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Pudsey Jane
13-01-2007, 1:32 PM
Hi All!
I'm a newby to researching Australian ancestors. I have a tree with family in Australia with the first member arriving December 1823 as an overseer. I would like to confirm all of this research for myself though.

So far I have checked through the NSW BMD and someone kindly did a lookup on the Queensland BMD Index for me.

I wondered what were other good sources to check?? Particularly those I would be able to access from the UK. I'm used to using Census records for my UK relatives so I'm a bit puzzled with the most of census/musters records not surviving! I have managed to find some entries in the Archives (including a detailed courtmarshal) which have been useful.

Any advice would be much appreciate.
Many thanks,
PJ

HiFly
13-01-2007, 5:27 PM
Have you looked here yet??

Plenty of possible resources to have a stab at.

http://www.cyndislist.com/austnz.htm

Good Luck - HiFly

ChristineR
14-01-2007, 2:27 AM
You will find that the BDM certificates for the eastern states of Australia have much more information on them than the UK ones, which more than makes up for the lack of census.

http://www.jaunay.com/bdm.html

visit this site and it will tell you what information that you can expect on what type of certificate and the starting sate of civil registration in each state.

NSW have transcripts agents that one can use to get the information from certificates much cheaper. Queensland does not have an online facility (apart from downloading an order form). Victoria has a pay per view search facility and one can download images of the certificates.

Christine.

Mary Jones
02-09-2007, 5:57 AM
Hi Jane,

The Tasmanian government has an archives site:-

http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/

This site has convicts, assisted and unassisted migration and links to quite a few other sites.

Mary

GeoffD
02-09-2007, 9:20 AM
Queensland does not have an online facility (apart from downloading an order form).

Erm ... I beg to differ. Queensland has a very good BDM site covering 1829 to 1914, with plans to move forward into the 1920s.
http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/bdm/IndexSearch.htm will have you finding all sorts of people in no time flat. I know, I did. :)

And we've even discussed in in here. http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19893

Assisted immigration 1848 to 1884 can be found at http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/index/immigration.asp#immigrationindexes

1884 to 1912 assisted immigration http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/index/imm1884_1912.asp#immigrationindexes

A search at the National Archives can sometimes turn up useful information http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch.aspx

(For Queensland researchers, there is a valiant effort afoot to get a state-based Genealogy Forum going.
http://ausqld.bluefido.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl
Your support would be much appreciated - and yes, I am the same 'geoffd'.)

marianne Faull
02-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Hi PJ,
BDM's in NSW pre 1856 are available to view on microfilm at certain centres & libraries In New South Wales. If you find a reference beginning with "V' this is one I can get you a transcript of if you wish, just send me a PM
Cheers
Marianne

GeoffD
02-09-2007, 11:34 PM
Ah, yes, there is that. Didn't notice the date (my eyes aren't what they used to be). Sorry Christine.

I've found most of my people in QLD, TAS, VIC and NSW. It's the Fermanagh and Wiltshire ends of things that are giving me trouble. :o

ChristineR
03-09-2007, 1:42 AM
Ah, yes, there is that. Didn't notice the date (my eyes aren't what they used to be). Sorry Christine.

I've found most of my people in QLD, TAS, VIC and NSW. It's the Fermanagh and Wiltshire ends of things that are giving me trouble. :o


forgiven Geoff :D
it wasn't even hinted at then!

Christine :)

GeoffD
03-09-2007, 2:14 AM
it wasn't even hinted at then!

Yeah - odd how it suddenly appeared, with no fanfare or notice. One day, it was just there. And didn't I give it a flogging once it was there?! Even found distant rellies who'd upped and moved from Cornwall.

Pudsey Jane
18-10-2007, 3:26 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to it the thread :o! I took a hefty break from the research whilst pregnant.

I'll have a look at all the links that people have kindly posted and see how I get on from there.

Many thanks :)

Pudsey Jane
18-10-2007, 3:49 PM
Erm ... I beg to differ. Queensland has a very good BDM site covering 1829 to 1914, with plans to move forward into the 1920s.
http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/bdm/IndexSearch.htm will have you finding all sorts of people in no time flat. I know, I did. :)

And we've even discussed in in here. http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19893

Assisted immigration 1848 to 1884 can be found at http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/index/immigration.asp#immigrationindexes

1884 to 1912 assisted immigration http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/index/imm1884_1912.asp#immigrationindexes

A search at the National Archives can sometimes turn up useful information http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch.aspx


Many thanks geoff - unfortunately I have exhausted these avenues. As I mentioned in the OP someone very kindly did a lookup on the BMD indices for me before they came online and also I had checked the National Archives and turned up a few bits.

As my ancestor came over as an overseer of convicts in 1823 it also means that my relatives pre-date the above immigration records. I found the date they came over and the boat in other historical records though.

Cassie - My ancestors were originally in NSW and then were part of the Queensland Pioneers I believe. As far as I'm aware the family remained in QLD as my mother was born in Brisbane and my Grandfather still lives there.

I guess I've exhausted many of the resources already bar ordering certificates! I was just hoping for something like the census returns which shows whole family details.

GeoffD
18-10-2007, 8:37 PM
The man from The-Place-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named.au told me the other day that they have recently published some early muster transcriptions.

PS. Hope that you and the bub are doing well.