Family History Guide No. 2: Websites For Family Historians

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Archives, Organisations and Societies

Archive Offices


National Archives (Australia)

National Archives manages the valuable records of the nation, and makes them accessible for now and for future generations. It also aims to promote good records management in Australian Government agencies. Several online indexes are provided on the site as well as the option to view digital scans of many original documents

  • Online indexes:
  • RecordSearch or GeneralSearch search all National Archives online indexes for descriptions of over 6 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies, mostly since 1901. Searchable records include documents, photographs, posters, maps, films and sound recordings. Generally, 30 years after a record is created, the public can access it.
  • NameSearch search more easily for records about individuals within particular groups of records, such as defence service and immigration, rather than the whole of the collection
  • PhotoSearch allows you to search an online image bank of more than 110,000 photographs that have been digitised from the National Archives collection.
  • Immigration Index Index to passenger arrivals - search for passengers arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia, by ship between January 1926 and 1947.
  • View digital scans of original documents: When this icon is displayed on the National Archives site, click on it to view a scan of an original document. There are currently, 18.2 million digital scans of original documents available on the site including WW1 service records, photographs, etc.

New South Wales

State Records NSW The State Archives is for anyone wanting to explore the official archives of the State of New South Wales. Use the 'keyname' option to search most of the online indexes at the one time. Alternatively search the indexes one at a time. New indexes are continually being added to the site and currently include:

Bankruptcy and insolvency Intestate
Census records Land
Chemists Maps and Mapping
Child Welfare Mines records
Colonial secretary Naturalization
Convicts Police
Court Probate
Deceased Estates Publican Licences
Divorce Railway employees
Doctors Schools
Firms Shipping
Goals Soldier Settlement
Health Squatter and Graziers
Immigration & shipping Streets
Indigenous Australians Tasmania
Inquests War Records

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Archives Service

Provides a list of holding and subject guides.


Queensland State Archives

Queensland State Archives (QSR) is custodian of Queensland's largest and most significant collection of government records. In addition to the online database for searching for references to items held in the collection there is also an extensive collection of online indexes to locate records relating to people. New indexes are continually being added to the site and currently include:

  • Assistant immigration agent, Maryborough 1884-1907
  • Assisted immigration 1883-1912
  • Australian South Sea Islanders 1867-1908
  • Boer War indexes
  • Card index to nominated immigrants, 1908-1922
  • Chronological Register of Prisoners, 1824-1839
  • Civil Servants Index 1866-1867
  • Coloured labour and Asiatic Asians in Queensland 1913
  • Companies Index 1863-1959
  • Consumptive patients 1897-1902
  • Criminal depositions 1861-1885
  • Dental Board 1900-1931
  • Divorces 1861 - 1900
  • Inquests 1859-1886
  • Instruments of renunciation 1915-1983
  • Justices of the Peace 1859-1810
  • Land selections prior to 1884
  • Mineral leases 1871-1940
  • Passage certificates 1887 - 1906
  • Passport register indexes 1926-1940
  • Public servants 1865-1867
  • Register of immigrants 1864-1878
  • St Helena Convict Indexes 1863-1936
  • Teachers 1860-1904
  • Trustees riles index 1889-1929
  • Wills 1857- 1915

South Australia

State Archives of South Australia

Over many years State Records' staff and volunteers have compiled lists of individual names in records. Many of these 'Special Lists' are now available on the State Archives of South Australia site searchable via several options including:

  • Name Search – this option allows you to search the many special lists and indexes for entries relating to individuals. Note: not all record series have special lists and not all records have been indexed.
*Marine Certificates
*Marine And Harbors Board Officers
*Passenger Lists: Official assisted passenger lists, 1845–1886
*Police Officers 
*Social Welfare
  • Passenger Lists – this option allows you to search the Official Passenger Lists of Emigrants Selected by the Colonization Commissioners 1845-1886 (GRG 35/48/1) by either the name of the passenger or the name of the ship.
  • WW1 Photos – this option allows you to search the Photographic portraits of South Australian soldiers, sailors and nurses who took part in World War One (GRG 26/5/4)


Archives Office of Tasmania

The Archives Office has developed on-line indexes to records which contain information about individuals. These indexes generally provide the name of the person in the specified record, some additional identifying information, and references to the record itself including:

  • Arrivals - index of passengers and ships arriving, mainly in Hobart.
  • Census index - index of people (householders) in the 1840s and 1850s.
  • Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database - is not a direct index to records but contains a large amount of information (not necessarily verified) about Tasmanian families.
  • Convict applications for permission to marry - index of convicts applying to marry free people or other convicts.
  • Convicts (Tasmanian) - index of all convicts transported to Tasmania and those convicted locally through the convict system.
  • Departures - index of people leaving Tasmanian ports.
  • Divorces - index of people getting divorced up to 1920.
  • General index - index of contents of a range of records, mainly names, but some subjects.
  • Inquests - index of records of inquests into people's deaths from the 1820s to the 1920s - inquests into fires are indexed

in the 'general index'.

  • Naturalisations - index of people applying to become citizens up to 1904.
  • Wills - index of wills and letters of administration of estates registered for probate.

A Basic Search allowing keyword searching across all available information in the database including titles and descriptions for any function, agency, series and item is also provided at (


Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)

PROV is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. The office holds records from the European settlement of Port Phillip district in the mid-1830s to today. An extensive range of these records have been digitised and database indexes created which can be searched free online. These include records relating to:

  • Divorce, insolvency and other civil court records
  • Early publicans and pastoral runs
  • Education and teachers
  • Passenger lists
  • risoners and convicts
  • Registration and Licensing
  • Wills and probate
  • Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925

Western Australia

State Record Office of Western Australia

The database AEON (Archives Explored Online) currently provides title information for over 2 million government records. There are also links to sites indexing records deposited at the archive office.


