Government Gazettes and publications
There are many ways to find information on your ancestors and their life. The government is great at keeping records other than a census in Australia.
As a true blue Tasmanian descended from both free settlers and those who had a journey overseas paid for by a government from a previous country, I can find a lot by checking government Gazettes and other publications like electoral rolls and almanacs.
The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) has been digitising a lot of their records that used to be microfilmed or in huge books. Here is a list of some online:
- Government gazette papers – Trove
- Electoral rolls
- Convict records
- Arrivals and departures
- Census and musters
- Tasmanian Post Office Directories – early form of white pages
- Publicans licenses
It is very important to check out guides from your local archives to find out what they have either online or available if you visit them. National Archives Australia has a series of fact sheets about what is available there.
Cora Num has some great links to look through on her website including some references to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with G that relates to your family history or your research.