Family History Guide No. 1: Family History Book List

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Birth, death and marriage records

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Australia  (covering two or more States or Territories)

  Abstract of all licences for marriage granted to free persons 17 March 1813 - 26 December 1827 [GRK]

This resource covers the Colony and records the number and date of licence; parties' names; where, when and by whom marriage was solemnised.  In many cases name of parent, previous spouse (for women only), occupation and place of residence are also given. [1 microfiche]

Location:' Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Indexed in Information Leaflet No. 39  [1 book] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Card indexes to births, deaths and marriages 1787-1814; 1815-1957 compiled by Thomas Davies Mutch

Believed to cover all extant records relating to NSW from 1787 to 1828 (except Newcastle Register and Methodist Church Records) and selected records to 1957.

Index only. Alphabetical.  [5 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 377 - CY 381}


Registers of Coroners' inquests and Magisterial inquiries 1834 - June 1942 [GRK]

The first 6 volumes record district, Coronor/Magistrate's name, when and where held, date received, name of deceased, finding and date death certificate was required.  The latter 19 volumes also record age, locality of birth and death, and cash or property owned at time of death. 

[16 microfilm reels]   Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Indexes for a number of volumes, not all, are found on some reels.  Alphabetical.

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Reports of inquests 1796 - April 1824, June 1828 [GRK]

Reports of inquests 1796 - April 1824, June 1828 from coroners on inquests held throughout the Colony.  [2 microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Indexed at the front of each volume under name of deceased and witnesses but not Coroners nor members of the Jury. 

Alphabetical. 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Returns of births, deaths and marriages:  N.S.W. 1816-1819; Tasmania 1816-1820 by John Thomas Bigge. 

Transcripts of original records held in the Public Records Office, London. 

Not indexed  [1 microfilm reel] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 721}


New South Wales

Catholics records index by Liz Vincent

An index only to recently located Catholic Parish Registers covering the areas of Appin, Picton, Burragorang, Berrima and surrounds.  Approximately 50% of the early entries are not with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  The original includes 8 registers plus a number of documents such as parents' consents found loose within the pages. Time periods vary but cover events between 1840 & 1943.  Provides name, date of event, spouse.

Alphabetical  [1 book] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3944 Cat}


Index to birth, marriage & deaths from The Clarence & Richmond Examiner 1859-1910(Clarence River Register series Nos. 1-7) compiled by Nola Mackey and June Kepper. 

In addition to The Clarence & Richmond Examiner notices from other newspapers have been included in this index.  Details provided in this index only include name, date and place of the event, and (to lead the researcher to the full notice) a newspaper date and page reference.

[9 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}


Index to birth, marriage, death and funeral notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 18 Apr 1831 to 30 Sep 1853 compiled by Malcolm Sainty & Keith Johnson. 

Details always include name; date of the event; residence; and the date the notice appeared in the paper.  Many records also include other details. Alphabetical.

[3 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 Sai}

Note: The microfilm format of the Sydney Morning Herald indexed in this publication is held in the Family History Collection at Campsie Library.


Index to birth, marriage, death and funeral notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 1853-1859  compiled by Rhonda McKinnon.   An alphabetical index searchable by name with full reference details to where the full birth, death and marriage newspaper notice about your ancestor can be found.  The newspapers on microfilm are in the reel cabinet.

[3 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Note: The microfilm format of the Sydney Morning Herald indexed in this publication is held in the Family History Collection at Campsie Library.


Index to births, deaths and marriages in Sydney newspapers 1830-1840 compiled by Nola M. Mackey.   The names in this index were extracted from the following newspapers:   Australian, Colonist, Sydney Gazette, Sydney Herald, Sydney Monitor, Sydney Times, Sydney Chronicle, and Sydney Standard and Colonial Advocate.

Alphabetical. [6 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Note: Microfilm editions of the newspapers indexed in this publication are held in the Family History Collection at Campsie Library.


Index to "Registers of NSW births, deaths and marriages" 1788-1945

Index

The microfiche edition is alphabetical by name and on the CD-ROM edition all fields are searchable.  The index provides the date and registration number which, if quoted on the application form, will save on the cost of purchasing a full birth, death and marriage certificate. A full certificate is a full transcription of the details collected on the day the event was registered.

The microfiche edition is firstly arranged by decade then alphabetically under father's name (births), name of deceased (deaths), and both bride & groom (marriages). The CD-ROM version of the index also provides the place of registration - particularly useful when researching common surnames.

Obtaining full records

A copy of the full church records for baptisms, burials and marriages collected by church ministers prior to civil registration in 1856 is held in the Family History Collection at Campsie Library. These church records are officially known as the Registers of baptisms, burials and marriages 1787-1856. The full record for births, deaths and marriages registered after 1856 are only held at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and official copies can be purchased through the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or copies of the full text suitable for family history research are available through transcription agents. 

Alphabetical. [microfiche] {NSW INDEXES} and [CD-ROM]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Location: Family History CD-ROM Collection

Note: Prior to the adoption, in 1856, of compulsory civil registration for births, deaths and marriages in NSW, the records collected by church ministers of the time were considered by the Registrar General's Office the official record of the event. These church records of baptisms, burials and marriages are known the Registers of baptisms, burials and marriages 1787-1856 and a copy is held in the Family History Collection at Campsie Library. To read more about these registers please check under Registers of baptisms, burials and marriages 1787-1856 in this section of this booklist. 


Let us break their bonds asunder':  an index to the 'in Divorce' section of the Law Reports and Legal Notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 1919   This index gives the names of both parties (including full given names, aliases and maiden or former names); any other people mentioned in the reports including witnesses, neighbours, guardians, professionals such as accountants called to give evidence in the cases, co-respondents or persons alleged to be guilty of misconduct or adultery; marriage details such as place, year and religion; court result; and newspaper date, page reference and column.

Alphabetical. [2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}


New South Wales Pioneers Index 1788-1918

This index only to birth, death and marriage records held by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages provides name, date, registration number and place of registration:

  • Pioneers Series 1788-1888.  [CD-ROM]
  • Federation Series 1889-1918.  The microfiche edition is arranged in a single alphabetical sequence under child's name, deceased and both bride and groom. [CD-ROM] and [microfiche]
  • Between the Wars 1919-1945. Index to deaths and marriages only. The microfiche edition is arranged in a single alphabetical sequence under name of deceased and bride and groom's name.

  Searchable by all fields. [microfiche] and [CD-ROM]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Location: Family History CD-ROM Collection


NSW returns of births, deaths and marriages, 1819-1820 by John Thomas Bigge.