State Library of NSW

Free 24/7 access to local and international newspapers, ebooks, full-text journals, magazines and online databases. Some sites which the library subscribes are only available free to NSW residents with a current Library card (membership is also free). Of special note are:

  • The ProQuest Historical Newspapers module which offers full-text and full-image articles for newspapers dating back to the 18th century. This ongoing project includes The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian and The Observer, The Irish Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Scotsman, The Times of India, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
  • The Sands Directories 1858- 1932/3. On the whole, information about an area does not appear until local government commenced. After which time discover where your ancestors lived for a particular year, name and occupation, house name, economic uses of buildings eg. fruit shop, approximate construction date of a house or building demographics, social infrastructure in a town or locality.


The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc. (AFFHO)

AFFHO was established in 1978 to coordinate and assist the work of Australian and New Zealand groups with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry and related subjects. The site provides contact details for all family history organisations members. Current projects being undertaken by AFFHO include:

  • Index of indexes - listing individuals, family history societies, historical societies or anyone who is compiling, or has compiled, an index of interest to family historians.
  • Save the census.
  • Strays clearing house and the national strays index - lists individuals found away from their place of birth or residence.
  • Persons are encouraged by AFFHO to submit the details of any such a record for inclusion on the site.


Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG)

Helping people trace their family history since 1932, the Society of Australian Genealogists now offers many databases and research services online including:

  • Courses and seminars
  • Databases
  • NSW tickets of leave 1810 - 1875
  • NSW ships musters 1816 - 1825
  • Primary records database
  • SAG members' interests
  • Soldiers & marines 1787 - 1830
  • Sydney streets & electoral rolls 1901 - 1984
  • Library catalogue
  • Members' interests list - 6,500 members
  • Research guides - over 40 topics of genealogical interest
  • Professional researchers list
  • Special interest groups
  • Technical support

Birth, Death and Marriage Records

Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes Available Online

Ryerson index to contemporary death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

An on-going index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. Because the index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, it concentrates on notices from NSW papers, although some papers from other states are included. Within NSW, the bulk of the entries are from the two Sydney papers, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph. The index to the SMH is completed from 1969 to date but an extensive range of earlier years dating from the first issue on 18th April, 1831 are progressively being added. Site updates occur every couple of weeks - more often in periods of high activity.

New South Wales birth, deaths and marriage indexes

Search the historical New South Wales births, deaths and marriages indexes free for:

  • Births 1788 to 100 years after the birth was recorded
  • Deaths 1788 to 30 years after the death was recorded
  • Marriages 1788 to 50 years after the marriage was recorded.

Note: NSW BDM indexes are released online the day after the release date is reached.

Locate links to other registries interstate and overseas. Read about the history of record keeping in New South Wales, or find out how to track down that long lost ancestor by using the family history resources provided. See a famous bushranger's death certificate or a record of the first marriage in New South Wales.

Queensland birth, death and marriage indexes

Online searching of the historical Queensland births, deaths and marriages indexes is available free for the following ranges of years:

   * Births that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1914
   * Deaths that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1929
   * Marriages that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1929.

Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes

Fee based online searching of the historical Queensland births, deaths and marriages indexes is available for the following years:

   * Births 1853 to 1912,
   * Deaths 1853 to 1988 and
   * Marriages 1853 to 1942.
   * Church baptisms, marriages and burials 1836 to 1853 - these are full records but they contain limited information.

Western Australia birth, death and marriage indexes The registry offers free online historic index searching of Western Australian births, deaths and marriages registered from 1841. This service incorporates a family history certificate ordering option for a reduced fee. The online indexes are available for the following years:

   * Birth indexes - 1841 to 1932
   * Death indexes - 1841 to 1962
   * Marriage indexes - 1841 to 1932

Other Birth, Death and Marriage Sites

Australasian births, deaths and marriages exchange A free resource for genealogists to share details on Australian and New Zealand birth, death and marriage certificates. There are also links to over 40 international birth, death and marriage exchange sites.

Directgov - public services all in one place (United Kingdom)

Links to government sites across the United Kingdom including those to help Family Historians trace their family trees.


The objective of the FreeBMD (Free Births, Marriages and Deaths) site is to provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The Civil Registration system for recording births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales has been in place since 1837 and is one of the most significant single resources for genealogical research back to Victorian times. The FreeBMD project is constantly being added to by volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.

As of the 14 May 2015 FreeBMD contained 246,665,112 distinct records (314,117,056 total records).

FreeREG (UK Parish Registers from 1538)

The objective of FreeREG is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers and non-conformist church records in the UK. The recording of baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers began in England in 1538 and is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. (The latter is covered by our companion project FreeBMD). The aim of the volunteers is to make it easier for researchers, no matter where they are in the world, to locate a specific record relating to their ancestor within a parish register.

In May 2015 the database contained 15,946,000 Baptisms, 11,208, Burials, 5,104,000 Marriages.

Hawkesbury on the net - church registers

The Church Registers available on 'Hawkesbury on the Net ' represents the results of an ongoing project to transcribe available church registers within the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales, Australia, and then to provide that information online. Type a name in the site search box or choose a cemetery and browse the list of names.

Information found on Australian birth, death and marriage (BDM) certificates

( These two websites could save you money as they show what information to expect on birth, death and marriage certificates and indexes for all Australian states and territories from 1788.

Joy Murrin family history service

The Joy Murrin Family History Service site offers an alternative way for Family Historians to obtain approved transcriptions from birth, death and marriage registers in New South Wales, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Wales without the expense of obtaining an official Certificate. The site also provides links to other family history sites.

Marbract services

Marbract Services site offers an alternative way for Family Historians to obtain approved transcriptions from birth, death and marriage registers in New South Wales, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and India without the expense of obtaining an official Certificate. The site also provides information "all about NSW birth, death and marriage certificates"; hints, tips and tricks; links to useful genealogical sites on the web; and a list of useful genealogical repositories in NSW not on the Web (eg Anglican, Presbyterian and Uniting Church Records).

Miscellaneous Australian certificates index(previously called the unrelated certificates Index)

Established almost 20 years ago this index provides a single nation-wide collection point for unwanted Australian certificates. Every name on a certificate is indexed and a one-letter code indicates whether the person was the bride, groom, person born or baptised, or the deceased - or someone else (a relative, witness, undertaker, minister of religion, doctor, midwife, district registrar etc.) Over 53,000 names have been indexed. It is an on-going project, and the index is being added to the web site in stages.

