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Introduction to Family History Research

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Introduction to Family History Research

<p>A basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories, and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites that teaches an

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A basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories, and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites that teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. This course encourages the use of state and local libraries and genealogical organisations. A basic level of computer and internet literacy is assumed and you are encouraged to bring some ancestor details in to use in searches, if you wish.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Nick Vine Hall, (1994 )Tracing Your Family History in Australia: A Guide to Sources, Victoria, Australia
  • Osborn, Helen (2012) Genealogy: Essential Research Methods, Crowood Press, London
  • Todd, Andrew (1998) Family History Nuts and Bolts: Problem-Solving through Family Reconstitution Techniques, Allen & Todd, UK (NB – 2015 edn now available)
  • Kenneally, Christine (2014) The Invisible History of the Human Race. Viking. USA


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: Overview of course; tips on referencing sources. The basic foundations for family history research – Births, Deaths, Marriages records, census and electoral rolls. Related sources - Australian Parish records; UK and Ireland records; other countries
  • Exploring Australian Births, Deaths, Marriages historical Indexes; what to expect in each state’s records; early Australian census and electoral rolls
  • English, Scottish BDM; Ireland BDM and substitutes; census records
  • Australian naturalisation records; shipping records; Australian convict records
  • Some other secondary sources – newspapers; cemetery records; the Ryerson Index
  • Recording, referencing, saving files – file structures; bookmarking; commercial family history sites; blog sites


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. have an understanding of the nature of primary sources of information that can be used to build family histories, including Australian Birth Death Marriage sources; Australian State Archives, Census and Electoral Rolls; Naturalisation records; convict records and military records
  2. have an understanding of other sources that may supplement primary sources, for example cemetery records, newspaper sources, the Ryerson Index and online forums
  3. have gained the skills to find suitable primary and secondary sources of information relevant to their own background to help build family histories
  4. have gained some skills to record and save the results of their searches, in both physical files and computer files and to make more informed decisions about the usefulness of commercial family history software.