Transcripts of original records held in the Public Records Office, London.   Not indexed  [1 microfilm reel:  CY 727]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 727}


Registers of baptisms, burials and marriages (BDM) 1787-1856 [GRK]

Also known as Church Records this source comprises the first 122 registers deposited with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages by the clergy.  Provides full records for baptisms, burials and marriages performed by clergy prior to compulsory civil registration in NSW during 1856.  Arranged by registration number. 

[48 microfilm reels]   Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Indexes searchable by all fields :

  • Pioneers Series 1788-1888  [CD-ROM]
  • Federation Series 1889-1918.  The microfiche edition is arranged in a single alphabetical sequence under child's name, deceased and both bride and groom [CD-ROM] and [microfiche] 
  • Between the Wars 1919-1945. Index to deaths and marriages only. The microfiche edition is arranged in a single alphabetical sequence under name of deceased and bride and groom's name [CD-ROM]

Location (microfiche edition): Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Location (CD-ROM edition): Family History CD-ROM Collection


Supreme Court of New South Wales Probate Index 1800-1985

Index to NSW probates and wills.  Provides name, place of death (sometimes overseas) and registration number.   Alphabetical  [174 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}


Northern Territory

Northern Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages Index

Index only providing basic information on births, deaths and marriages in the Northern Territory for the years 1870 to 1902.   Alphabetical  [microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NT INDEXES}


Queensland

Index to Registers of Queensland, Births, Deaths and Marriages

Index providing basic information on Queensland births for the years 1829 to 1914; deaths and marriages for the years 1850 to 1929.   Alphabetical. [microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {QLD INDEXES}


South Australia

Index to the Registers of South Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages

Index providing basic information on South Australian births for the years 1842 to 1922; deaths for the years 1842 to 1970 and marriages for the years 1842 to 1937.

Alphabetical. [microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {SA INDEXES}


Tasmania

Tasmanian Pioneers Index

Index providing basic information about Tasmanian births, deaths and marriages for the years 1803 to 1899.  [CD-ROM] 

  • Index to births 1900-1905 [microfiche]
  • Index to deaths and marriages 1900-1919 [microfiche]

Searchable by all fields. [microfiche] and [CD-ROM]

Location (microfiche edition): Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {TAS INDEXES}

Location (CD-ROM edition): Family History CD-ROM Collection


Victoria

Divorce index, Victoria 1861-1900 by Wendy Baker and Sue McBeth.

Index providing names of both parties and reference number incorporating date/s. 

Alphabetical  [4 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}


Index to Register of Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages

Index to Victorian births for the years 1837 to 1913, deaths for the years 1837 to 1960 and marriages for the years 1837 to 1930.   Alphabetical  [microfiche]   Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}


Victorian Pioneers Index 1837-1888

Computer based index only to Victorian births, deaths and marriages providing name, date, registration number and place of registration.

  • Pioneers Index 1837-1888. [microfiche] and [CD-ROM]
  • Federation Index 1889-1901. [CD-ROM]
  • Edwardian Index 1902-1913. [CD-ROM]
  • Federation Index 1914-1920. [CD-ROM]

Searchable by all fields. [microfiche] and [CD-ROM]

Location: (microfiche edition): Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}

Location: (CD-ROM edition): Family History CD-ROM Collection

Location: Online version is available at http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/family+history/search+your+family+history/index.html Fees apply.


Western Australia

Index to general register of Western Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages

Index providing basic information on births, deaths and marriages in Western Australia for the years 1841 to 1905. 

Alphabetical.  [microfiche] and [CD-ROM]

Location: (microfiche edition): Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {WA INDEXES}

Location: (CD-ROM edition): Family History CD-ROM Collection


Census and Musters

Population surveys (censuses), known as "musters" in the early days, were originally collected to provide a list of persons supplied with food from Government Stores.  Some musters only list convicts, however, free settlers and military personnel are also listed - particularly if assigned convict/s.

Information given in these musters varies considerably and can include any or all of the following:  surname, christian name, ship arrived on, year of arrival, place of trial, date of trial, sentence, whether still in the colony, whether living or deceased.


Census of New South Wales, November 1828

This first full and only surviving census for New South Wales provides name, age, whether free or bond, ship, sentence, religion, occupation/employment/remarks/etc. and residence.  Arranged alphabetically by name.

Alphabetical [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


1828 Census householders' returns [GRK]

Comprises the individual household returns actually collected. Grouped into the census collection districts of 1828. Not indexed by name [4 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet - {GRK MICROFILM}


General muster and land and stock muster of New South Wales 1822

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


General muster of New South Wales 1814

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


General musters of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Dieman's Land 1811

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


Musters and lists New South Wales and Norfolk Island 1800-1802

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 NSW}


New South Wales 1841 Census: abstracts of householders returns

Gives head of household's name and address together with the number of males, females, free and bond at the address. Also states religion and occupation.

Arranged by census collection district by census district.  Not indexed by surname [4 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet


1901 census collectors' books

Provides locality (including street, country, township/village, goldfield, gully or other variation), occasionally house number, householder, and the total number of persons in the household.

Arranged alphabetically by census district. Not indexed by surname. [204 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {AUS INDEX}


Settlers' muster book 1800

Lists of convicts working for officers.

Not indexed by surname.  [1 microfilm reel:  CY 204]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 204}


Children

Applications for admission into the Orphan Schools 1825-1833 [GRK]

Provides petitions of parents (usually widows or widowers) or guardians begging their child or children be admitted to the Orphan School.  Each petition is accompanied by baptism certificate and recommendation by a clergyman and magistrate. 

[1 microfilm reel] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Applications for children out of the Orphans Schools 1825-1833 [GRK]

Comprises letters, memorials and petitions submitted by prospective employers wanting apprentices, and parents or guardians requesting children be returned to their custody. [2 part microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Female Factory Parramatta 1826 -1848 compiled by Joan Reese. 

Relatively few records have survived listing inmates (women and children) of the Female Factory at Parramatta.  This is an index only to women's names extracted from a register of letters received by the Colonial Secretary and those records isolated in the Archives Office of NSW Convict Guide under "Female Factory".  Ship of arrival, offence, sentence and location of original source are also recorded. 

Alphabetical.  [2 microfiche]  {NSW INDEX} 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Female Orphan School admission books 1817-1832 [GRK]

Provides name, age, date of admission and leaving School, names of parents (where known), parents' occupations, residence and remarks. 

[1 part microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Index to the admittance & discharge books for the NSS's Vernon & Sobroan

The Nautical School Ships Vernon (1885-1891) and Sobroan (1891-1911) were training centres for lads who had been brought to the attention of court authorities.  On board these ships, at anchor in Sydney Harbour, the boys were taught normal school work and the basics of one or more trades.  Later the boys were either taken up by a tradesman in NSW as an apprentice or employed by a landholder as a farm labourer.  Over 4,800 entries.

