Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dimboola & Box Hill Cemeteries

Recently photographed Victorian cemeteries include Dimboola and Box Hill. To view a list of the headstones and to obtain photos visit Cemetery Index for Victoria. Cemetery index for Victoria

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Australian Electoral Rolls

Recent updates to include Australian electoral rolls to 1980. Unfortunately this data set doesn't include South Australia.
Happy searching

Kerry Cemeteries

140 Kerry cemeteries in Ireland have records online. Scanned records and 70,000 burial records indexed.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tasmanian Cemeteries

Check out the Gardens Family History website for the latest Tasmanian headstone inscriptions & photos
for Evandale, Hobart & Weldborough

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gravestone Photos

Photos of gravestones from a variety of cemeteries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, and UK.

1871 Canadian census

Search the 1871 Canadian census and view digitised images online

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Weekly Courier Magazine - Tasmania

Visit the State Library of Tasmania's website to see digitised pages of the Weekly Courier.
 Weekly Courier
This publication is full of photos of prominent Tasmanians and even has photos of prize winning livestock. During the war years photos of soldiers who served in the A.I.F. were regularly published.
An index to the photographs of WW1 Servicemen & Women in the Tasmanian Weekly Courier magazines was compiled by Wendy K Knolle in 1995 and is available at many family history libraries.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Headstones from Cemeteries of Tasmania

This Tasmanian cemetery web site has recently added information and images of headstones in the St Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery at Campbell Town. There is also a separate page for memorials at St Michael's RC Church.

Diamond Creek Cemetery

A recent addition to the Cemetery Index for Victoria web site is the Diamond Creek Cemetery. A surname index is available and photos of the memorials can be obtained by email.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Zealand Probate Records

Recent additions to FamilySearch are the digital images to New Zealand probate records 1878-1960.
This is a work in progress and currently over 44,000 images are available.
Visit the FamilySearch website for further details or to view images.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Sandhurst Collection Registers

The registers record nearly all the officer cadets who passed through the Royal Military Academy Woolwich and the Royal Military College Sandhurst between 1790-1946 with gaps. The staff registers 1802 -1939 also include details of professors, military staff and servants. Search the index free. Fees apply to purchase a copy of an image.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Leighton Gun Batteries

An interesting web sites displaying information about the WWII tunnells and gun batteries in Buckland Hill, Western Australia.

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Zealand Army Records

Recent additions to include a collection of New Zealand military records. World War 1 & 2 Nominal Rolls, World War 1 Roll of Honour and Medal Rolls 1860-1919.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

World War One: Australia in France

World War One footage published online to mark Anzac Day

Rare footage held by the Australian War Memorial of the 1916 battle of Pozieres can now be seen online at ASO (Australian screen online). The footage runs for about ten minutes and includes footage from Australian war correspondent Charles Bean and another segment assembled by Sir William Jury.
An estimated 23,000 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded during this battle.
Australianscreen online

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists

Additions to the new FamilySearch website
New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists 1871 - 1915.
The registers include the following details: passengers name, including the names of children travelling, age, occupation, port of destination, date of arrival, ship's name, port of embarkation & date of departure.
Includes images of the registers.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

South African Death Indexes
This website provides access to South African death indexes as well as newspaper classifieds from 2007.
Free to search the index and according to the website a digital copy of a death notice can be ordered for a fee.
I haven't personally used this website, if you have used this site please post some feedback?

Tunnack Catholic Burial Ground

Ria Kotynia has transcribed and photographed headstones in several Tasmanian cemeteries and the latest addition is the St Bridgit's Catholic burial ground at Tunnack. The photos can be viewed at
Ozgenonline Tunnack

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1911 Scottish census

For anyone with Scottish ancestry you'll be pleased to hear the 1911 Scottish census is due for release on Tuesday 5th April 2011. This census is in colour and is larger than previous censuses and spans across two pages. To search the 1911 index and obtain copies of the 1911 census pages visit ScotlandsPeople. You need to purchase credits to view the census pages.
Details provided include;
House: inhabited, uninhabited, number of rooms with one or more window
Name & surname
Number of persons in house
Relationship to Head of Family
Age last birthday & sex
Marriatal status
Married women: duration of marriage, number of children born alive and the number of children still living
Profession or occupation

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Australian Artists

The National Gallery of Australia
The E-Resources gateway has a number of useful links including the Australian Artists Obituaries Index. Details include artist's name, date of death, place of death, date obituary published and name of publication.