Official non-parachial BMDs service - England and Wales before 1567-1840

Access images online of the Non-conformist (including Catholic) Local Registers held at The National Archives - the result of a partnership project between The National Archives and S&N Genealogy Supplies. The BMD Registers service provides access to the non-parochial and nonconformist registers 1567-1840 including the births, marriages and burials certificates and notes of the Society of Friends' (Quakers) plus the birth registry of Baptist, Presbyterian and Protestant Dissenters (known as 'Dr Williams Library') and Non-Conformist Records including Methodists, Wesleyans, Independents, Congregationalist, Unitarians, Quakers (Society of Friends), Fleet Marriages and more being continually added. Basic searching is free of charge, but there is a fee for advanced searching and to download images.

St Catherine's marriage transcriptions - selective The St Catherine's House marriage indexes have separate entries for husbands and wives, and it is very difficult to identify a given marriage if only one spouse's name is known. Mike Foster, of New Zealand, has produced reorganized transcriptions of some indexes. The resulting files can be searched using your browser's "Find" command to locate an individual and small group of possible marriage partners.

Cemetery Records

Australian Cemeteries

Lists cemeteries across Australia providing addresses, links to online burial registers, lists contributed by volunteers (from a few names to complete burial lists), headstone photographs, undertakers data and maps.

Australian Cemeteries Index

The purpose of this index is to provide space for people to contribute inscriptions, burial registers and photographs of headstones from cemeteries across Australia whether they be those collected relating to a single family or every name in an entire cemetery. The index contains details of headstones from a number of cemeteries in Australia. It initially concentrated on cemeteries in regional NSW, but is now expanding into other areas.

Billion Graves

The goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. Contributors are encouraged to use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves. And they do not plan to stop there!

Catholic Cemeteries Board (Deceased Search)

The Catholic Cemeteries Board is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and was established by His Eminence, Cardinal Clancy in 1996 to manage the following Catholic cemeteries. To search by name choose the Deceased Search option located at the bottom of the left side menu.

Catholic Cemeteries Trust Necropolis Rookwood Established 1867 Catholic Cemeteries Trust Liverpool Established 1892 Catholic Cemeteries Trust Field of Mars Ryde Established 1880 Presbyterian Cemetery Trust Field of Mars Ryde Established 1880 Catholic Cemeteries North Rocks Established 1888 Catholic Cemeteries Kemps Creek Established 1965

Cemetery records online - is a genealogical resource for burial records and tombstone inscriptions. While the staff of actively visits cemeteries and compiles records, they mostly rely on folks to submit their transcriptions and compilations to the site. About 500,000 people each month visit to use the online library, making it one of the most popular FREE genealogical references on the Internet. Many of the transcriptions published there are of cemeteries that no longer exist. Hence, provides a place where cemeteries can be preserved in documentation and used by generation after generation

If you have a cemetery listing you'd like to share with others? Interested in recording tombstone inscriptions? Please visit their Publishing page. It's all free, and freely accessible!

Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park

This site includes a grave search database compiled from the cemetery's burial registers. The following information is provided: name of deceased, age, date of death, location of the grave and a map of the cemetery with the relevant section marked.

Hawkesbury on the net - cemetery register

The Cemetery and Monument Register represents the results of an ongoing project to transcribe, photograph and map the cemeteries, graves, memorials and monuments within the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales, Australia, and then to provide that information online. Type a name in the site search box or choose a cemetery and browse the list of names.

History from headstones

Search through online databases covering over 1,200 graveyards and over 60,000 digitised gravestone inscriptions. The graveyards are in all counties of Northern Ireland (Ulster). There are four options for searching through these databases:

  • Graveyard index (a list of over 1200 graveyards throughout Ulster)
  • Themes (e.g. lost at sea, hanged, infant death etc. the search returning the complete inscription record)
  • Free inscription search (search the actual inscription records for a number of featured graveyards throughout Ulster and view the full inscription). These are records for those cemeteries featured in the case studies and those featured in the themes section.
  • Full inscription search. Search the complete inscription database but to view the full inscription you wiil need to purchase credits.

Rookwood Cemetery

  • Rookwood Independent Cemetery

Search the Field of Mars, Independent, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian denominations individually or all of these denominations at the one time. As well as providing surname, given names, denomination, section, grave number and date of interment, this excellent site has a map linked to every burial. Just use the zoom function located on the top left of the map and then click the red circle on the map to see the exact location of a gravesite.

  • Rookwood Catholic Cemetery The Catholic Cemeteries Board has provided a 'Deceased Search' option at the bottom of the left side menu of their website.

Sue and Mike Grieves - cemetery headstones in Australia, England and Ireland This site lists transcriptions of headstones in Australia, England and Ireland collected by Sue and Mike Grieves. There is also the facility for reasearchers to attach their email address to the names recorded on this site. Descendants can therefore contact each other and share information about a common ancestor.

Censuses and Musters

Australian Censuses

Every census taken since the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1901 has been destroyed as official mandated policy. Earlier censuses taken by the colonies may still exist. This site provides information on surviving copies of musters and censuses up until 1901 with details of the date, type of return and the present location of the materials.

Census of England and Wales online - 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911

Search over 400 million people living in England and Wales between 1841-1901 for free with the option to pay for access to view images of the original documents. Discover a person's address, age, occupation, where born, relationships and people living in the same household. Or search properties and see who occupied a house, workhouse or Palace on the night on census night. The 1901 census search provides the valuable option of "show results in map view".

Other records searchable on this site are:

  • Birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837-2004 for England and Wales.
  • Overseas records indexes from 1837-2004 for England and Wales.
  • WW1 and WWII Military records indexes from 1837-2004 for England and Wales.

Censuses and musters compiled in the colony of New South Wales

Graham Lewis provides background information about the censuses and musters collected in the colony together with a comprehensive list with details for each census and muster dating from 1788 to date.