Alphabetical. [1 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Male Orphan School admission books 1819-1833 [GRK]

Provides the same information as the record listed above. 

[1 part microfilm reel}

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Wages paid to orphans index 1849-1851

Index to Irish orphan girls who had money banked on their behalf.  It lists orphans; their employers etc.; notes their status; the event; date of the event; names of ships when given; and any additional remarks.  All orphans are cross-referenced under employer's name. 

[Alphabetical]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}

Convict Records

Bibliography of the convict transports by James Hugh Donohoe.

A list of all 1,040 convict transports in alphabetical order, showing the number of people aboard, place of arrival and source and call number of the ship's indent or assignment list. 

Alphabetical  [1 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Convict arrivals 1788-1842 [GRK]

Also known as Convict indents this source provides a great deal of information about individual convicts - more as the transportation period continued.  The details given always include name, date and place of trial, and sentence.  Later volumes also record age, literacy, religion, marital status, number of male and female children, native place, trade or calling, offence, former conviction, and detailed physical description. [131 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK}

Indexes:

  • Alphabetical lists of convicts on transports [GRK] from 1788 - June 1823.  [16 microfiche] 
  • Index to convict indents 1837-1842 [GRK] [4 microfiche]
  • Index to the NSW convict indents 1788-1842 compiled by the Genealogical Society of Victoria and arranged under surname. [7 microfiche]

'Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK INDEXES - Indexes to GRK items compiled after the GRK was released}


Convict assignment registers 24 December 1821 to 17 January 1825 [GRK]

On arrival convicts were usually either assigned to settlers or to work for the Government.  Details given include date of assignment, to whom assigned, residence, prisoner's name, ship, date and reason for return to Government.

[4 microfiche]  

Indexed [GRK] on first microfiche

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK INDEX}


Convict pardons, tickets of leave issued in the Colony of NSW 1810-1875

An index to over 47,000 Tickets of Leave issued to convicts and those who committed colonial offences.

Alphabetical.  [7 microfiche]

{GRK INDEX} and {NSW INDEX}

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}


The Convict ships 1787-1868 by Charles Bateson

Extensive appendices which furnish a complete list of all the ships which carried prisoners to Australia, with names of their masters and surgeons, departure and arrival dates and the number of prisoners each carried.  The story of the transport of prisoners from Britain to Australia between these years is also documented.

Indexed. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH994 Bat}


Convicts and exiles transported from Ireland 1791-1820 by James Hugh Donohoe

Index to the 6,666 Irish convicts and exiles transported.

Indexed. [1 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}

Indexes to, and copies of various returns of convicts in the First and Second Fleets by T.D. Mutch. 

Not indexed.  [1 microfilm reel:  CY 1230]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 1230}


Lists of pardons 1788-1824 by T.D Mutch. 

Collection of 3 volumes listing colonial conditional and absolute pardons. 

Not indexed  [1 microfilm reel CY 1680]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 1680}


Musters and other papers relating to convict ships 1790-1849 [GRK]

Lists convicts from India, Cape of Good Hope, the Mauritius, Canada, South Australia, Western Australia, etc. and occasionally Van Dieman's Land (VDL), Norfolk Island or Port Phillip as well as NSW. Unless otherwise stated, the documents are "Musters" or "Assignment Lists" of convicts showing name, date and place of trial, and sentence.  They relate to ships arriving in NSW (1791-1849), VDL (1812-1824) with some to 1828, and Norfolk Island (1826-1840). 

Indexed by name of ship.  [12 microfilm reels]


NSW convict marriage banns 1826-1841 compiled by Joan Reese and Norma Tuck

Index to persons applying for Publication of Banns in the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence.  The full source relating to this index is held at the Archives Office of NSW and records much more information than the "Permission to Marry Series" and sometimes also provides details in the form of letters from "home".  Alphabetical  [11 microfiche]

{NSW INDEX}

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Notorious strumpets and dangerous girls:  convict women in Van Diemen's Land 1803-1829 by Phillip Tardif

Tells the story of each of the 1,675 women sent to Van Diemen's Land as convicts in that colony's first quarter-century.  It details not only the strange and tragic, but also the everyday events that comprised a convict's life, revealing each woman's crime, her trade, origins, physical appearance, colonial misdemeanours and punishments, marriage, and the date and agency by which she gained her freedom - if, indeed, she did. 

Indexed  [1 book, 1801 pages]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH364.37409946 Tar}


Registers of absolute pardons 16 December 1791 to 1 July 1843 [GRK]

Indexed [GRK] [1 microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet 


Register of conditional pardons 16 December 1791 to 6 December 1825 [GRK]

Indexed [GRK]  [4 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Registers of convicts recommended for conditional pardons 6 May 1826 to 30 June 1856 [GRK]

Indexed [GRK]   [12 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Register of tickets of leave 29 July 1824 to 8 March, 1827 [GRK]

[3 microfiche] 

Indexed [GRK].  [on first microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


SA convicts sentenced to transportation 1837-1851 by Graham Jaunay.

A listing of all individuals sentenced to transportation in South Australia.  Each record provides name; offence;  date of offence and conviction; ship; departure date; destination; and a detailed notes column.

Alphabetical [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.39423 Jau}


Ticket of leave butts 31 March 1827 to 20 August 1867 [GRK]

Provides prisoner number, name, ship and year of arrival, master of ship, native place, trade or calling, offence, place and date of trial, sentence, year of birth, physical description, district prisoner was allocated, bench which recommended him, and date ticket of leave was issued.  There are also notes of change of district, conditional pardons, etc. on most butts. 

Indexed [GRK]  [58 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet


Directories

New South Wales Telephone Directory Sydney

  • Metropolitan for the years 1889 to 1920. [992 microfiche] 
  • Country Exchanges(surviving directories) for the years 1915 to 1920. [342 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Sands' Sydney and New South Wales Commercial and General Directory

Provides very useful information including head of household, residential address, occupation, name of business, etc. between the years 1858/59 to 1932/33.  Each issue provides:

  • an alphabetical list under head of household giving their address;
  • an alphabetical list under street then house number or name with head of household their occupation; and
  • other lists varying between years.  [1077 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Victorian Post Office Directories 1839-1900

Produced by different publishers and often arranged alphabetically by surname under town or region.  This collection of surviving directories frequently also includes trade, professional and squatter directories.  The directory for the year 1839 also covers NSW.  [238 microfiche]


Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Electoral Rolls

Electoral Rolls 1842-1864 [GRK]   Though incomplete this collection includes the earliest held at the Archives Authority of NSW.  It is arranged by year, then electoral district and records name, nature and location of franchise qualification. 

[12 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


New South Wales Electoral Rolls (State) 1842-1899

No single repository holds a complete set of electoral rolls for this period.  Consequently, a number of repositories were contacted to produce a complete as possible collection. 

