Accessing Australian Sources

When researching Australian ancestors, there are two distinct paths - aboriginal records and the sources for later settlers. For an introduction to aboriginal records, see Australian Aboriginal Genealogy Resources at mc2.vicnet. net.au/home/pmackett/web/index.html. The Australian Family History Compendium (www.cohsoft.com.au/afhc/) offers information on a wider range of record types, as well as information on archives, maps, glossary, and societies.

A transcription of the convicts on Australia's first three fleets and the Irish convicts that came to New South Wales from 1791 to 1834 are located at members.pcug.org.au/~pdownes/.

The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra maintains a database of Australian memorials of Australians in the Boer War (1899-1902) at www. hagsoc.org.au/sagraves/abwmdb/abwm-search.php. The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board of Western Australia has a database of internments in five cemeteries at www.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/GenResearch.html.

An index to the 1841 Census is maintained by the New South Wales Government at

www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/1841_census_10 68.asp. The index only contains the name of the head of household and contains just over 9,000 entries. The Donegal Relief Fund site (freepages.genealogy. rootsweb.com/~donegal/relief.htm) includes a description of the background of the Relief Fund, passenger lists, and subscription lists for those who donated to the Fund. A searchable index of birth, marriage, and death records for New South Wales is available at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/ familyHistory/search.htm.

Ancestry.com.au (www.ancestry.com.au) is a subscription site that contains a variety of record sets, including

1 Electoral Rolls

1 First Fleet, Second Fleet, and Third Fleet Lists 1 Convict Musters, Pardons, and Lists 1 Census of New South Wales, 1828 i Sands Directories (Sydney and New South Wales)

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