Note: Copies of the musters and census listed below are held in the Family History Collection at Canterbury City Library at 14-28 Amy Street, Campsie:-

  • Musters and Lists, New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1800-1802
  • Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1805-1806;
  • General Musters of NSW, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land, 1811;
  • General Muster of New South Wales, 1814;
  • The Forgotten Generation of Norfolk Island & Van Diemen's Land (providing the Muster of Free Persons - Hobart Town, VDL - September to October 1818)
  • General Muster and Land and Stock Muster of New South Wales, 1822;
  • General Muster List of NSW 1823, 1824, 1825
  • Census of New South Wales, November 1828
  • General Return of Convicts in New South Wales, 1837

FreeCEN - UK Census Online

The aim of the FreeCEN volunteers is to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns (1841 to 1891) from one central onlin database. FreeCEN is part of FreeUKCEN, an initiative aimed at helping make high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently and freely available online, in a coherent, easy to access and search, information retrieval system. There are currently 28,226,987 entries on FreeCEN. Other projects associated with the FreeUKGEN initiative are FreeBDM and FreeREG.

Index to the 1841 census

State Records' staff prepared this index to the 1841 census from two series of records. It covers all the surviving householders' returns and abstracts of returns. There are 9,354 entries in the index. To search this index choose indexes online from the blue bar near the top of the screen.

(A microfilm copy of the original 1841 census is held in the Family History Collection at Canterbury City Library 14-28 Amy Street, Campsie).

Convict Records

Claim-a-convict: convicts to Port Jackson, NSW

This site was put together so descendants of convicts can contact each other and share information about convict ancestors. Also provided is an index to over 20,000 convicts arriving at Port Jackson from 1788 including most of those arriving between 1788 until 1813 & then many thousands more. Lesley Uebel warns her site does not list every convict who arrived.

Convict records

  • Index to certificates of freedom, 1823-69
  • Index to convict bank accounts, 1837-70
  • Index to convict exiles, 1849-50 -
  • Index to pardons, 1791-1825, 1837-41
  • Index to ticket of leave passports, 1835-69
  • Index to tickets of exemption from government labour, 1827-32
  • Index to tickets of leave, certificates of emancipation and pardons, 1810-19

(To search these indexes choose "Indexes online" from the blue menu across the top of the screen then choose Convicts)

Convict transportation registers 1787-1867

Details for over 123 000 of the estimated 160 000 convicts transported to Australia are recorded in this database. These include prisoners sent to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Moreton Bay (Brisbane), Port Phillip, Western Australia and Norfolk Island. Also recorded are some ships which were bound for Gibraltar. The records cover the period of 1787 to 1867.

These records mainly include those convicted in England, Wales and Scotland. Only a small number of Irish convicts appear in this series of the Home Office records. The database also includes soldiers who had been court-martialled and sentenced to transportation. These 'soldier convicts' may have been convicted in various British colonies including the West Indies, India, Pakistan and Canada.

The database has been compiled from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). The HO 11 Criminal - Convict Transportation Registers series has been indexed by the State Library of Queensland and the index contains the following information:

  • Name of convict, including any known aliases
  • Place of trial
  • Term of years
  • Name of ship and date of departure
  • Place of arrival
  • Miscellaneous notes e.g. Died at sea; Ticket of Leave, etc.
  • The date of trial is recorded on the original registers and will be gradually added to this database

Please note: The original records on which this database is based is not an exhaustive list of all convicts sent to Australia.

AJCP microfilm collections are held at the National Library of Australia and the State Libraries. The original records are held at the National Archives in London.

Convicts to Australia: a guide to researching your convict ancestors

Most family historians in Australia regard a convict in their ancestry as enormously desirable. This site, a 'work in progress', contains a wealth of information including, information for getting started; a timeline; chronological lists of all convict transports sent from England; all convicts on the First, Second and Third Fleets; English, Irish, Scottish and military convicts transported to Western Australia between1850 and 1868 with physical descriptions and trial details; convict women arriving in New South Wales from England, Ireland and Scotland 1788-1828; "the most comprehensive list of convict links in cyberspace. If it's on the net and free, you'll be sure to find it here, as we update it constantly". The WA convict pages provide trial details and physical descriptions for WA convicts.

Index to NSW Convict Tickets of Leave, 1810-1875

A Ticket of Leave was evidence that a convict was allowed to work outside the "assignment" system. Each butt gives the following information: prisoner's number, name, ship arrived on, master of ship, year of arrival, native place, trade or calling, offence, place of trial, date of trial, sentence, year of birth, complexion, height, colour of hair, colour of eyes, general remarks, the district prisoner is allocated to, the Bench who recommended him, and the date of issue of ticket. There are also notes of change of district, conditional pardons, etc. on most of the butts.

National Archives of Ireland transportation records database

The National Archives of Ireland holds a wide range of records relating to transportation of convicts from Ireland to Australia covering the period 1788 to 1868. In some cases these include records of members of convicts' families transported as free settlers. To mark the Australian Bicentenary in 1988, the Taoiseach presented microfilms of the most important of these records to the Government and People of Australia as a gift from the Government and People of Ireland. A computerised index to the records is available here for online searches.

The records from which the transportation database was compiled, transportation registers and petitions to government for pardon or commutation of sentence, are incomplete. While the collection of convict petitions dates from the beginning of transportation from Ireland to Australia in 1791, all transportation registers compiled before 1836 were destroyed. Therefore, if the person you are researching was convicted before 1836, but was not the subject of a petition, he or she will not appear on this database.


This site provides details of shipping movements for Australia and New Zealand from 1788 to 1968. The lists of convict and general shipping lists are continually being added to and provide details that have not been readily available in other places, such as background information about the trip, where available. Features of the site include a chronological list of arrivals and departures as well as an alphabetical passenger list searchable by name of passenger. Due to the growing amount of information being collected and the costs of running the web site, it is no longer possible to place all of the data on Ozships. Because of this, there is a CD available with advanced search features and almost double the data found on the web site. However, there is still over 92,000 people listed as well as hundreds of voyages to Australia.