Arranged by year then electoral district then alphabetically by name of person. [53 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet


New South Wales Electoral Rolls (Commonwealth Division) for the years 1903, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928

Provides name, place living (ie name of street), and occupation.   [2,270 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


New South Wales Electoral Office revised list of persons to vote for the election of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1859-1860

Lists name, place of residence, whether freehold or lease, etc. 

Alphabetical under the first letter only of surname.  [1 microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm FM4 9467}


Land Records

In addition to the titles listed in the table below, information relating to land in NSW and Norfolk Island, is provided on the microfilm reel NSW returns of births, deaths and marriages, 1819-1820.  A selection of short lists included on this microfilm reel is provided below.  A few were "endorsed" in the 1790s:

  • Land and stock belonging to Civil and Military Officers serving in NSW.  1818
  • List of freeholders including Liverpool and places adjacent, and the districts of Cabramatta, Botany Bay and the Hawkesbury.  1820s
  • List of land proprietors includes the districts of Evan, Bringelly, Cooks, Appin, Upper and Lower Minto. 1820s
  • List of persons settled on Norfolk Island who have not yet got their grants.  Endorsed 29.12.1791
  • Names of persons (above 21 years) residing and settled upon property includes Bathurst, Sydney Parramatta and adjacent districts.  1820s
  • Return of lands granted in His Majesty's Territory of NSW and its dependencies.  1793.

Not indexed.  [1 microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm reel: CY 727}


Early land selection on the Clarence River 1862-1869; Richmond River 1862-1866 (Clarence River Register No 8) compiled by Nola Mackey.

This index only includes maps of counties in the area; name of selector/s (sometimes more than one person); date land was selected for purchase; size of the land chosen for conditional purchase; and reference number.

Alphabetical [2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Index to the conditional purchase registers of New South Wales 1862-1865

With the introduction of the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1861 land offices all over NSW were besieged by settlers (both existing and new immigrants) wishing to select Crown Land before survey.  This index only lists over 30,000 of these settlers.

Index [23 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Indexes and extracts of the certificate for depasturing licences 1837-46, 1851 associated indexes, extracts and additional notes compiled by Valerie Moses and Janice Brooks. 

This new index covers all the reels in one on A-Z list of licences.  The index also cross references under station names, district and licensee.  The first 238 licences in this index were extracted from the NSW Government Gazettes as they are missing from the AONSW reels.

Index [15 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK-INDEX}


Indexes to land grants and leases 1792-1865 [GRK]

Also refers to land records held at the Archives Office of NSW which are not included in the GRK. 

Index [included on the 6 microfilm reels containing the registers] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Land grants 1788-1809:  a record of registered grants and leases in New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island edited by R.J. Ryan

Not only gives details of the quantity and location of land, but often details of wives, children and partners in the grant.  In a number of cases details of cancellations, transfers and sales of land are given. 

Indexed.  [1 book] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH333.16 Lan}


Land grants, N.S.W. 1811-1826 and Wentworth Family list of landholders 1826-1827 - both sources on same reel. 

Not indexed.  [1 microfilm reel:  CY 736] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm CY 736}


Miscellaneous papers re N.S.W. and Tasmanian land grants 1810 - c.1850 

From 5 sources. 

Not indexed. [1 microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm reel: CY 2212} 


Mutch, T.D.  Land grants 1792-1810

Typescript providing name, date, acres, name of farm, locality. 

Not indexed. [1 microfilm reel]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm reel:  CY 907}


The New South Wales military volunteer land grants researched by Laurel Burge for the Council of the NSW Military Historical Society. 

Names of military volunteers rewarded under the "Act to Regulate the Volunteer Force" of 1867 with 50 acre land grants after 5 years of efficient service.  Provides name, rank, date of enrolment, number of acres received and location of grant. 

Grouped under Corps, and sub-arranged under the first letter of the volunteer's surname. 

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH333.16 Bur}


Parliamentary return of landholders index 1885 compiled by Liz Vincent. 

An alphabetically arranged list of over 40,000 NSW landholders with stock depasturised as at January 1, 1885.  Originally published in the 1885 return to Parliament.

Alphabetical.  [8 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Registers of depasturing licences 1837-1851 [GRK]

Depasturing licences permitted settlers to graze stock on Crown Lands "beyond the limits of location" (ie. an area extending from NSW into Queensland and Victoria) records names of settlers permitted to graze stock on Crown Lands.  

Indexed  This series was originally only partially indexed on microfilm reel by name.  Later the following index was compiled and released on microfiche. [15 microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {microfilm}

Also indexed in: Indexes and extracts of the certificate for depasturing licences 1837-46, 1851 associated indexes, extracts and additional notes compiled by Valerie Moses and Janice Brooks.

This new index covers all the reels in one on A-Z list of licences.  The index also cross references under station names, district and licensee.  The first 238 licences in this index were extracted from the NSW Government Gazettes as they are missing from the AONSW reels. 

Index [15 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK-INDEX}


Selected registers of land grants and leases 1792-1867 [GRK]   Covers the Colony for the period from 1792 to 1843.  Usually provides name of grantee, number of acres, whether a grant or lease, district, date, names of witnesses and remarks (usually special conditions as to cultivation and reservation of roads, timber, etc.).   Indexed This series was originally only partially indexed on microfilm reel by name.  Later the following index was compiled and released on microfiche [6 microfilm reels] :

Also indexed in:'''Indexes to land grants and leases 1792-1865 [GRK]

Also refers to land records held at the Archives Office of NSW which are not included in the GRK.   Index [included on the 6 microfilm reels containing the registers]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microform cabinet {GRK-MICROFILM}


Squatting on Crown Lands in New South Wales by J.F. Campbell

Records name of squatter, pastoral district, name of run, approximate acreage, and frontage ie. name of river or creek. 

Alphabetically arranged by name within each district. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.4 Cam}


Maps and Gazettes

A Gazetteer of Scotland

[1 CD-ROM]

The complete original six volumes of Francis Groome's 1896 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland together with additional material, indexes and other facilities written and created by Mike Spathaky. It contains 1,754 searchable pages of articles on Scottish parishes, counties, lochs, islands, mountains, rivers, cities, towns, villages and hamlets; 30 colour maps of the Scottish counties showing parish boundaries; 100 original plates from Groome's first and second editions; eight street plans and additional maps and 19 general survey articles; county lists of parishes linking to gazetteer entries; new indexes to maps, plans, counties, plates of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Memorial atlas of Ireland

[1 CD-ROM].  LJ Richards.

Showing provinces, counties, baronies, parishes etc. Consists of 33 double-page maps and detailed Irish County maps. Extremely detailed right down to cemeteries, mills and churches. It also contains many geological features.


