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Family History Online December 8, 2009

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I’m Interested in My Family History, Where Do I Start?

  • Work backwards from what you know e.g. yourself, your parents, your grandparents etc.
  • Ask other relatives about your family history.
  • Handy Hint: Where possible gather full names, maiden names and dates of events in your initial research.
  • The best way to progress from here is by sourcing birth, death and marriage certificates of your relatives.

 What Can the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Do for You?

Indexes of the Registry’s Family History Records can be searched online at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au. The ease of searching and information available is so useful that genealogist’s (family history researchers) have made the Registry’s website one of the most popular in Australia. The Registry holds over 17 million records of events registered in NSW. These include:

  • Early Church Records from 1788 to 1855
  • Birth, death and marriage registrations from 1856 to the present day.
  • Due to the sensitive and private information in these records there are two types of access levels. Records are either classed as ‘restricted’ (you must apply, and qualify, for access) or ‘unrestricted’ (available to anyone).

 Unrestricted records are referred to as Family History Records (Certificates) and anyone can search and apply for copies. Family History Certificates are available to anyone for:

  • Births between 1788 and 1905
  • Deaths between 1788 and 1973
  • Marriages between 1788 and 1953

 Military Ancestors

If you had an ancestor who was a serviceman in WW11, an important site is www.ww2roll.gov.au which has a database of over one million Australians who served in the Australian army, navy, air force or merchant navy during World War II. Each serviceperson listed will have a full name, date of birth, place of enlistment, next of kin and lots more.

 Irish Census Records are now online – visit www.census.nationalarchives.ie  where you will find details of the  1911 Irish census.

 Advantages of using the Internet for family history research: You can browse library catalogues from the comfort of your home, You can search indexes of names which cover everything from shipping to obituaries, You can contact people anywhere in the world at any time using e-mail and post queries your family history

 The CTC has a family history group that meets Monday afternoons – 1pm to 3pm – come along and share your research and ideas with others!

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