Court Cases

Court of Chivalry 1634-1640

This site makes available the records of the Court of Chivalry during its heyday between 1634 and 1640. Over this period the court dealt with well over a thousand cases of which it has been possible to recover details of 738. These records, held at the College of Arms in London and Arundel Castle, Sussex, cover a wide variety of topics relating to the social, political and cultural history of the period, from ship money and the Bishops' Wars to pew disputes and duelling, from heralds visitations and grants of arms to brawls in the street and quarrels at race meetings. The majority of cases relate to defamation and slanderous words against gentlemen or noblemen, and they provide a rich source for the contemporary vocabulary of insult. But they also offer insights into gender relations, processes of litigation and dispute settlement, and contemporary understandings of what it meant to be a gentleman, as well as a wealth of biographical detail on plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses.

Pre 1900 NSW law cases

This site was created to publish many of the hidden court records of the superior courts of New South Wales. At present it concentrates on the Supreme Court's decisions between 1824 and 1841. Also included are a number of cases concerning Aborigines from later years. The site at present it contains well over one thousand cases and two million words.

Each case includes a footnote commentary referring to other cases and other sources of the same case. The cases can be searched by year, subject or the search engine searches all words in each case.

The surviving records of pre-1850 appeals from the Australian colonies to the Privy Council in London have recently been added to the site. Concentrating on the unreported decisions of the Privy Council, these records are taken from the office of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and from the National Archives in Kew, London.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 to 1913

A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people, containing accounts of over 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court, from 1674 to 1913.


State Library of NSW

In the eResources section og the The State Library of NSW site of special note is the Sands Directories 1858- 1932/3. On the whole, information about an area does not appear until local government commenced. After which time discover where your ancestors lived for a particular year, name and occupation, house name, economic uses of buildings eg. fruit shop, approximate construction date of a house or building demographics, social infrastructure in a town or locality.

Land Records

Land and Property Information

  • Titling and registration - Internationally recognised as a leader in land administration, LPI maintains a secure, efficient and guaranteed system of land ownership for NSW. The land title registry defines the legal ownership and boundaries of land parcels throughout the State, both private and public, and records changes as they occur.

The primary register, the Torrens Title register, protects land title by State Government guarantee and has operated since 1863. The General Register of Deeds includes Old System records including records dating back to the earliest days of settlement in NSW.

  • Property information - LPI collects, collates and integrates property information in NSW and makes it readily available online via its web site, over the counter and through approved information brokers. The property datasets built and maintained by LPI are among the States most important commercial and historical information assets. They include millions of land titles, associated plans and dealings, valuation information, survey control data and mapping and spatial information, including aerial photography.

The community, business and government rely on this information for a variety of purposes including land management, conveyancing, property development, investment, local planning, state economic and social development and historical research.

Historical research - accessing historical land title, survey and property records

Researching land history can be very helpful in studying the history of your family or of a property or locality. It can require patience but can be very rewarding. Many Land and Property Information (LPI) records are available electronically, and LPI is currently (2012) undertaking a major program of records digitisation to bring many more historical records online. The remaining paper records must be examined at our office at Queens Square in Sydney.

Historical records online - access to an extensive collection of paper based archival records online

LPI is digitising and conserving many different types of land records and plans going back to 1792, and aerial photos going back to 1947. Since the program started in 2004, more than 14 million records have been digitised. They are also converting a large number of titles into a computerised Torrens Title system. This includes Old System land which was granted from 1792 to 1862.

The parish and historic maps section of the LPI website offers a link to the past and provides information about local history, family genealogy and your own land and property. The Parish Map Preservation Project is converting the State's rapidly deteriorating parish, town and pastoral run maps to digital images.

If you know the parish name, you can now view these images online using the search facility. If you don't know the parish name, use the Geographical Names Register to search by locality or suburb. The result of the search will include the parish name.

Links to Family History Sites

Australian family tree connections

This web site was established to provide extra exposure to surnames and families currently being researched by Australian Family Tree Connections Magazine subscribers and readers and to help with antipodean family history research in general. The web site also provides an extensive list of "cool" links around the world to help with family history research. These links, with a particular emphasis on Australia and New Zealand, are listed under the categories: Family history organisations; Professional Genealogists and Organisations; Records and Repositories; Searchable Databases; Search Engines; Subscribers' Web Pages; Useful Sites.

Cyndi's list of genealogy sites on the Internet

This is an incredibly extensive site where you can research by country, join mailing lists, learn how to create your own family history web page and find links to almost anything genealogical on the Web. Frequently updated.


The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records for world-wide access! The goal of the WorldGenWeb Project is to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country's resources. Each project website (generally) will contain local resource addresses of county/country public records offices, cemetery locations, maps, library addresses, archive addresses, and association addresses including Family History Centres or other genealogical or historical societies, and some history and culture of the region. Other resources include query pages or message boards, mail lists, historical data including census records, cemetery records, biographies, bibliographies and family/surname registration website.

The WorldGenWeb Project is divided into 11 World Regions. Each region is divided up by country then into individual provinces, states, or counties. To access this site via country choose Country Index which is listed under Resources on the site's homepage.

Mailing Lists and Bulletin Boards

Genealogy resources on the Internet

A huge guide to genealogy resources on the Internet that can be accessed through Mailing Lists, USENET Newsgroups, anonymous File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Gopher, World Wide Web, Telnet, and E-Mail. This web site is an inventory of these resources based on personal investigation and the consolidation of information received from others. The site includes information about each list, subscription details and is continuously updated.

Genuki - UK and Ireland genealogy

Genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.


World genealogy, newsgroups and bulletin boards, etc. (

GENUKI search forms to search all GENUKI pages (

Surnames list brings together links to listings of surnames being researched in different counties, with the names, Internet and email addresses of the researchers concerned (

Helm's genealogy toolbox

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox boasts links to over 45,000 genealogical sites, an online bookshop stocked with plenty of titles for the family historian, and information on genealogical software products. If you are having trouble researching an ancestor, you can post a query here, and the online genealogical community may be able to help you out.

Military Records

Australian Archives - World War I service records

View digital scans of original WWI service personnel records.

  • Select the thumbnail at the bottom the screen
  • Enter surname only in the 'Family name' box
  • Select 'World War 1' from the 'Çategory of records' drop down menu
  • Select 'search'

If too many hits are found (the number is recorded in the last column of the table), select 'refine this search result'

Enter the person's given names and/or service number

To view the scan of records for the WW1 soldier, select 'View digital copy' link.