A Pathfinder for England

[1 CD-ROM].  Compiled by Graham Jaunay.

A list of all extant and extinct parishes, chapels and extra parochial areas of England to 1974, together with their details of origin, county, diocese and deanery at 1974 with full Ordinance Survey National Grid references. The CD-ROM format provides a huge range of options not provided by the book format to help researchers with problems such as:    An old Will referring to a parish's old name eg Wodell - parish finder tells you it is now Odell. Difficult to read handwriting when some letters are obscured - a wildcard search may reveal the missing parish. If only the dedication of the parish church and the region is known - a search will reveal possible options. You cannot find your ancestor's records at the turn of the century in say Furze Platt BRK - parish finder tells you this parish was only created in 1928 and you need to search the records of Cookham, Cookham Dean, Maidenhead, St Luke, and Stubbings from which the parish was created. No map can show you where a parish is located - parish finder gives parish Ordnance Reference numbers even for places not on present day maps.


Parish maps Metropolitan Office Set

[6 CD-ROMs]

This set of New South Wales parish maps shows property boundaries and the names of the original landholders.  A lot of banks are listed as the landholders - this is due to many properties being mortgaged.

  • CD 1   Town of Banks Meadow to Town of Wollongong County of Camden/ Parish of Banksia to County of Cook/Parish of Hartley
  • CD 2   County of Cook/Parish of Irvine to County of Cumberland/Parish of Broken Bay
  • CD 3   County of Cook/Parish of Bulgo to County of Cumberland/Municipality of Hurstville
  • CD 4   County of Cumberland/Municipality of Kogarah to County of Cumberland/ Municipality of Rockdale
  • CD 5   County of Cumberland/Parish of Rooty Hill to County of Hunter/Parish of MacDonald
  • CD 6   County of Hunter/Parish of Melong to County of Westmoreland/Parish of Wingecarribee


Naturalisation Records 

Letters of denization 1834-1847 [GRK]

Record the various rights and privileges conferred on grantees together with attached signed copies of oaths and declarations.

[1 microfilm reel] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Naturalizations, South Australia pre 1904

This index provides name and certificate number. 

Alphabetical  [12 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {SA INDEX}


Nominal index for pre-1904 Victorian naturalizations

This index provides name and certificate number for the period ?01 January 1852 - ?31 December, 1903. 

Alphabetical  [29 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEX}


Registers of certificates of naturalization 1849-1903 [GRK]

Provides name, native place, age, occupation, date and ship of arrival, present place of residence and reason for seeking naturalization. 

[15 microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Index: 'Naturalization index 1834-1903 [GRK]' records name, date of certificate, native place, register and page number, and occasional remarks.  [11 microfiche]   Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Newspapers

Australian Index 1824-1842

This index provides 148,000 entries under name, place and subject.

Alphabetical with entries under surname and subject.  [6 microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microform cabinet {microfilm reels:  FM4 3804 - FM4 3809}


Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser 1803-1842

The first newspaper published in the Colony it includes articles; official orders; advertisements and notices submitted by officials and citizens; ship news, examinations before the magistrate.  Arranged chronologically by date of paper. [18 microfilm reels] 

Indexes:

  • Index to the Sydney Gazette two separate indexes arranged alphabetically under surname and subject:

-1803 - 1826;  1827 - June 1829 (184,250 entries)  [8 microfilm reels]

-1803 - 1826;  1827 - 1842 (18,096 entries)  [1 microfilm reel] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microform cabinet {MICROFILM}


Sydney Morning Herald 1831 - 1965,  1987 to date

Provides complete issues of this newspaper from the first issue 18 April, 1831 to the 31st October 1965 then from 1987 to date. 

Arranged chronologically by date of issue. [over 100 reels]

Indexes:   Please refer to the section "Birth, Death and Marriage Records - New South Wales" in this booklist for descriptions of the following indexes:

  • Index to birth, marriage, death and funeral notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 18 Apr 1831 to 30 Sep 1853 compiled by Malcolm Sainty & Keith Johnson.

Alphabetical [1 microfilm reel] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microform cabinet {MICROFILM}

  • Index to birth, marriage, death and funeral notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 1853-1859 compiled by Rhonda McKinnon.

Alphabetical [3 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NEWSPAPER INDEXES}

  • Index to births, deaths and marriages in Sydney newspapers 1830-1840 compiled by Nola M. Mackey.

Alphabetical [6 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NEWSPAPER INDEXES}


Let us break their bonds asunder:  an index to the 'in Divorce' section of the Law Reports and Legal Notices in the Sydney Morning Herald 1919

Alphabetical [2 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NEWSPAPER INDEXES}


Potted biographies

Australian biographical and genealogical record series 1 1788-1841 with Series 2 supplement 1842-1899

Lists 1501 pocket or concise biographies (with photographs of subject where made available), on any Australian submitted and sponsored by individuals.  Publishing Series 1 after Series 2 allowed for the inclusion of a further 134 biographies not included in Series 2. 

Alphabetical.  [2 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH920 Aus}


Australian biographical and genealogical record series 2 1842-1899

Lists pocket or concise biographies (with photographs of subject where made available), on any Australian submitted and sponsored by individuals. 

Alphabetical.  [3 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH920 Aus}  


Australian dictionary of biography

Covers the years from 1788 to 1939 and provides potted biographies for 10,442 Australians.  Indexed under name, place of birth, occupation and subject. 

Alphabetical.  [14 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH920 Aus}


Biographical index of South Australians 1836-1885

Compiled primarily from information contributed by thousands of people about their families.  It comprises biographical details of 107,875 entries with associated details for 79,132 spouses and 248,015 children.  Includes a Cross Reference listing of 48,980 former or maiden surnames. 

Alphabetical.  [4 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH920 Bio}


The Catholics of NSW 1788-1820:  the people and their families by James H. Donohoe.

A listing of most of the 10,000 Catholics and their families in NSW up to late 1820.  Provides name, year of birth, husband/wife's name, children's name/s, ship of arrival. 

Alphabetical.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.3 NSW}


Family history OnDisc:  information resources for genealogists

[Please refer to the section under "Australia" in this booklist for a description  of this resource]

[1 CD-ROM]


First Fleet Families complied by James H. Donohoe. 

A comprehensive list including 1,200 of their children. 

Alphabetical.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.394 Fir}


The Founders of Australia:  a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet by Mollie Gillen. 

Every person who sailed with the First Fleet or was born on board has been included whether a child, convict, sailor, marine or officer.

Alphabetical.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH994.020922 Gil}


Queensland muster roll: entries submitted to the Biographical Index of Queenslanders, Separation to Federation 10 Dec 1859-1 Jan 1901 edited by Gillian M. Arnot Smith.

