This blog aims to help anyone who is starting out researching their Australian family history. A list of topics under LABELS and USEFUL LINKS is on the left (click on the three little lines). On our Pinterest you will find lots of resources for your research. I love comments, so feel free to leave some, if you need HELP with your own research just email me.
Genealogy Boomerangs - because what you send out will come back to you.
Recently I gave a talk at a local club, and although I thought most people would know about a site like Trove, they did not. So it prompted me to do this list, I hope it helps.
Remember also, that my pinterest site has links to all sorts of online resources, categorised as much as possible. All you need to do is follow me there. So these are the sites I use the most and find most useful, and all of them are free.
Trove has to be number one. Australia has a long history of including everything in local newspapers, in fact, people used to drop a note into a box at the local shop and that information would be in the next newspaper. But Trove has more, in fact the aim is to have everything that is at local libraries across Australia on Trove. You will find:
The NAA has service records for WW1 and WW2, as well as passenger lists and immigration files. Anything not already digitised they will do for a small fee. This is the first place to look for people in your family who immigrated to Australia.
Information about cemeteries and quality images of inscriptions in each cemetery rather than just transcript lists. The ultimate goal is to photograph and index every headstone in Australia and to index every unmarked burial.
All the state archive sites are useful, but the NSW Archives site is singled out because it has so much of our convict heritage in its records. This is also where you will find NSW Divorce and Probate records.
Track down information about relatives who served in any of the conflicts in which Australia has been involved since the 1860s. The most comprehensive site for military information, including the roll of honour and Australia's war history.