The digital scans commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, such as name, address, next of kin and age, as well as service information such as movements, postings, changes in rank, and brief mention of injuries or illness. Although most records contain these basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain. Service records were used by the Department of Defence to administer the movements and pay of their personnel and they were not intended to be an everyday account of events in a serviceperson's career.

Australian War Memorial collection databases

Search the biographical databases including:

  • Nominal Roll databases:
  • Sudan War Nominal Roll - NSW Contingent 1885
  • Boer War Nominal Roll - over 17,000 service personnel;
  • Boxer Uprising Nominal Roll - China, 1900-1901;
  • First World War Nominal Roll - over 324,000 service personnel;
  • Second World War Nominal Roll - over 1 million service personnel;
  • Gulf War Nominal Roll - 1,872 service personnel
  • Photographs - access to over 200,000 photographs by keyword, colour, conflict, or negative number;
  • Roll of Honour - over 102,000 of Australia's war dead.
  • Roll of Honour. Providing details of Australians who died while on active service with Australian Forces.
  • Commemorative Roll. Australians who died while on active service with allied forces.

Discovering Anzacs

Explore a growing selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders in World War I and the Boer War. Enhance a profile dedicated to the wartime journey of someone who served. Uncover the personal stories of service men and women through original archival records.

Index to soldiers and marines 1788-1830

The regiment paylists and muster rolls for the early Colonial period 1788 - 1830 have been indexed in the SAG Soldiers and Marines Index. It provides name, rank, regiment, pay list/muster roll, PRO Reel/source and notes obtained from one selected Quarter of a Regimental Paylist and Muster and Admiralty Muster. The original records have been copied on to microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). Having used the SAG Index, researchers can access the reels of film (usually identified as 'PRO Reels' or 'AJCP Reels') in the Mitchell Library Collection at the State Library of NSW, Sydney; other State Libraries; and the Australian National Library, Canberra.

Malta Family History

This site contains information about British men and women who were born, married, died, served in the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, the British Army, were residents on the island, or in some manner are connected with Malta. However it is not exclusively British, citizens of Malta and other European countries are included, as well as people from other parts of the world. Indexes include the Marriages recorded by Military Chaplains in Malta 1824-1900 containing those marriages reported to the General Register Office in England. Not all Chaplains sent details to the GRO for a variety of reasons, and therefore this list will be expanded from time to time as new data is discovered. The earliest wedding in Malta appearing in the GRO records is from 1824 but they had taken place as early as December 1801. Unlike Church Registers which were kept at the church and used by successive clergymen, each Military Chaplain retained his own Register and took it with him when posted to a new location. Therefore, in the early 1800's several registers were in use at the same time. Two pre 1824 registers have been located and are now on this website.

World War 2 nominal roll

The World War Two Nominal Roll was created to honour and commemorate some one million servicemen and women who served in Australia's defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict. The Nominal Roll also provides a 'snapshot' of individual service, by displaying a range of information on each person, gathered from service records. Search for service record details by specifying name, service number, honours, place (of birth, of enlistment, or residential locality at enlistment). Once you find an individual service record you can print a certificate of service, if you wish.

Names Inc., formerly The Generations Network, is a privately held Internet company based in Provo, Utah, United States. The global network includes:

  • 9 billion searchable family history records
  • 34 million member trees
  • 4 billion names uploaded to those trees by Ancestry users
  • 1,000 employees worldwide
  • 115 million photographs, scanned documents and stories uploaded

Ancestry world tree

Ancestry World Tree is a database containing millions of names submitted by visitors wanting to help find fellow researchers and connect with distant family members, and to provide a free service for everyone interested in tracing their roots.

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

The ADB Online contains over 10,000 articles on 11,237 persons (some articles are on more than one person) who were important in Australian history or who represent aspects of the Australian experience.


Family Search provides free online indexes to records and resources collected around the world across several centuries. It is produced by the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and includes indexes to birth, marriage, death, census and, church records.


Findmypast is a free based site providing an ever-expanding collection of over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including US censuses from as far back as 1790, a large collection of Irish records, and US military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II. In addition, there are millions of newspaper pages to explore from as long ago as 1710. With more records being added every week, the library edition of this resource is available free at all City of Canterbury Libraries - Campsie, Earlwood, Lakemba and Riverwood.

First families 2001

The First Families 2001 pilot program funded by the State Library of Victoria, was designed to draw together stories of Australian families to celebrate the Centenary of Federation in 2001. It is a 'read only' searchable database. New information cannot be added and existing entries including contact information, cannot be modified. The First Families 2001 program gathered extensive information on the earliest members of families known to have lived in Australia from anyone who wished to register and submit information. Thanks to the efforts of contributors it is a permanent snapshot of Australia's heritage.

Genies jottings: lists and lists and more lists: Australia and New Zealand

Many early newspapers printed lists of names in many and varied categories. The lists presented here are original transcriptions, including deserters, ratepayers, ships passengers, WW1 casualties and many more. The lists on this site are from Genies happy to transcribe lists they come across and make names available free online. As we all know more names mean more leads to follow.

Lucey and Lucy home on the web

Links to the name Lucey and Lucy from the headings: arrivals (inwards to Australia), Australian BDMs, British Census 1881, British Vitals, convicts, Debt of Honour, Deposit Journals, family groups, heraldry, history of our name, I.G.I., Ireland and Casey, Lucey links, miscellaneous Luceys, North American Vitals, photographs available, random selection, help requests, and comments.

Even if you do not have any Lucey or Lucy's in your family, stay awhile and check out the many other names gathered along the way. Feel free to email requests, contributions, comments, suggestions, etc. and especially free if you are indeed a cousin - no matter how distant.

Online Australian names research directory

This site lists a collection of names being researched by family historians in Australia and New Zealand. Family Historians can search the lists of names or add the names they are researching to the lists. Each entry provides surname, date range, submitter, a brief description of the research, posting date and email address.

Pioneer portraits of Australia

"Many people have spent years researching their Australian family, and placed it in the family bible, or in the dining room dresser, but now the photos have been dusted and have been placed here to share with all Australians ". Dianne Carroll invites family historians to submit information about their pre 1900 pioneer together with a photograph for publication on this site dedicated to all Australian pioneers.