An abbreviated index only to over 20,00 individual names submitted as part of an Australian Bicentennial Project.  Lists name, date of birth and death, and reference number which leads to the data sheet submitted by the contributor.

Alphabetical [3 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.3943 Que}


The Second Fleet:  Britain's grim convict armada of 1790 by Michael Flynn. 

Biographies of over 1,500 convicts, seamen, soldiers of the NSW Corps, free women and children who sailed with the fleet. 

Alphabetical. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.394 Fly}

Professions

The Convicted gunsmiths of New South Wales:  a definitive history 1788-1850 by R. C. Solomon. 

Records the lives and fate of convict gunsmiths and others from the gun trade who were convicted of sundry offences and sentenced to transportation to the new colony of NSW, many for life terms. 

Indexed.  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH683.4 Sol}


Index to liquor licences in the Hunter Region 1865-1921

Taken from the NSW Government Gazettes, this index only lists publican licences 1865-1921; spirit merchant licences 1856-1921; brewers' licences 1857-1921; wine, cider and perry licences 1873-1876; and colonial wine licences 1882-1921.  Each record gives licencee's name; date of licence; and hotel name and address. 

All records are also cross-referenced under hotel name. [13 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {INDEX NSW}


An Index to Victorian railway employees of the 19th Century compiled by Bob Thornton. 

This index provides employee's name, date of birth, date appointed, date ceased, grade (profession), branch, location, comments (ie marital state, etc.), source. 

Alphabetical.  [7 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {INDEX VIC}


Medical Board minutes of proceedings and register, December 1838 - February 1901 [GRK]

Records medical practitioners enrolled by the board and minutes from 1 December 1838 to 7 February 1854.  

[4 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Indexed under name giving page and number [1 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE} 


Public service lists 1858-1870 [GRK]

Records the office, officer's name, date of appointment, by whom appointed, annual salary and date of first appointment under the Colonial Government. 

[13 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Index 

Index for officers of Civil Establishments at the beginning of each year; 1862-1870 includes alphabetical contents list [microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Record of appointments to Government Offices 1814-1825 [GRK]

Letters and general orders authorising appointments to Government positions. 

[2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Index alphabetical index of appointees also recording title of appointment

[1 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Register of chemists and druggists 1876-1920 [GRK]

Records names of chemists and druggists licensed to sell poisons.  From 1897 pharmacists are also included.  Provides certificate number, date, name, residence, qualifications and where appropriate change of address and decease are noted.

Alphabetical. [2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Register of Police 1862-1904 [GRK]

Records officer, rank, date of appointment, age, physical description, marital status, country, religion, education, previous occupation, where stationed, demotion, discharge, death, superannuation and transfer or issue of supplies. 

[5 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Indexed.  [1 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Returns of the Colony "Blue Books" 1822-1857 [GRK]

Annual lists of officers employed by Government including an alphabetical index showing name, position, date of appointment and salary.  Also lists persons receiving land grants (or who purchased Crown Land) showing name, location and area of holding and price. 

[176 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Roll of barristers, solicitors, attorneys, proctors and conveyancers 1824-1876 [GRK]

Records date of admittance, name and remarks (eg. struck off, died, called to the bar, conditional for 12 months) for those admitted to practise in the supreme court. 

[2 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


Shipping and Passenger Lists

Agent's Immigration Lists [GRK]

Also known as "Assisted immigrants to New South Wales 1838-1896, and Moreton Bay 1848-1859".  Generally records name, age, sex, occupation, marital status, native place and literacy. 

Arranged chronologically by date ship arrived.  [10 microfilm reels]

Indexed  [5 books] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEX}


Assisted (Bounty) immigrants to New South Wales, 1828-1842 [GRK]

Includes:

  • Persons on early migrant ships 1828-1832 records name, age, sex, country, calling and whether travelling as cabin or steerage passenger
  • Persons on early migrant ships, May 1832 - January 1833 similar to earlier volume but also includes list of mechanics and females who received advances of money from the British Government to pay the cost of their passage to NSW
  • Entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships, 1832-1842 records name, native place, calling, age, health, religion.  Each certificate is endorsed with a character reference and baptism certificate.

[64 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Index prepared by The Genealogical Society of Utah and is shelved with the 64 GRK microfilm reels relating to this record. 

[8 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microfilm cabinet {with Assisted (Bounty) immiggrants to New South Wales 1828-1842 reels}


Assisted immigrants from U.K. 1839-1871

Comprises surviving records in Victoria of over 130,000 assisted immigrants who entered the Colony between 1837-1871.  Generally provides name, calling, native country (often country or place of residence prior to emigration), religion, education (if immigrant could read, write or both), marital status or relationship to head of family (if on board) and age. 

[123 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}

Index  [10 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}


Assisted immigrants to Port Phillip 1839-1851 [GRK]

Records name, age, calling, religion, education, native place and bounty paid. 

[3 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Index arranged by head of family; wife's name is also given. 

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Barefoot and pregnant?  Irish famine orphans in Australia by Trevor McClaughlin. 

Lists Irish women who were victims of the Great Famine and selected from Irish workhouses by government officials to come to Australia.  Included are over 600 who landed at Adelaide; over 1200 at Melbourne and over 2,300 at Sydney.  These young women came from Belfast, Armagh, Enniskillen, Tipperary, Cashel, Clonmel, Rathkeale, Skibbereen, Limerick, Ballina, Loughrea and Dublin.  All records give name; age; native place; religion.  Many records also provide parents' names (and where living); whether the immigrant has relatives in the colony; and short biographical history after their arrival in the colony.

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves {FH929.1025 McC}


Crew and passenger lists, Port of Newcastle, inwards and outwards, March 1865 - December 1896

Lists over 10,000 unassisted passengers arriving at Newcastle, the majority of ships coming from New Zealand Ports.  Many passengers may be first time arrivals whilst others could be returning to NSW after some time in New Zealand. 

[40 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet 

Indexed 1865-1881 [2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Departures from the Colony of New South Wales [GRK]

Labelled "Ships musters" on the microfilm boxes, this source records both passengers and the ship's company. 

Arrangement is chronological by date of ship departure. [2 microfilm reels]

Index compiled by Norma M Tuck. [3 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK INDEXES - Indexes to GRK items compiled after the GRK was released}


The Deserters:  a complete record of military and naval deserters in Australia and New Zealand 1800-1865 by Rae Sexton

Lists approximately 1,000 military and naval deserters extracted from advertisements and notices.  Army entries generally provide details such as age, where born, when and where enlisted, the last ships or regiment served with, details of former trade, personal appearance, clothing, particular markings, reward offered and commentary on the art of the tattooist.  Merchant seamen entries list the ship, personal appearance and reward offered. 

