Researching Abroad: Finding European & British Isles Ancestors

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On 26 August, I attended my first Unlock the Past Roadshow, with Lyn Diepeveen and Liz Kelly at the State Library of Western Australia. Perth was the final destination in this roadshow for the key note speakers, Chris Paton (Scotland) and Dirk Weissleder (Germany) and ran dual streams. This meant our key note speakers were giving talks in parallel so Lyn & I attended the British Isles Stream to hear Chris and Liz Kelly attended the German/European Stream to hear Dirk.

After being welcomed warmly to the seminar by Alan Phillips in the State Library Theatre, attendees for the German/European Stream relocated to the Geographe Room with Dirk. Chris kicked off with his first power talk on Discovering Scottish Land Records.  It was packed full of information as to why land ownership was so different in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK, resources, records and web links.  As much as what I tried my pen simply could not keep up with the very funny Irish born Scottish based professional family historian, author and tutor. Thank goodness for Chris’ online handout to help get your head around the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. He also gave reference to his book, Discover Scottish Land Records” for further information.

Chris did three other talks throughout the day: Scottish research resources before 1800, Discover Irish Land Records and Scottish burgh and trade incorporation records. These talks were also jammed packed full of information and resources so I was bursting by the end of the day to put some of this new knowledge into practice.

WAGS President, Ian Simon also gave a talk on the British resources available at Western Australian Genealogical Society, followed by Leonie Hayes on British Resources at SLWA and Rosemary Kopittke did a presentation on using the MyHeritage website which was very informative. The unexpected surprise/bonus of the day was that I won a subscription to MyHeritage delivered in person by the funny man himself.

Thank you to all the speakers, the State Library of Western Australia, the Western Australian Genealogical Society, Unlock the Past Roadshows and the sponsors for a very wonderful day.

Nicole Edwards

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November 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Useful Websites & Resources for Western Australian Research

Resources for WA Research

 

 

 

WA Births Deaths and Marriageshttp://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/

“Reverse” Western Australia Marriage lookuphttp://www.wamarriage.info/

State Records Office of Western Australia – http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/

State Library of Western Australiahttp://slwa.wa.gov.au/

Dead Reckoning: how to find your way through the Genealogical Jungle of Western Australia – http://cms.slwa.wa.gov.au/dead_reckoning

The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inchttp://membership.wags.org.au/

The Western Australian Post Office Directories 1893 -1949http://slwa.wa.gov.au/explore-discover/wa-heritage/post-office-directories

WA Police Gazetteshttp://slwa.wa.gov.au/explore-discover/wa-heritage/police-gazettes

Western Australian Newspapershttp://slwa.wa.gov.au/explore-discover/wa-heritage/wa-newspapers/finding-digital-and-print-newspapers

The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829 – 1888 Volumes I – IV http://www.friendsofbattyelibrary.org.au/BD%20WA.htm

Perth Dead Persons’ Society – http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s Cemetery Records – http://www.mcb.wa.gov.au/research

East Perth Cemeterieshttp://www.eastperthcemeteries.com.au/

200 Voices from the Oral History Records Rescue Group Projecthttp://slwa.wa.gov.au/explore-discover/wa-heritage/oral-histories

Convict Records of Western Australia – http://www.friendsofbattyelibrary.org.au/Research%20Publications.htm

Fremantle Prison Convict Databasehttp://fremantleprison.com.au/history-heritage/history/convict-database/

The Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs http://www.carnamah.com.au/biographical-dictionary

Oz Burials Western Australiahttp://www.ozburials.com/CemsWA/waus.htm

Online index of early motor vehicle registrations throughout Western Australiahttp://www.carnamah.com.au/car-registrations

Databases $$$

Fremantle, Western Australia, Passenger Lists, 1897-1963 – http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=5378

Western Australia, Australia, Crew and Passenger Lists, 1852-1930 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1684

Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Rate Books, 1880-1946 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=3178

Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia, School Indexes, 1830-1970 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=5124

Western Australia, Australia, Convict Records, 1846-1930 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60668

Western Australia, Railway Records, 1879-1986 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60669

Western Australia, Australia, Land Leases, Licences, Applications and Selected Images, 1821-1938 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60870

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia Vol. 1 –  http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=30322

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Vol. 2 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=30323

Western Australia, Public Service Lists, 1871-1905 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60798

April 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Early Meeting Memories

Joan and Jess

Founding Members Joan Downes and Jessie Lowrie

 

“Our Society met at several venues during the early years, the problem was the cost of a hiring a room to hold meetings was beyond our means to pay.

A few times we met in a member’s own home but this we felt was an imposition on the member’s family. Then for several years we were allowed the free use of a room in the Regional Health Centre in Shenton Street which was very nice. However it was always seemed eerie to be in such a huge building at night. After the cleaners left, there were often only 5 or 6 people in the building and at times we did have some odd people who definitely had no interest in genealogy, wander in through the open front doors. On our departure we had to lock the building.

One meeting night, Jess was away, my husband left me at the centre with bags of books, charts etc …..plus food for supper. No other members came  and I was most uneasy but  very glad to be able to use the payphone to call my husband to rescue me. On another evening when Jess Lowrie was away on holiday and Bob (my husband) was in Perth, I pushed my shopping trolley full of books from Carson Terrace around to Shenton Street….Jeff and Dot Ding took me home that time.

The society only had 7 or 8 books available for research at the beginning but there were not many genealogy books available. Jess and I gradually purchased book ourselves and took them to meetings to share with other researchers until we could raise enough money to buy books for the society’s library.

The Society encouraged members to send their family records to be included in the first editions of the Dictionary of Western Australians which appeared in 1979 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of this state. In those early years there were absolutely no Registrar’s General Indexes available. We had to write away for all information and we really watched our letter boxes closely for replies from far off record offices.Research was slow and difficult but very rewarding as we patiently followed up each small clue to uncover our family ancestor’s records in Australia and overseas.”

Written by Joan Downes (1925 -2007) Member No 5 ( originally published in the Midwest Ancestry Magazine Volume 58, March 1988)

 

 

 

April 6, 2017 at 11:59 am 1 comment

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