RootsWeb surname list -- interactive search

This list has been formulated by contributions from over 52,000 genealogists. There are more than 380,000 names on the list. Use the search engine to see if other people are researching the same family name as you. You may just be lucky enough to find dates and places which match.

Strays Clearing House and the National Strays Index

A stray relates to any record about an individual found away from their place of birth or residence. For example Franck Jaunay of Reims in France is in the 1871 UK census visiting Liverpool. In fact Franck could be deemed a stray throughout his life as he was born in Londonderry IRL but lived in Reims CHA and Adelaide SA. Many people in the Australasian region may find such a listing useful in crossing the emigration barrier as many shipping and other records fail to reveal from where our European ancestors originated! Persons locating such a record are encouraged to submit the details. To determine a stray for the purposes of this listing, the entry merely has to indicate that the person concerned is in a place that is not their birth place or place of residence. It would seem that the practice of appointing Strays Coordinators is not wide-spread in Australasia unlike the UK and in 2002 AFFHO resolved to take on a role by establishing this site.


Trove is more than a search engine. It brings together content from Australian libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives the tools to explore and build. Trove is a growing repository of fulltext digital resources. Best of all, Trove is yours, created and maintained by the National Library of Australia.

Trove provides access to over 17 million pages from almost 900 Australian newspapers. Newly digitised articles are added daily. Digitised newspapers and more on Trove includes newspapers from each state and territory and from the earliest published newspaper in 1803, to the mid-20th century, including some community language newspapers.


Australian newspapers digitisation program

A free online service enabling full-text searching of historic Australian newspapers 1803 to 1954. It was launched to the public on 25th July 2008 and additional pages are being added each week.

The National Library of Australia, in collaboration the Australian State and Territory libraries, commenced this program to digitise out of copyright newspapers and create a free online service that will enable full-text searching of newspaper articles. This includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the Program.

Gow's newspaper indexes

Weny and Rod Gow are publishing indexes to several New South Wales newspapers for family history researchers. Their website lists of names mentioned in nearly 50 newspapers published in New South Wales during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The areas covered by these newspapers include: Bathurst, Bombala, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Hunter River, Macleay Argus, Macleay, Maitland, Manning River, Parramatta, Port Macquarie News, Richmond, Taree, Windsor, Wingham.

Old news copy

This site provides an index to old newspapers from Victoria, Australia dating from the 1840's through to the 1920's. The Victoria Police Gazette is also indexed from the first gazette in December 1853. The following years are also indexed - 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857 (first few in January), 1858 (last couple in December with supplement of stockholders brands) and 1898, (discharged prisoners only at this stage).

The index is constantly growing and covers almost every item published in a particular edition of a newspaper including advertisements, shipping lists, market reports, court reports and all general commentary. Once a reference is found, fill in the order form to purchase a copy of the particular article.

Paper of Record

Paper of Record is an historical archive of full-page newspaper images created from newspaper collections on microfilm. The newspapers were published in Australia, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and United States of America and other countries. Many of these titles date from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s. There is no charge to use the search engine and birth, marriage and death notices have also been indexed.

Papers Past New Zealand

Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1920 and includes publications from all regions of New Zealand. There are two main ways to find information in Papers Past: searching and browsing. Browsing lets you look at all the newspapers, starting with a year, a region, or a newspaper title. Searching lets you enter a query term and retrieves articles that contain that term. All the newspaper titles on the site can be browsed. Currently, only some of the titles can be searched. An asterisk (*) beside the name of a newspaper indicates that it can be searched.

This collection currently contains 1,190,122 newspaper pages, comprising 224,060 issues. The collection consists of:

107,812 newspaper issues with searchable text (comprising 671,850 pages and 7,467,761 articles) 116,248 newspaper issues without searchable text (comprising 518,272 pages)

Ryerson index to contemporary death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

An on-going index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. Because the index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, it concentrates on notices from NSW papers, although some papers from other states are included. Within NSW, the bulk of the entries are from the two Sydney papers, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph. The index to the SMH is completed from 1969 to date but an extensive range of earlier years dating from the first issue on 18th April, 1831 are progressively being added. Site updates occur every couple of weeks - more often in periods of high activity.


Trove provides access to over 17 million pages from almost 900 Australian newspapers. Newly digitised articles are added daily. Digitised newspapers and more on Trove includes newspapers from each state and territory and from the earliest published newspaper in 1803, to the mid-20th century, including some community language newspapers.

Passenger and Shipping Records

Ancestors on board, in association with The National Archives, presents this database featuring BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1890 to 1960. Search for passenger list records of individuals or groups of people leaving for destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA featuring ports such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Passengers include not only immigrants and emigrants, but also businessmen, diplomats and tourists. Images of the passenger lists are available to download, view, save and print.

Archives Office of Tasmania

Index to passengers & ships arrivals - 19th Century. Records of people (passengers, crew, ship's masters) and ships arriving were kept in the 19th century at various levels of detail and the records that are indexed here reflect this variety in terms of the amount of information they provide on individual people or ships. Most arrivals are for the port of Hobart as few records have survived for arrivals of ports outside Hobart. This index is gradually being added to from conversion of an existing card index Index to Departures 1817 - 1867. Records of people departing were not routinely or comprehensively kept at Tasmanian ports, although for some periods such as the 1850s such records are fairly complete. This index covers most available records before 1860 and some beyond that date, and it is being added to gradually. Generally these records are 'one line' register entries which are fully transcribed into this index.

Mariners and Ships in Australian waters (Index to unassisted passenger and crew arrivals into Sydney 1845-1922)

Searchable transcriptions plus scans of the original passenger lists held by the State Records Authority of NSW reels of the Shipping Master's Office, Inwards Passengers Lists (commonly known as Unassisted passenger and crew arrivals, Sydney). The lists for the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s and 1880s are almost complete, 1890s to 1922 are progressively being completed by volunteers some of whom have transcribed the passenger lists for the months covering the period they believe their ancestors arrived in Australia. So check the "Year by year, month by month list" to discover if the period you are looking for has been completed. If it has not been transcribed, the scans of the passenger lists, for the period you are looking for, can be sent to you for the price of you transcribing them onto the online forms.