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH355.13340994 Sex}


A Free passage to paradise? passenger lists of United Kingdom emigrants who applied for free passage to South Australia 1836-1840 compiled by Pat Button.  This publication is divided into three main sections:

  • Applicants allocated embarkation numbers listing name, number and gender of children, application number (will lead to additional details eg. age, address and occupation of applicant), embarkation number, ship's name and arrival date
  • Alphabetical list of ships listing shipname, embarkation number range of passengers, port of departure and arrival, and a note re the existence of other sources
  • Applicants without embarkation numbers lists name and application number to lead researcher to the information lodged by the applicant.

Alphabetical. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.39423 Fre}


Free passengers & crew on convict ships into Sydney 1830-1840 compiled by Nola M. Mackey. 

This index lists the wives and families of seamen, soldiers, convicts, assisted immigrants, unassisted immigrants and Government Officials extracted from an extensive range of original sources in London (copies now available in Australia) and Australia. 

[3 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Germans on bounty ships 1849-1852 [GRK]

Records name, age, marital status, religion and education of German workers brought out to NSW to relieve the demands for special skills such as winemaking and carpentry. 

[1 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Indexed  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Immigrant arrivals to Queensland ports

Copy of the Queensland State Archives main series of immigrant arrivals at Queensland ports.  This series includes:

  • passenger and crew lists for immigrant ships 1845-1915
  • index to registers of immigrant ships entering Queensland and showing dates of arrivals for later ships 1848-1923
  • index by name of all passenger and crew.

[2,400 microfiche, 18 reels and 1 book with supplementary passenger names]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet

Indexed [microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet


Immigration deposit journals 1853-1900 [GRK]

Record moneys deposited by persons wishing to sponsor the immigration to Australia of a person or group of persons.  The sponsored immigrants were frequently members of the depositor's own family or persons they wished to employ.  The IDJ could provide that vital link between family and extended family as in some cases many convicts and early arrivals who had established themselves in the Colony, sponsored relations to immigrate to Australia - in some cases as long as 20 years after their own arrival.

[9 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Index compiled by Pat Stemp and Aileen Trinder. 

Arranged alphabetically under name of immigrant and depositor. 

[20 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK INDEXES - Indexes to GRK items compiled after the GRK was released}


Immigration deposit journals supplementary index 1856-1857 immigrants and sponsors compiled by Aileen Trinder and Pat Stemp. 

Index to 4,297 records listed in the only surviving Depositor's Journal to "Persons proceeding to the colony under Remittance Regulations" held in the AONSW.  This index lists immigrants who proceeded to the Colony, the ship and arrival date. 

Index [4 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK INDEXES - Indexes to GRK items compiled after the GRK was released}


Immigration to Victoria, inwards passenger lists (Foreign Ports) 1852-1923

Includes unassisted passenger lists from 1852-1879. 

[179 microfiche]

Indexed 1852-1869 [microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEX}


Index to emigrants from Hamburg to Australia 1860-1869 compiled by Eric and Rosemary Kopittke. 

Index only 8,881 emigrants who sailed directly from Hamburg to an Australian port.  Provides emigrant name, name of ship, year of departure and passenger.

[2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {AUS INDEX}


Indexes to ships arrived 1837-1925 [GRK]

Index to vessels arriving providing type of vessel and date of arrival.

Alphabetical.  [2 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Index to the unassisted arrivals to NSW 1842-1855. 

Over 136,100 entries for unassisted Sydney arrivals compiled from 3 Archives Office of NSW sources.

[12 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEX}


Log of logs:  a catalogue of logs, journals, shipboard diaries, letters and all forms of voyage narratives 1788 to 1993 for Australia and New Zealand and surrounding Oceans by Ian Nicholson.  3 volumes.

    *Volume 1 lists over 6,000 ship's names in alphabetical order referring to 60,000 narratives of all types of voyages, including merchant ships, warships and whalers, trading schooners, convict transports, emigrant ships of the nineteenth century and passenger ships of the twentieth century.  In addition to logs, journals and diaries; hand-written ship newspapers were often produced on migrant ships and troopships and give details of the voyage.

    *Volumes 2 and 3 comprise amendments, additional material received in response to the publication of the first volume and material sent or received too late for inclusion in the first volume. 

[2 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH387.2099 Nic}


Members of the Family Colonization Loan Society 1854-1857 [GRK]

Records name, address, calling, amount of loan received, subscription paid and name of ship.

[1 part microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}

Indexed [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


National register of shipping arrivals:  Australia and New Zealand edited by Andrew G. Peake. 3rd edition. 

This publication attempts to bring together records relating to the arrival of people into the various colonies making up Australia prior to Federation in 1901, and the period thereafter, and to New Zealand.  Brief descriptions of records, record repository and reference number are provided.  The types of records covered include passenger ship lists, indexes which have been compiled, passenger cards and other records that provide information relating to the arrival of ships eg. musters and other registers.

Alphabetical [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3944 Nat}


Norfolk Island embarkations to Van Diemen's Land 1807-1813

Lists settlers and others giving their names; land cleared and uncleared; if travelling with a wife, children and servant/s; and additional remarks about many passengers .

Indexed. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3 Nor}


Passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society 1854-1855 [GRK]

Records names, ages and occupations.

[1 part microfiche]

Indexed [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Passengers from overseas to Port Phillip District pre 1852 compiled by Ian A. Hughes. 

Lists unassisted immigrants, Captains, Surgeons and some crew members arriving at Port Phillip from overseas.  Details are extracted from various sources including shipping intelligence columns in newspapers. 

[6 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEX}


Persons on bounty ships to Sydney, Newcastle and Moreton Bay 1848-1891 ("Board's Immigrant Lists") [GRK]

Complements and generally provides more information than the "Agents Immigrant's Lists". Records name, age, marital status, calling, native place, religion, education, names of relations in the colony, names and addresses of parents, and any complaints respecting treatment aboard ship. 

[41 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Indexed [5 books]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Pure merinos and others: the "Shipping Lists" of The Australian Agricultural Company by P.A. Pemberton. 

Between 1825 and 1862 the Australian Agricultural Company (formed in London in April 1824), with the Peel River Land and Mineral Company after 1854, brought over 700 men to NSW to work either on their extensive pastoral estates or at their colliery in Newcastle. There were managers, overseers, skilled mechanics, shepherds, miners and unskilled labourers.  Many were accompanied by their wives and families. 

An index to passengers, ship and year of arrival are provided in this publication. 

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.3944 Pem}


Ships & masters to Sydney Index 1842-1855

An index to over 12,300 ship arrivals. 

