RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY
This page was developed for school students interested in studying family history as a research project for their South Australian
Certificate of Education (SACE) but I have now added personal links too.
WATCH 'WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?'
These shows will soon reveal how exciting and interesting unravelling your family history can be,
though it's nowhere near as easy when you don't have a team of experts world-wide helping you.
Go to SBS, and choose an episode.
Digital voice recorder. Small but powerful.
Your mobile phone probably also has a recorder. This allows you to concentrate and not have to take notes. Sound files can go straight online as MP3 files. Make sure
to have the recorder on as soon as the interviewee arrives as useful information is often poured out before you even get started, due to nerves or excitement.
Notebook-keep all details in a notebook. Write down the date and a heading for each entry including phone calls and texts related to the topic, visits to the library etc.
Use only one book at a time as everything is then automatically in sequential order when it comes to reflecting on what you have done. Number and date new books sequentially too.
Scanner-scan original photos and documents into a computer and then you have copies when you need them. Label each picture/document explicitly.
Camera or mobile phone-A photo of an existing picture or record often comes out surprisingly well, if you are unable to copy it.
USB stick-always handy for storing data.
HOW TO GO ABOUT IT-ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
Family History Resources explained in the National Archives of Australia
Directories, almanacs and gazetteers are useful for tracing the addresses and movement
of your ancestors though all the information may not be accurate. Sands and MacDougall Directories for SA are to be found at the State Library of SA and are now online.
State Library family history links
Electoral Rolls wonderful for tracing family if you know where they lived.
SAGS (SA Genealogical Society) Database of births, marriages, deaths, newspaperbirth and death notices.
The Advertiser Tributes-current SA death and funeral notices
Savill Index of The Advertiser Funeral Notices
SA Govt Gazettes
Family History SA Databases on shipping, births, deaths and marriages,
land purchases by selection and more, by Maureen and Barry Leadbeater who sadly no longer seem to be managing this website due to age or ill health.
This is an archive and slow to load but works well then (hopefully).
SA State Archives for information on gaols and prisoners,
including sailors who jumped ship, and also including GGG Grandfather Peter Starr, who killed his workman in a drunken fight in 1861.
Bound for South Australia passenger lists.
SA Genealogy on Facebook with Michelle Scragg.
Ryerson Index of death notices in Australian newspapers
Almanacs at the State Library
NAA the National Australian Archives records (Immigration, military and more)
Australian War Memorial for those serving in various wars.
RSL virtual war memorial.
Births, Deaths, Marriages NSW
Australian Death Index on Ancestry
State Records of SA photos on Flickr.
TROVE at the National Library of
Australia (NLA). Search for family stories in those newspapers which have been digitised.
Papers Past fabulous New Zealand digitised newspaper and more database
SAILIS land records in SA. Image search > Historical Name Search >First character of name, Year and type of
search. Go to select and find the right page. Then go to image search with the volume and folio numbers (last ones in reference). It's amazing.
MAPCO Maps of Australia and other places;
David Rumsey Map Collection.
Tasmanian names index from Libraries Tasmania.
Family Tree Oz historical records available including some motor registrations
Military records, US and elsewhere.
State Library old colonists records.
Australasian Legal Information Institute: Type in a name and come up with a surprising number of cases!
Births, deaths and marriages: State Library resources
Hatched, Matched, Dispatched notices
Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, SA.
Obituaries AustraliaYou can upload the obituary of a relative if it has been published in a newspaper.
Dusty Docs Links to parish records in Britain
Family Search: new
records added recently.
GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE-THINGS TO DO
Go to the State Library in
North Terrace, Adelaide and explore their text collection and online resources, some of which are only available in the library.
You can get one hour of individual help with your family history research if you book in advance.
You can check newspapers on microfilm for stories about the family and for family notices. Recent newspapers have not yet been digitised.
Explore directories like Sands and MacDougall, gazetteers and electoral rolls for addresses, occupations and dates.
The State Archives have now been moved back to Gepps Cross. Check their catalogues online and order material.
Visit the Genealogical Society at 201 Unley Road, Unley, to search their excellent collection. You will have to pay a fee
if you are not a member.
READ FAMILY HISTORY TEXTS
A family history text, if it exists, may be found at the genealogical society or state library or some family members may own a copy.
If you know the name of a book, you may be able to track it down via the internet. Local history texts about a district where your family
lived might also contain information about them.
Here are some I consulted for my paternal family history.
Among the Pioneers compiled by G.M.Patterson
Bridging the Years, History of the Warrow-Coulta School 1880-1966 by Patricia M. Virgin pub. 1986
Calca 1885-1991 compiled by Lisa Baker
Chandada Run by Jim Cronin pub. 1986
Cungena Country compiled and edited by Agnes Dickson pub. 1983
Echoes from the Past, Wudinna and Surrounding Schools, 1919-1979 by Erna Franklin et al
The Family Case compiled by Maurice Keain and Tom Case
The Fitzgeralds, Irish Pioneers of South Australia by the Fitzgerald book committee under Matt Fitzgerald, Oct, 1986
From Stumps to Stubble by Roslyn M. Paterson and Eyvonne L. Price, published by the District Council of Bute, 1984
Getting By by Evelyn Nelson pub. 2000
A History of St Canute's, Streaky Bay by Ellen Bascombe, Streaky Bay, pub Sept. 2012. Available from author.
The House of Starrs, Case, Cunningham by A. Murray
The McPharlin Family McPharlin Family Committee
Plain of Contrast, A History of Willowie, Amyton, Booleroo Whim edited by L. Blieschke, 1975
Pursuit Through the Years and The Pursuit Ended by Mollie Puckridge
The Steaky Bay edited by Neil and Val Thompson pub. 1988
Through the Eyes of a Child by Mary (Molly) H. Smart pub. 1982
Two Wells Then and Now, A History of the Hundred of Port Gawler by Bet Williams, pub. 1991,
A Wee Deoch and Doris The House of McEvoy, by Robert J. Munro compiled 2003 revised 2011, updated as information received.
Where's Piednippie? A history of the district to commemorate the 50th Jubilee of the Piednippie hall. Compiled by Fred Gerschwitz, 1983.
The Zilms at Nain and Beyond by the Zilm Family History Committee pub. 1982
Remember, we all have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 GG grandparents, 32 GGG grandparents....
Just because some don't have the same surname doesn't mean they are any less your ancestors.
Page created 16-1-2011; Updated, 23-4-2022. Picture: Jonathan and Christopher McEvoy eating twopenny ha'penny icecreams, c. 1950.
The story goes that one morning, very early, Chris and Jonny knocked on his door and woke up the nearby shopkeeper to buy 2 icecreams.
The shopkeeper is reputed to have said, "Bugger the tu'penny ha'penny icecreams!"
News article about my maternal grandfather from The NZ 'Evening Star' newspaper of 13-3-1902, found in New Zealand's Papers Past.