Finally - a convict in the family!
My GG Grandmother was Isabella Fisher, and the family has always said we are related to the famous Fishers Ghost. (I very much doubt it!) Recently I found the Fisher who came to Australia - as a convict!
How did I do it? I had recently been listening to a podcast called Genies Downunder and the podcaster was talking about cemeteries, and the information they can provide. Just for a whim I got on to Australian Cemeteries Index and put in some of my family names. There were Isabella's parents Jane and Thomas. From there, I found lots of the family in the Kempsey area, using the Aust. Cemetaries Index and the NSW BDM.
The really cool thing is that there was a photo of most of the graves on this site, and I found theirs. You can imagine how amazing that felt. I knew who Isabella's parents were from her marriage certificate, but this information then allowed me to find Jane & Thomas's parents from their death certificate information.
- I found just using the surname excellent, as the information is in alphabetical order. Then it was easy to find the first name.
- The Date of death is listed
- The Age at death is often listed.
- The Cemetery and which religion area of the cemetery the grave is in is listed.
- Click on the little camera on the right to see a photo of the grave.