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Tracing Land on the Monaro. pdf. from Amanda Day <ajday-at-tpg.com.au>



Australian Resources

Archives and Records Offices, Births Deaths and Marriages,
Convicts, Court Records, Heritage, Maps, Military, Newspapers,
Pathfinder sites, Shipping

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Archives and Records Offices

  • Archives Office of Tasmania

    This site contains guides to the Public Records of Tasmania. Several of the guides, which cover the Colonial Secretary's Office, the Governor's Office and the Convict Department, can be downloaded. The guides also provide references to a number of original documents which are held in the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales.

  • Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825

    The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary covered all aspects of the early administration of the colony of NSW. State Records NSW provides this searchable index to the Colonial Secretary's papers.

  • Directory of Archives in Australia

    This site provides details about archival and historical organisations in Australia.

  • LDS Family History Centres

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormons, collect many records of interest to the family history researchers. Their Family History Centres are open to the public at no charge. search the database to find a centre near to you.

  • National Archives of Australia

    The National Archives of Australia holds material on immigrants and refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, members of the defence forces,government employees, subjects of surveillance by security and intelligence agencies, or as prisoners of war or internees. Records held by the Archives were generally created after 1901. It does not hold records of convicts, of colonial migration, or of 19th century Australian history such as the gold rushes or colonial administration.

  • New South Wales Archives Relating to Aboriginal People

    This site provides information on how to gain access to Aborigines Welfare Board, Aboriginal Lands Trust and Department of Community Services and Aboriginal Services Branch Records. The guide also lists holdings of records of the Aborigines Welfare Board 1883-1969 and State archives from other Government agencies relating to Aboriginal People.

  • Society of Australian Genealogists

    This site provides information about the Society's collection and activities.

  • State Records NSW

    This site (formerly known as the Archives Authority of NSW) contains information on useful resources such as the Colonial Secretary's papers. Several searchable databases can be accessed on this site, including indexes to convicts and assisted immigrants.

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Department of Lands links:

Parish Map Preservation Project
Images of Pastoral Maps, which show Pastoral Runs from the mid 1800s, are available for viewing on this site. 

Parish Maps and Historic Maps includes County, Municipal, Parish or Town maps 

The maps link I recommended for NSW Parish/Historical Maps has
changed. New site below.


Article: "The Parish Map in Family History research" is at


Births, deaths and marriages, including divorce and cemetery indexes

  • BDM: the Australasian Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages

    This site provides links to Births, Deaths And Marriages Registration Offices in Australia and New Zealand and some international Registry Offices.

    THE RYERSON INDEX to Contemporary Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers


  • Cemeteries in and Around Gunning Shire, New South Wales

    This site provides headstone inscriptions for the cemeteries in the Gunning Shire area.

  • Divorce Index Victoria 1861 - 1900

    This site allows you to search an online database covering the Divorce Index of Victoria between 1861 and 1900.

  • Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Sydney

    This site covers Botany Cemetery and the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium and has an online searchable database. Information on Pioneer Park, where the headstones from Sydney's earliest burial grounds have been relocated, is also available.

  • FamilySearch

    This site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides a searchable database of over 300 million names. The database includes the Ancestral File indexes and the International Genealogical Index. It also provides access to the Family History Library Catalogue as well as thousands of indexed Web sites.

  • Newcastle Cemeteries

    This site provides links to an searchable index of headstone transcriptions for four significant cemeteries in the Newcastle area

  • New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

    This site provides information on births, deaths and marriage certificates and other useful genealogical information. The site also allows you to search an online database which indexes births, deaths and marriages in NSW.

  • VicHeritage Family History

    This site provides access to the Historical Index database which covers Victorian recorded births from 1836 to 1924, marriages from 1836 to 1939 and deaths from 1836 to 1985. You can also search the Family Group database for couples that married or began having children in Victoria between 1853 and 1860. The Family Group database links parents and their children together and includes some events not registered in Victoria including children born overseas and overseas marriages. There is a charge made for this online search facility.

