"I saw behind me those who had
gone, and before me, those who are to come. I looked back and saw my
father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front, to see my
son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my
Llewellyn's "How Green Was My Valley"
If you like jigsaw puzzles,
detective novels, Cluedo and the Thrill of a chase, you'll love
GENEALOGY @Janet Reakes Historian 1986
Tracing one's ancestors can be a
thrilling and rewarding experience - but it can also be frustrating and
expensive. GENEALOGY helps you gain an appreciation of your ancestors as
you delve into your Family Tree.
And, importantly, remember that you
can't change what has already happened!
GOLDEN RULES OF GENEALOGY
ALWAYS work backwards from the
known (yourself) to the unknown (your forebears)
NEVER believe everything on a
Birth, Death Marriage certificate
NEVER completely trust the
spelling of surnames, place names etc
ALWAYS check surname variants
ALWAYS have at least two separate
sources of proof for each event
REMEMBER that everything is only
speculation until verified
ALWAYS photocopy or scan
certificates and important documents and leave the originals in a
IF a document exists, read it!!
JOIN at least one Family History
Group, Genealogy Society or Historical Society
SHARE your information and
documentation (copies only) with other researchers
Source: Australian Family Tree
Connections Magazine December 2011
USEFUL WEB SITES
Fellowship of First Fleeters.-.www.fellowshipfirstfleeters.org.au
Established in 1968- For Descendants of those who arrived in Sydney Cove
with the First Fleet on 26th January 1788
Publish the bi-monthly 'Founders' Magazine
The Proceedings at Old Bailey 1674-1913.-.www.oldbaileyonline.org
Records of the trials of non-elite people, containing the records of
197745 criminal trails held at London's Central Criminal Court.
FFF South Coast Chapter.-.www.fffsouthcoast.50g.com
of the FFF-Established in 2002- For those First Fleet descendants living
in the area between Engadine and Birrill Lake
Publish the bi-monthly 'Colony' Newsletter
NSW Registry of Births Deaths &Marriage.-.www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/
Records since 1788 of Births (up to 1918), Deaths (up to1988) and
Marriages (up to 1968).
The State Archives-
State Records NSW .-.www.records.nsw.gov.au
The repository of the official archives of the State of NSW
Publish a monthly electronic newsletter advising updates etc
State Library/Mitchell Library/Dixon Collection.-.www.sl.nsw.gov.au
The State Library of NSW, including the Mitchell Library and the Dixon
Collection, is the unique major research and reference library in NSW
A Wiki site for Australian Convict Researchers
Australian Royalty (Convict Ancestors).-.www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/
Coined from a comment by Actor Jack Thompson on "Who Do You Think You
Are" that these days, unlike in the past, having a Convict ancestor
gives you the status of Australian Royalty- Over 52000 individual
records on the data base as at November 2011
National Archives of Australia.-.www.naa.gov.au
Described on their web site as the memory of our nation- collecting and
preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and
National Library of Australia.-.www.nla.gov.au
'We cannot understand the present or plan for the future without the
knowledge of the past'
- Prime Minister Harold Holt, Stone Ceremony March 1966.
Established by the National Library of Australia - The digitised 13,199
newspapers of Australia from the 1800's onwards
Find and get over
Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers,
maps, music, archives and more
Society of Australian Genealogists.-.www.sag.org.au
Established in 1937- Helping people trace family history for over 75
Publish a monthly electronic newsletter advising upcoming events and
courses. Also have started giving podcasts on history.
Publish the quarterly 'Descent' magazine
The 1788-1820 Pioneer Association Inc.-.www.the1788-1820pioneerassociation.org.au
Established in 1968- for those descendants of the early pioneers up to
1820 and to encourage the preservation of our heritage
now managed by theBiographical
Database of Australia (BDA)
Descendants of Convicts Inc.-.www.vicnet.net.au
Established in 1981-for those who can claim a convict forebear,
transported to the Australian Colony between 1788 and 1868.
Publish the bi-monthly 'The Mail' newsletter
Friends of the 1st Government House Site (Inc).-.www.ffghs.org.au
Established in 1983-To promote awareness and research into the 1st
Government House Site 1788-1845
Publish the quarterly 'The Site Gazette' newsletter
Australian Cemeteries Index.-.www.austcemindex.com
Transcriptions & photos of many Cemeteries mainly in NSW but expanding
to rest of Australia
The Ryerson Index.-.www.ryersonindex.org
to death and funeral notices, and other death-type information,
published in Australian newspapers from 1803 to the present-Some
341 Newspapers and
(as at August 2018)
Irish Famine Memorial.-.www.irishfaminememorial.org
The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1848) located at
Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie St Sydney.
The web site also contains some of the records of the 4400 Irish Orphan
Girls who were shipped to Australia during 1848-1850.
Australian ANZACS on the Great War 1914-1918.-.www.aif.adfa.edu.au
Established in 2003-A database of the 330,000 men and women who served
overseas in the First Australian Imperial Force- hosted by UNSW@ADFA.
Australian War Memorial.-.www.awm.gov.au
A Museum commemorating the sacrifice of Australians who died in War
Publishes a regular Electronic newsletter + the 'Wartime' magazine
Roll of Honour- Australian War Memorial.-.www.awm.gov.au/research/people.roll_of_honour/
Records of Australia's war dead
WW2 Nominal Roll.-.www.ww2roll.gov.au
Service record details of individuals who served in Australia's defence
forces and the Australian Merchant Navy during World War 2
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.-.www.cwgc.org
Commemorates the 1,7000,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who
died in the two world wars.
The War Graves Photographic Project.-.www.twgpp.org
A project set up by the UK Ministry of Defence to photograph every war
grave, individual memorial and family memorial of serving personnel from
WW1 to the present day. Due to popularity it has now been extended to
all nationalities and military conflicts.
Family and Friends of the 1stAIF.-.www.fffaif.org.au
Established in 1998-Dedicated to Digger History and Keeping The Memory
Alive! Of the First AIF Diggers who served in the Great War (1914-1918)
Publish quarterly 'Digger' magazine
The AIF Project .-.www.aif.adfa.edu.au
The AIF database is drawn from a range of official sources, including
personal files on the National Archives website, and Embarkation and
Nominal Rolls on the Australian War Memorial website.
These are just a small sample of the many WEB SITES and History
Publications available to assist with your research, but always apply
GOLDEN RULES OF GENEALOGY Nos 5 & 6 when searching and using
information available on the Internet.
Fellowship of First Fleeters