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Genealogy Search Leads Australian Woman to Vallejo, California

The following excerpt is from an article written by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen and posted in the July 25, 2014 edition of timesheraldonline.com: Genealogy work often requires much deep and time-consuming sleuthing, but often pays satisfying dividends for those interested in their family history and connections. Such was the case with Margery Morrison of Australia, whose climb […]

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Historic Prisoner Record Book Surfaces and is Given to the Tasmanian Archives

The following teaser is from the Feb. 28, 2014 edition of abc.net.au: An historic prisoner record missing for decades is in the hands of Tasmania’s Archives and Heritage Office. Inside the weathered exterior of the leather-bound book are 525 previously untold stories. The book is a detailed record of prisoners who passed through the Hobart […]

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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, […]

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Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1870 Database Posted

A while back, findmypast published two important convict record sets containing over 500,000 convicts and early settlers. Following is information from MyHeritage about the posting: The Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1870 database contains original handwritten records and transcripts relating to some 123,000 convicts. It includes information on convicts’ transportation, listing their ship and year of arrival, […]

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Queensland’s Births, Deaths & Marriages Registry Goes Online

Queensland, Australia’s Births, Deaths & Marriages registry is now going online, allowing genealogists to download and view files dating back to the late 1800s. Index searches are FREE. It is planned that by the middle of 2015, all six million records should be posted. There are privacy restrictions for the newer records, but millions of […]

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FamilySearch Adds to Collections from Australia, England, Italy, Philippines, Spain, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch 04/23/2013: FamilySearch has added more than half a million images this week from Australia, England, Italy, Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 92,436 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852-1991, collection, and the 73,580 images from the new Australia, Tasmania, Civil […]

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Death on the Northern Territory of Australia Frontier

Bob Gosford of crikey.com.au wrote an interesting article about death on the Northern Territory frontier this last week. Check it out.

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FamilySearch Adds Data to Collections from Australia, China, England, Italy, and the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added 1.7 million indexed records and images this week with new browsable image collections from Austria, Paraguay, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 13,110 images from the new Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960, collection and the 105,745 indexed records and images from the […]

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National Library of Australia Digitizing Newspapers

The National Library of Australia has posted a list of newspapers that will be digitized and made available during the year. According to their website, “Multiple titles may be processed and made available at any given time. Dates of when specific issues will be available unfortunately cannot be provided.” I counted about 170 titles in […]

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FamilySearch Adds 8.5 Million Records From Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States

The following news release is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch added 8.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Included are 2,897,940 additional index records and images for the new New York State Census of 1855 collection, the 1,070,807 index records and images from the Texas Birth Certificates collection from 1903-1935, and […]

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FamilySearch Adds Collection Updates to Australia, BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain, & the U.S.A.

The following News Release is from FamilySearch.org dated January 15, 2013: FamilySearch added an additional 7 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,747,863 indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910, the 1,308,956 indexed records from the United States […]

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New Records Added at FamilySearch for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, & the U.S.A.

FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records for the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S., California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, […]

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1000 Archivists Gather in Brisbane, Australia for a Digital Congress

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the August 21, 2012 edition of psnews.com.au: More than 1,000 archivists from 90 countries have come to Brisbane this week to try and solve the challenges of the digital age. Hosted by the National Archives of Australia, the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress is being […]

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Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages to Australia

America was not the only land to be heavily colonized by England. Australia is another country of predominately English colonization. One big difference between the two countries, however, is the number of colonist who chose to emigrate compared with those who were forced to leave their home country. Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages […]

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Finding Australian Wills and Probate Records

My friend, Kimberly Powell, has posted a very good article on locating Australian Wills and Estate Records. The following is a teasor from her article posted at about.com: Wills and probate records can often be a gold mine when researching Australian ancestors. Wills generally list surviving heirs by name, providing confirmation of family relationships. Probate […]

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