers · Researching your family history · United Kingdom

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

Australia - Victoria · Births, deaths, marriages

Thursday Tips – Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria

This series of blogs highlights resources I use in my family history research, or other tips on researching your family history. Since my ancestors came to Australia between 1840 and 1863, and all ended up in Victoria, my focus to begin with will be on resources here in Victoria. The first resource I am going… Continue reading Thursday Tips – Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria

Australia - Victoria · Births, deaths, marriages

Births Deaths and Marriages Indexes Victoria

My children’s ancestors came to Australia between 1840 and 1863, and all were in Victoria by 1870, so my main research has been in Victoria.  The first historical records I started using back at the end of 1992 were the birth death and marriage indexes, which were on microfiche at my local library (I was… Continue reading Births Deaths and Marriages Indexes Victoria

Ancestry.com.au · Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · My Heritage · New Zealand

My Heritage or Ancestry?

A while ago on the Legacy Users Group on Facebook, someone raised the question; Ancestry or MyHeritage?  If you could only afford one, which should you choose? These are the statistics: From MyHeritage All Collections 6,512 Census & Voter Lists 125 Family Trees 28 Birth, Marriage & Death 1,070 Photos 2 Military 679 Immigration & Travel… Continue reading My Heritage or Ancestry?

Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · Books · Cemeteries · Newspapers

Australian State Libraries

In my post Blogging from A to Z Challenge – A is for Avoca, I featured two transcriptions from the Maryborough Advertiser from 1937.  Although Trove is a great resource for finding information about our families, there are still many newspapers that haven’t been added yet.  For example, only the years 1914 to 1918 have been… Continue reading Australian State Libraries

Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · Free resources

Free BDM indexes in Australia

One of the new collections at FindMyPast this week is the Western Australian Birth Death and Marriage Indexes. I prefer to use the Western Australian Online Indexes.  Firstly, these indexes are free, you don’t need to have a subscription to FindMyPast (or Ancestry) in order to access the indexes.  Secondly, by using these indexes, if you find… Continue reading Free BDM indexes in Australia

Australia - Victoria · Births, deaths, marriages · Free resources

Victoria birth death marriage index now free

For the last few days, I had been trying to access the Historical Index for Victoria, and coming up with Then today I was reading the GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 13 November 2015 post, and found the following: http://geelonganddistrict.com/2015/11/11/3-cheers-for-vic-bdms/ Victoria has now made the Historical BDM index free to search.  Access to this free… Continue reading Victoria birth death marriage index now free

Births, deaths, marriages · United States

Wednesday’s Resources – U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Each week, I focus on either a new (or updated) record collection at ancestry.com.au, FamilySearch orFindmypast, or one of the other resources that I have used when researching my family history.  This week, since this collection had been mentioned on a number of different blogs, I decided on the new ancestry.com.au - U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.… Continue reading Wednesday’s Resources – U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Births, deaths, marriages · FamilySearch · Illinois · United States

Wednesdays resources – Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934

Each week, I focus on either a new (or updated) record collection at ancestry.com.au, FamilySearch orFindmypast, or one of the other resources that I have used when researching my family history.  This week I decided on a collection (I’m not sure if it was a new or updated collection) at FamilySearch - Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 My husband’s 2x… Continue reading Wednesdays resources – Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934

Australia - Victoria · Births, deaths, marriages · Cemeteries · Newspapers

Wednesdays resources – combining resources

Over the past few weeks, I have looked at three types of records that can be used to find birth, death and marriage information for an ancestor/relative in Victoria, Australia.  This week, I will be giving a practical example of how the three records can be used together, to save on the cost of ordering… Continue reading Wednesdays resources – combining resources