Friday, November 29, 2013

All learning together

Prior to yesterday's third GeniAUS' Hangout on Air I had another huge case of preshow butterflies but once I pressed the record button and I found myself in the company of a few generous genealogists these flew away and another learning journey began.

Three former GeniAUS panelists, Anne Young, Jenny Joyce and Chris Wright,  joined for for a repeat performance and Donna Cooke made her Hangout debut. I thank these ladies for so generously sharing their knowledge with me, those who were watching online and those who have since watched the video recording on Youtube. Thank you also to those viewers who made comments during the recording on the GeniAUS Community page. 

Although the video is patchy in parts with a bit of feedback happening, a panelist in the dark and some of us forgetting to mute and unmute ourselves I am proud of the product; as we all become more familiar with the Google interface the quality of our production will improve.

Yesterday in addition to learning about new sites we panelists learnt a little more about Google Hangouts along the way. I was so proud of the way we managed to share our screens and share details of the sites we showed. 

What has been extremely rewarding about the session has been some of the feedback received. Maureen Trotter outlined her success in this blog post: Thankful Thursday - Some new records and Fi Basile made this comment on Google+ "Thank you for the mention of the 'It's an Honour' site. I found my grandfather and have just sent them an email to correct his name. They picked up his 2nd name & omitted his 1st.".

In addition to the sites mentioned by the panelists several viewers have made contributions. I will attempt to make a full list of the sites below. Please accept apologies if I have missed any.


Donna Cooke
Internet History Resources
Australian Light Horse Studies Centre

Jenny Joyce
Australian Cemeteries Index
Sentenced beyond the seas HTTP://
State Records NSW
Biographical Database of Australia

Chris Wright
Trove -
Bonzle - - for photos of people, places etc
SS Borda - - photos of passengers and crew on the SS Borda in 1921
Central Queensland Family History Association - Articles & Indexes - especially the Scrapbook index of Newspaper clippings
Qld Births Deaths & Marriages -

Anne Young
Public Record Office of Victoria
NSW Births Deaths and Marriages
Victorian Births Deaths and Marriages
Australian War Memorial 

Jill Ball
The Ryerson Index
Australian Dictionary of Biography
It's an Honour
Women of Vision
National Archives of Australia


Pauleen Cass
Judy Webster's Queensland Genealogy
Queensland State Archives
Using the Wayback Machine I've got the website I was looking for. It appears to have been inactive since 2012 which is a great shame. If anyone wants to search SE Queensland cemeteries best to do it soon.

Geoff Mulholland
The Historical Atlas of Sydney contains digital versions of maps and associated documents -
City of Sydney Archives - Sands Directory Sydney: downloadable pdf versions of the directory for 1868, 1888, 1918 -
City of Sydney Archives - AchivePix - (includes historical photos of Sydney, I found a photo of terrace houses in Foveaux Street, Sydney, that were once owned by my maternal gggrandfather, one of which was his home at the time of his death, these houses were demolished long ago and I would never have known what they looked like) -
National Library of Australia - Trove - (I am sure needs no introduction, one of my favourite sites for Australian newspapers up to about 1954, it allows people to make corrections of the OCR online records, I was thrilled to find a 50th (Golden) Wedding Anniversary announcement in 1903 of my maternal gggrandparents wedding amongst many other stories for related families -
THE RYERSON INDEX to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers - This index (e.g. for the Sydney Morning Herald) has the number of "completed" years growing all the time, I think they are complete back from current to 1946, and from 1831 - 1917 complete so the gap from 1918 to 1945 will be narrowed down progressively -
The Sydney Morning Herald archive is available online to NSW residents who hold a State Library, NSW - library card, -
After selecting the above link, Library card holders then click on "Registered NSW residents may log in from home" and then are asked to enter their library card number. You can then search or browse through the archived newspapers. If a search does not return what you are looking for, you can browse by date and issue, if you find an article of interest, eg the births section of the page can clicked on and an enlarged. Its not as easy to use as Trove, but helps to fill the gap after 1954 for the SMH.
National Archives, Australia - Military Service Records - digital Australian Military service records are available for viewing and download -
Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database -
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday. This site may help when you need to date a photo -

Michelle Nichols
Hawkesbury on the Net - Cemetery Register   

Brenda Wheeler
Free Settleer or Felon?
Google's Panoramia
Helen Doxford Harris Indexes

The Third GeniAUS' Hangout on Air was another triumph for Social Media. 



Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

An update on the WE Qld cemetery site: the people who run it tell me it is only offline for a week or two.

Also how could I forget this great site, Text Queensland.

And. The Qld Historical Atlas

Thanks Jill and thanks everyone for all the links.

Alex Daw said...

Hi Jill

Thanks so much for this very informative post. It was great to learn about sites new to me (Bonzle and Its An Honour) and to revisit some favourite ones. I loved the SS Borda photos and will be keen to explore the CQFHS site more. I was also pleased to hear that Donna had subscribed to the Internet History Resources website and had had some success. I was a bit dubious about signing up but am now heartened to hear of its usefulness.

I apologise for not accepting your invitation in the end. It's been a full week at work and I confess to being tuckered out at the end of each day.

Keep up the fabulous work and well done to your panellists.

Alona Tester said...

Sorry I was unable to attend the HoA, just work is work so it just wasn't going to happen. Anyway thanks for the list of links, I can already see some I'm not familiar with, so shall go exploring, and shall sit and watch the video this weekend. Thanks Jill and all who too part. ;-)

GeniAus said...

Pauleen, Alex and Alona. Isn't it a pain that work, life and tech hiccups get in the way of genealogy.

Thanks for your comments and support. I hope to see you all online on December 9.

Maureen said...

Thanks Jill for leading the way with this new method of communicating.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

hi Jill, I've had confirmation from the site owners that the SE Qld cemeteries site is back online -had been brought down by storms.

It's well worth a look for anyone who has ancestors in the South East Queensland area.


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