Mariners and Ships in Australian waters is searchable by person's name, vessel name, and date; includes transcribed passenger lists and links to scans of the original lists. Just enter a passenger's name and this will search all the transcriptions.

The lists are added to weekly by a team of volunteers whose co-ordinator is dedicated to providing free access to these passenger lists. Included in the lists are masters, crew, a stowaway or two, cabin passengers, steerage passengers, births at sea, deaths at sea, deserters, vessels with one crew and one passenger and those with 60 crew and hundreds of passengers; simple single sail boats, barques, brigs, large steam ships; whaling voyages, regular coastal passenger trips, voyages from other Australian ports, London, San Francisco, China and other exotic ports - you will find them all here.


This site provides details of shipping movements for Australia and New Zealand from 1788 to 1968. The lists of convict and general shipping lists are continually being added to and provide details that have not been readily available in other places, such as background information about the trip, where available. Features of the site include a chronological list of arrivals and departures as well as an alphabetical passenger list searchable by name of passenger. Due to the growing amount of information being collected and the costs of running the web site, it is no longer possible to place all of the data on Ozships. Because of this, there is a CD available with advanced search features and almost double the data found on the web site. However, there is still over 92,000 people listed as well as hundreds of voyages to Australia.

(A copy of the "Convictions" CD ROM is held in the Family History Collection at Canterbury City Library 14-28 Amy Street, Campsie)

Passengers and ships arriving in Australasian ports


Passenger lists for ships arriving New South Wales 1837-1899; Queensland 1840-1915; South Australia 1836-1860; Victoria 1837-1899; Western Australia 1829-1889 and New Zealand 1839-1905, Convicts 1788-1868.

Queensland State Archives

Queensland State Archives site provides indices to the following immigration records held in the Archive Office's collection:

  • Assistant Immigration Agent Maryborough 1875-1907
  • Assisted Immigration 1848-1912
  • Card Index to Nominated Immigrants 1908-1922
  • Immigration 1922-1940
  • Land Orders 1861-1874
  • Passage Certificates 1887-1906
  • Passport Register 1926-1939
  • Register of Immigrants 1864-1878
  • Registers of Immigrants, Brisbane 1885-1917
  • Sailing ship the India lost at sea 1841 ( The sailing ship the India sailed from Greenock Scotland on 4 June, 1841 carrying 193 bounty immigrants and crew bound for Port Phillip, Australia. On the 19th July, six weeks into the voyage and some 200 miles from land and 1,200 miles from Rio de Janeiro, the ship caught fire and sank. In addition to listing the names of the surviving passengers, this web page has the story of the burning, including terrifying personal accounts of the tragedy published in newspapers of the day, and the miraculous rescue of the survivors by a French whaling vessel.

State Records of South Australia

Search the passenger and ship name index to the Official Assisted Passage Passenger Lists 1845 - 1886 by either name of passenger or ship.

State Records New South Wales

State records is progressively adding to their web site online indexes to records in their collection. Choose "search our online indexes" then choose an index from the list or choose "quick search" to search all indexes. Indexes to the following passenger lists are currently available online:

Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Port Phillip, 1839-1851 Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney and Newcastle, 1844-1859 Index to assisted immigrants arriving at Moreton Bay (Brisbane), 1848-1859 Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney, 1860-1896 Index to miscellaneous immigrants 1828-1843 Index to unassisted immigrants 1842-1855 Link to the index to unassisted passenger and crew arrivals (Sydney), 1845-1922 The Dunbar - Australia's Titanic - search the passenger list; read a history; and view photographs of the sole survivor, mass grave and monument.

(To search these indexes choose indexes online from the list of options on the blue bar near the top of the screen)

Vessels Arrived in Sydney, 1837-1925

This index covers vessels arrived in Sydney only. It records the name and date of arrival and in some cases type of vessel. If you know the name of a ship then this Index can be consulted to check the date of arrival.

Victoria - Inward and outward passenger lists

Public Record Office Victoria staff have been working for many years with an ever increasing number of volunteers to index the lists of passengers arriving at Victorian ports. The indices at present cover:

Index to unassisted Inward Passenger Lists for British, Foreign and New Zealand Ports 1852-1923 Index to the Register of Assisted British Immigrants 1839-1871 Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1908 Data for subsequent years will be added progressively. Each instalment of the index is alphabetically arranged by names and also provides - title, age, arrival date, and ship name, fiche reference, for the relevant passenger list, and page number on which the passenger's name appears.

(A copies of the passenger lists on microfilm are held in the Family History Collection at Canterbury City Library 14-28 Amy Street, Campsie)


Photo rescue

A project to re-unite orphan photos with their lost families. Most of the photographs are Australian, but some have been sent here from friends and relations in England, Scotland, New Zealand, and one was taken in Rhodesia.

Picture Australia

Search for people, places and events in the collections of libraries, museums, galleries, archives, universities and other cultural agencies, in Australia and abroad - all at the same time. View the originals on the member agency web sites and order quality prints at your leisure.


History of places in Australia

An index to cities, towns, suburbs and places in Australia with links to web pages with histories of these places. It is a perpetually growing index and the publishers recommend regularly visiting their site to check updates. Linked Web pages are mixtures of: histories created especially for this project; Historical Societies with local histories; Councils or libraries with local histories; private local histories created by various individuals; and sources of local history.

Victorian place name abbreviations

The Victorian Place Names Abbreviations site interprets the abbreviations used in the early Victorian Church registers and the indexes to these registers.


Workhouses in the United Kingdom

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the parish workhouse was a place where - often in return for board and lodging - employment was provided for the destitute. The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act proposed that all 15,000 parishes in England and Wales form into Poor Law Unions, each with its own workhouse and supervised by a local Board of Guardians. In 1838, a similar scheme was introduced in Ireland.

This site provides histories of many workhouses in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland with photographs; maps, plans; lists of inmates, staff, records and often links to related sites for example the Limerick Workhouse, County Limerick is linked to a Limerick workhouse emigration list.

To locate lists of inmates on the site select Union Lists from the side menu, then the relevant County.