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Searching Beyond These Shores

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This page is intended to accompany the talk "Searching Beyond These Shores" given by Christopher Fance to the OFHS Computer Group meeting on August 4th 2014. Christopher has provided a set of links to all the web sites mentioned, plus an extensive list of sites for Australian research, that we only had time to touch on briefly at the meeting. The latter were provided by his distant cousin who does some work for the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) in Sydney.
Links to well-known sites such as Family Search, Ancestry, Find My Past and Cyndi's List have been omitted here, since these can already be found on the regular page of OFHS links at Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet.

As with all links on past meetings pages, these represent a "snapshot" of the web at the time of the meeting and will not be updated. It is inevitable that over time some of these links will "break" as web sites change. In such cases you may be able to use the Interent Archive web site ("Way Back Machine") at http://archive.org/web/ to view the site as it was in August 2014.

British Columbia Archives BMD indexes etc. http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/textual/governmt/vstats/v_events.htm#indexes
Canadian Expeditionary Force Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx
Ellis Island US immigration records http://www.ellisisland.org/
National Archives of South Africa   www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl
India Office Family History Search http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/
fibis Families in British India Society http://www.fibis.org/

Australian and New Zealand Resources
All Colonies / States
National Archives of Australia For immigration after 1922; includes interviews with & comments made about prospective immigrants & even photos; war records; lots here www.naa.gov.au/collection/a-z/index.aspx
Convicts For background to convict transportation & some links to records http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/convicts-and-the-british-colonies
National Library of Australia Newspaper Archive 1803 until 1950s have been digitised so far. Uses OCR to find names http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
CoraWeb Good general advice with links to various websites for Australian genealogy www.coraweb.com.au/about
Shipping Lists links to shipping records eg convict & free settlers’ ships, ships’ logs, pictures of ships http://members.optushome.com.au/lenorefrost/shipslog.html
Ryerson Index An index to death notices in newspapers around Australia www.ryersonindex.org/
National Library of Australia List of websites for Australian records www.nla.gov.au/family-history/genealogy-selected-websites
Society of Australian Genealogists Mainly members’ family history research www.sag.org.au/
Society of Australian Genealogist - Primary Records Interim Catalog to Online Records Collection www.sag.org.au/collections/online-manuscript-index.html
New South Wales
Ships & Mariners in Australian Waters Ship Arrivals & passenger lists. (not complete.) Use with NLA Newspapers website http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/
Assisted Passengers Index to names of passengers whose passage to NSW was subsidised or fully paid for by a company or one of the assisted immigration schemes; good amount of information about assisted passengers which includes their parents’ names, place of birth, who provided a reference for them etc; in return for the payment, the passenger was bonded to work for the scheme until he had repaid the cost of the passage plus expenses; the schemes encouraged families to migrate to counter balance the large number of adult men in the colonies. www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/indexes-to-immigration-and-shipping-records/indexes-to-assisted-immigrants
Unassisted Passengers 1826-1900; passengers who paid their own way to the Australian colonies; less information about them than about assisted passengers. www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/guides-and-finding-aids/nrs-lists/nrs-13278-unassisted-passengers-1826-1900
LINC Tasmania Excellent resource; worth spending time familiarising self with contents; includes indexes to records held by the Archives Office as well as many digitised records available free online eg convict records, pages from early baptismal, death & marriage registers, census records, wills, arrivals www.linc.tas.gov.au/tasmaniasheritage/search/name-indexes/nameindexes
WAYN Index Great starting point for Tasmanian genealogy; Digital images online of index cards to resources held in Archives Office www.linc.tas.gov.au/tasmaniasheritage/search/name-indexes
Colonial Tasmanian Family Links Database Surname & First name search of those who lived in VDL (aka TAS) based on events such as BDMs. Descendants also offer their information so it is not always correct but is a good start. http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?search=8
The Gardens Family History Great website for MIs of many early gravestones in Tasmania which have been transcribed & photographed; also valuation rolls 1875 for various regions & towns in Tasmania http://thegardensfamily.com/
Public Record Office Victoria Indexes to records in PROV, some records are online http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-23
Victorian BDM Can do an index search for BDMs for free but site only tells you how many hits you get. Need to prepay using your credit card to view the hits. But each list of up to 20 hits costs only 99cents. Vic BDMs recommends pre-paying $5.00. If you find the person you are interested in and want to buy an uncertified copy of the certificate it will cost $20. http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/family+history/search+your+family+history/index.html
The Gardens Family History List of women who were involved in the Eureka Stockade riot on the Ballarat Gold Fields in 1854. http://thegardensfamily.com/
Unassisted Passengers Passengers who arrived in the colony of Victoria from 1852 -1922 who paid their own way; check for them in NLA Newspaper shipping records as well but note that if they came Steerage class their names may not have been listed in the local newspapers. http://prov.vic.gov.au/index_search?searchid=23
Assisted Passengers Assisted means that in most cases the passenger’s fare was paid for by the government; 1839 - 1871 http://prov.vic.gov.au/index_search?searchid=24
South Australia
Genealogy South Australia Search indexes to BDMs including family notices in newspapers www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html
SAGFHS Index to records held by Society; start with ‘Colonial South Australian Pioneers’ hyperlink for a general search for a particular name; includes a useful Timeline to SA history www.familyhistorysa.info/
South Australian cemeteries For index to cemetery registers in SA http://www.familyhistorysa.info/births-marriages-deaths/cemeteries/burials.html
Western Australia
Western Australia BDM Free online historic index searching of West Australian births, deaths and marriages registered from 1841. www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/F/family_history.aspx?uid=8948-7352-6630-2234
Western Australian State Archive Index to WA Wills, convicts, passenger lists, court cases and more www.sro.wa.gov.au/archive-collection/family-history
Fremantle Prison Short biographies about convicts & other prisoners in the colonial & post-colonial era; also living conditions etc. www.fremantleprison.com.au/History/Pages/default.aspx
The Gardens Family Cemeteries: transcriptions of Monumental Inscriptions for graves in various West Australian cemeteries http://thegardensfamily.com/
Queensland BDM BDMs free index search but pay $20 for a certificate. www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research/
Queensland Family History Society Request a volunteer at the Society to do a look up of information. There would be a payment to the Society. www.qfhs.org.au/
Genealogical Society of Queensland Similar to the Society above in the way to get information https://www.gsq.org.au/
New Zealand
Newspaper PapersPast: browse by date, region, newspaper or person; free digitised images of newspaper http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast
Shipping Lists links to shipping records eg convict & free settlers’ ships, ships’ logs, pictures of ships http://members.optushome.com.au/lenorefrost/shipslog.html

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