  • Tasmanian Family Link

    This site allows you to search an online database which contains records of births, deaths, and marriages and similar events held in the Archives Office of Tasmania.

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Convicts and the First Fleet

  • Convicts to Australia : a Guide to Researching Your Convict Ancestors

    This site lists by ship, all female convicts sent to NSW from England and Ireland between 1788 and 1828. The site also provides a list of Censuses and Musters, a list of convict ships, a list of convict gangs in 1821 and links to other convict sites.

  • The First Fleet Home Page

    This site provides information about the people and ships of the First Fleet. It includes a database of convicts which can be downloaded and searched.

  • First Fleet Online

    This site provides a database of First Fleet convicts, diary extracts, stories and letters of the time and links to other information about Australia's past.

  • Index to Certificates of Freedom, 1823-69

    This index at the State Records NSW site covers certificates issued to convicts who had completed their sentence.

  • Irish Convicts to Australia 1791 - 1820

    This site allows you to search an online database which contains information on Irish convicts who were transported to New South Wales in the period 1791 - 1820.

  • The National Archives of Ireland

    This site provides a searchable database of transportation records of convicts sent from Ireland between 1788 and 1868.

  • Ships of the First Fleet

    This site provides a picture and information on each ship that sailed with the First Fleet.

  • Index to NSW Convict Tickets of Leave, 1810-1875

    Published by the Society of Australian Genealogists, this is an index of tickets of leave issued to NSW convicts from 1810 to 1875.

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Court Records

      Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1834

   Heritage Offices

                         NSW Heritage Office - Home


  • Australian Service Nurses National Memorial

    This site lists the names of Australian nurses who died during or as a result of war service since the Boer War.

  • Australian War Memorial

    Online searchable databases including:
    Nominal Rolls
    Details of people who served in conflicts including the First World War and Second World War.
    Roll of Honour
    Australians who died while on active service with Australian forces.
    Honours and Awards
    Honours and awards made to Australians while on active service in various conflicts. Includes some recommendations not subsequently granted, and some foreign awards and awards to foreign soldiers serving with Australian units.
    Commemorative Roll
    Australians who died during or as a result of wars in which Australians served, but who were not serving in the Australian Armed Forces and therefore not eligible for inclusion on the Roll of Honour.

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    This site provides a searchable register which lists personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealths forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.

  • Register of War Memorials in New South Wales

    A register of all known war memorials throughout New South Wales, searchable by personal name and location.

  • Soldiers and Marines Index 1787-1830

    An index to musters and pay lists of British soldiers and marines in the early colonial period. This index by the Society of Australian Genealogists refers to microfilm reels of the Australian Joint Copying Project which are available in the Mitchell Library.

  • World War Two Nominal Roll

    A database of service records of individuals who served in Australia's defence forces and the Merchant Navy during World War Two. The database was compiled by the Department of Veterans' Affairs by extracting data from original service records held by the Department of Defence and the National Archives.

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abbreviations used in servicemen's records.

Certificates and short record of service at

RAAF marine section - Air/Sea Rescue

RAAF Meteorological Section

Aircraft history

Squadron info etc



WW1 website that combines the Nominal Rolls, The Collection etc

Newspaper Indexes

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Pathfinder Sites

  • Australian and New Zealand Genealogy

    This pathfinder site provides links to genealogy sites relating to Australia, Norfolk Island, New Zealand and Australian Aborigines.

  • Australian Family History Compendium

    This site provides general genealogical information with links to searchable databases which provide information on various aspects of family history.

  • Cora Num's Genealogy Online

    This provides useful links and information on researching Australian family history. Subjects covered include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Occupations and Service Personnel from Australia and New Zealand.

  • Roots Web: Australia and New Zealand

    This site provides access to mailing lists on Australian and New Zealand family history.

  • Tasmanian Family History

    This site contains links to websites with content related to Tasmania.

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Shipping and Immigration

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Indexes and Databases - Geography & History
Genealogical Information for all the states 



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