Two alphabetical sequences; one by ship, the other by master. [4 microfiche]

{INDEX NSW}


Ships' deserters 1852-1900 including stragglers, strays and absentees from H.M. Ships by J. Melton

Lists approximately 10,000 notified desertions and other absences by seamen which occurred throughout the Australasian colonies.  In addition to desertions from Her Majesty's Ships, desertions from vessels belonging to the German, French, Austro-Hungarian, U.S., Italian and the Netherlands governments are provided.  Entries generally provide position held on ship, date of birth or age, description and reward offered. 

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH929.39 Mel}


Ships picture index 1491-1991: an index to ships' pictures in print

Index to some 3,221 ship's pictures published in 101 books, journals, magazines, newspapers and microforms.  The majority are photographs, woodcuts, likenesses by artists in oil, pencil and watercolour. A few are even ships' models.

Alphabetical.  [3 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {INDEX AUS}


Unassisted passengers 1826-1900 [GRK]

Lists passengers on ships arriving in NSW.  Occasionally status or occupation is also given. 

Not indexed.  [181 microfilm reels]

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}


Index available at http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au


Wage agreements and the entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships 1844-1845 [GRK]

Complements the "Agent's Immigration Lists" and records name, age, calling, native place, health, religion and education, parents' names, and the amount of bounty claimed. 

[8 microfilm reels] 

Location: Family History Collection - microform cabinet {GRK MICROFILM}

Indexed  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {GRK BOOKS NEXT TO THE GRK MICROFICHE FOLDERS}


Wives and families of convicts on bounty ships 1849-1855 [GRK]

Records name, sex, age, marital status, calling, native place, religion, education of immigrant and his or her relationship to the convict. 

Indexed.  [2 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {GRK MICROFICHE}


The Women of Botany Bay by Portia Robinson 

In addition to a history of European women who came to NSW as convicted felons or as the free wives of convicts, this publication provides the shipping records for women transported to NSW.  These shipping records list women transported from England 1788-1827 and women transported from Ireland 1791-1828.  The lists are arranged by year of trial, then alphabetically under name of ship, then alphabetically under convict name.  Each record also shows trial place and date where known.

[1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH994.02 Rob}

War Records

Australian Commonwealth Horse compiled by George Newbury. 

Lists the prior service of members of the Australian Commonwealth Horse, with Australian units and units raised in South Africa.  A casualty list is also provided. 

Alphabetical  [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves -  {FH968.048 Aus} 


Family history OnDisc:  information resources for genealogists

This publication brings together several databases on Family History.  The information is sourced from explorers' journals, daily newspaper articles, national news journals and secondary sources ie books, journal articles and biographical dictionaries:

  • Australian historic records register listing records held in private hands in Australia including letters, diaries, photographs, financial records, posters, sketches, recipe books, catalogues, minute books, registers and other material;
  • The Australian chronicles;  an index to sources of Australian biography includes name, birth date and location, death date and location;
  • The military history listing gives military biographies on significant people and information on military units, wars, places, global conflicts, battles and campaigns;
  • A Chronology of Australian historic & current events listing significant events in Australian history;
  • Museums studies bibliography provides information on museology, conservation, museum exhibitions, museum architecture and museums of Australia; and
  • Memorials database gives details of memorials to persons and events in South Eastern Australia.

[1 CD-ROM]

Location: Family History Collection CD-ROM collection


Mentioned in despatches:  Australian:  World War 1 compiled by George Newbury. 

The award of "a Mention in Despatches" (MID) goes back many years.  It was only during WW1 that recognition of this achievement was noted by the wearing of a bronze oakleaf on the ribbon of a medal.  This book records over 5,000 MID's awarded to Australians.  Of note is the proportion of these rare awards awarded to nurses.

Alphabetical. [1 book]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - {FH940.41294 New}


Nominal Roll of AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) who left Australia for Service Abroad 1914-1918 War was originally compiled in London during October 1919

Records of members of the AIF serving overseas during WW1 and includes those serving with the Australian Flying Corps and Medical Units.  Provides regimental number, latest rank, latest unit, date of enlistment, status at date list was compiled.

Alphabetical  [185 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {AUS INDEX}


Nominal Roll of Deceased Members of the AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) and the AN&MEF (Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force) 1914-1918 compiled in 1920 at AIF Administrative Headquarters, London   This roll records regimental number, rank, name in full, unit, place and date of enlistment, nature of casualty, place and date of casualty and place of burial for those who died in service with the AIF (including Australian Flying Corps and Medical Units) and AN&MEF to New Guinea.

Alphabetical [245 microfiche] 

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {AUS INDEX}

Will and probate records

Index of Irish wills 1484-1858

While every Irish history enthusiast knows that the majority of Irish wills were destroyed in the 1922 disaster at the Public Record Office in Dublin, it is remarkable how many original records do survive.  This CD-ROM provides an index to original records, copies, extracts and abstracts. It includes the testamentary card catalogues, charitable donations, thrift, Crossle and Jennings Abstracts.  It also indexes (for the first time) the surviving Inland Revenue Wills and Administrations. This first volume covers all 32 counties for this poorly documented period. It contains over 70,000 individual records with over 100,000 names, over 10,000 surnames and variants, over 1,000 different occupations.

[1 CD-ROM]

Location: Family History Collection 

Note: This is an alphabetical index to names listed in an original source not held in our library. This index was compiled to easily discover if a specific individual name is listed and to give the file and page number where it can be located in the original source. Ocassionally additional details are provided in the index, but it is recommended the full original record be consulted as it should provide much more information to what is in the index.


Probate index Victoria 1841-1899

Microfiche copy of the handwritten recording system (also kown as the Grayson Index) to grants of representation in deceased estates issued by the Court. This index has been used by the:

  • general public for historical reasons, mainly to assist them in creating a family tree
  • legal profession to retrieve files that enable them to trace records of owership of land devised by Will and to trace chains of executorship

Alphabetical index to individuals. [55 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {VIC INDEXES}

Note: This is an alphabetical index to names listed in an original source not held in our library. This index was compiled to easily discover if an individual is listed and to give the file and page number of the entry in the original source. Ocassionally additional details are provided in the index, but it is recommended the full original record be consulted as it should provide much more information about the individual to what is listed in the index.


Supreme Court of New South Wales probate indexes 1800 - 1985

Index to probates granted in NSW between 1800 to 1985. Shows name of deceased, residence, date of death, packet number, series number and instrument. 

Alphabetical index to individuals. [174 microfiche]

Location: Family History Collection shelves - microfiche folder {NSW INDEXES}

Note: This is an alphabetical index to names listed in an original source not held in our library. This index was compiled to easily discover if an individual is listed and to give the file and page number of the entry in the original source. Ocassionally additional details are provided in the index, but it is recommended the full original record be consulted as it should provide much more information about the individual to what is listed in the index.