Australian Genealogy Resources

It is proposed to offer only two major, comprehensive Sites as starting points for those not too familiar with the Australian genealogical scene. These are -

The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc

Cyndi's list for Australia & New Zealand

Both these Sites are very carefully structured to make navigation around them as easy as possible. The WAGS Site in particular uses the well recognised system from the LDS Library, and from GENUKI, in which information is grouped and displayed in the same format, whether at Country, State, or local Area level. One gets to "feel" where the information will be displayed after a quick look around.

A Cautionary word about the Local Scene

It is very likely that those of our members who might make use of these sites will be from the UK or the USA, who will be well seasoned in their local practises. They may find the Australian scene rather different. UK folk for instance, expect their National Archives at the PRO to go right back to Magna Carta! The National Archives in Canberra, on the other hand, only started gathering Government Archives and data from 1901, when the Federation was formed. Even today, the whole BD&M exercise is focussed on the States and Territories, each still being a Sovereign entity. When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1833 the States had evolved from the initial NSW, to include WA, SA, and VDL (Tassie).When she died in 1901, QLD, and VIC had been added, the Territories, ACT, and NT came later! Today the States each issue BD&M data in fiches, on CD ROMs, and in varying forms on the WWW.

Some examples of Resources in a some of the States

Queensland - Dept of Justice - BD&Ms

The Archives Authority of NSW

The State Library of NSW

The Registry of BD&Ms for NSW

The Public Record Office of Victoria

The La Trobe State Library of Victoria

These examples will serve to illustrate that these focal resource points are replicated in each State,along with other lower level resources like Hospitals, schools, railways etc.

Do remember that we have a number of very experienced researchers in amongst our number, who would be only to pleased to offer help, and guidance, when members want to dig deeper !!

One curious Post Script should be mentioned. convict ancestors were meticulously recorded at their every move, whereas free settlers, especially those who paid their own fares out here are nowhere near so well documented!

This page updated 5 June 2003


Maintainer Jim Robertson