Australian Art Obituaries Index

Monday, March 21, 2011

Queensland Immigrants Index

Queensland State Archives have recently added an index to immigrants landed at Brisbane from 1885 to 1917. The records include the name of the ship and date of arrival. The following details may be recorded for each immigrant; name, age, marital status, trade or occupation, read, write, religion, country of origin, date left depot, address of employer or residence. This index contains a large number of Russian Immigrants. archives.qld.registers

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sale Cemetery

Sale Cemetery is located in Gippsland Victoria. An estimated 13,800 people were buried in the cemetery. The burial ground has been in operation since about 1855 and also contains a War Cemetery  and two memorial gardens for ashes placement. You can search the burial database at

New South Wales Directories

The City of Sydney Archives have made the following digital resources available online; 1868, 1888 & 1918 Sands Sydney Directory. Please note some of these files are large and may take a while to download.
Sands Directory

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


If you don't know the name of a newspaper or magazine in another state, county or country have a look at this newspaper locater website. You can search by region or simply by the alphabetical list of countries. You can look at each state or county for the name of each publication. Click on the name of a publication to visit their website. W3newspapers

Hunting Kiwis

We all know how important monumental inscriptions can be when researching our family history. Unfortunately to often the old burial grounds become neglected and vandalised. Hunting Kiwis is a project to photograph and record all headstones in rural Canterbury New Zealand. Six cemeteries have been completed and four more are in the process of being recorded. The website details their progress and has links to other NZ cemeteries including their locations.
Hunting Kiwis

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Belfast Cemeteries

Belfast City Burial Records

You can now lookup burial records online for three cemeteries Belfast City Cemetery from 1869, Dundonald Cemetery from 1905 and Roselawn Cemetery from 1954. The records provide name, age, address, date of death and burial date. The Belfast City Council also maintain a number of historical cemeteries visit their website for further details.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Victorian Newspapers

Trove Digitised Australian Newspapers
Victorian newspapers recently added to Trove include the Traralgon Record, Yea Chronicle & Broadford Courier.
The following Victorian newspapers are being digitised and will be added to Trove this year
Gippsland Times 1861 - 1954
Portland Guardian 1842 - 1953
Camperdown Chronicle 1877 - 1954
The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil 1873 - 1889
Illustrated Australian News 1867 - 1889

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New South Wales Census Records

Recent additions to include the 1891 & 1901 census collectors' books for NSW. Information provided is scant compared to British census records. Names the head of the household and includes address, number of male and female people in the household. The census records are held by the State Record Authority of New South Wales.
1891 census was taken 5 April 1891
1901 census was taken 31 March 1901

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tasmanian Valuation Rolls

The Gardens Family History web site focuses on Tasmanian family history and also includes headstone photos for a number of early cemeteries around Tasmania.
In January the 1875 Hobart & Launceston Valuation Rolls were added to the surname indexes which have been online for a number of years. Recently the Valuation Roll for the District of Fingal was added and provides the following details;

- Street number (if applicable)

- Description of property

- Name or situation of the property

- Name & residence of the occupier of the property

- Name & residence of the proprietor of the property

- Area of the property (acres)

- Rateable value; £

To search the valuation rolls select the section under Tasmania.

Victorian Cemeteries

Two more Victorian cemeteries are now online, Upper Yarra and Eildon Weir. Photos of the headstones can also be obtained

Tasmanian Manuscripts

Manuscript 3251: Van Diemen’s Land 1821-1862
Echoes of Bushranging Days in Van Diemen's Land

Nine bound volumes of official documents relating to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Eight volumes contain statements & Police Magistrate reports for the districts of Launceston and Norfolk Plains (Longford). Also includes a number of miscellaneous depositions and memorials. One volume contains information about Tasmanian Aborigines. The original manuscripts are held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
These manuscripts have been transcribed and can be searched using a keyword.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

WW1 photographic collection found

An article on channel seven's Sunday Night has revealed a collection of 3,000 photographic plates taken during WW1. A local photographer and his wife from the rural village of Vignacourt in France recorded the daily comings and goings of the soldiers that spent time in the area during WW1.

For more details about the photographs and the time period they were taken visit the Australian War Memorial

Perhaps you may be lucky enough to identify a soldier in one of these photos?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Irish Family History

Irish Records: Sources for Family History and Local History by James G. Ryan.

Check out the latest offering in online books.

A comprehensive guide to researching your Irish ancestors. This guide includes the types of records available and details of the records available in each county.
This guide is suitable for anyone beginning Irish research and provides a wealth of information for the more experienced researcher looking for additional records.