Family Tree Research 101

We all had a beginning and it never, did start with Australia. We cannot lay claim to that. Some are born to Australia, Some born of convict blood. Some are born of immigrant blood. So wherever your origins may lay, stand tall and be proud........

Extra sources of information to help you with your research

Wills and Probate. Newspapers. Death, funeral and obituary notices. Published Local histories, Occupational records, Directories, Electoral rolls, Maps and Family histories.

Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG)

Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG)

Genealogy Online

BDM Records

BDM = Birth Death Marriage. Certificates.

Cemeteries Records Online


About 160,000 convicts were transported to the Australian colonies between 1788 and 1868. NSW, Tasmnia and Western Australia were the main penal settlements.

A good book from NSW State records, "Guide to New South Wales State Archives relating to convicts and convict administration"

Shipping Records

Newspapers OnLine

Tracing Overseas Families

England and Wales - 1st July 1827
Scotland - 1 January 1855
Ireland - 1 January 1864
Ireland, Protestant Marriages 1845
Northern Ireland - 1 January 1922

Transcription Agents

Genealogy FaceBook groups

DNA resources


Universal file format for family research - GEDCOM which is short for GEnealogical Data COMmunication

GEDCOM is a specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software

More info about the GEDCOM file format

Orphans and Child Welfare Agencies in Australia

The National Archives of Australia

Guide to child and youth migration schemes

General Information

Professional Memberships




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  • Millard (English) heritage
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  • Rose heritage

Maternal Side - Mostly Irish

  • Healey (Irish) heritage
  • Stevens heritage
  • Byrnes (Irish) heritage
  • Thompson heritage
  • Boland (Irish) heritage
  • Radich (Croatian) heritage

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