So we are now over halfway through the family history course and we have had to put together a research plan. This is interesting because I usually just go to the archives, search through things I want to and go off on tangents if needed. But having listened to Dianne, it is important to have a plan that you can follow. So here it is:
My Research Aim:
To create historical timeline of Captain William SMITH’s life as a whaler. To do this
- find out the names of the ships he was on and the dates (PS 1,2 and 4)
- where the ships voyages were (PS1)
- his role on each ship (PS1)
- life on board the ships (PS3) (SS1 and 2)
Hopefully find out his Samoan name by finding out when he was given the name William SMITH.
- Marine board records of ship’s voyages – government record
- Application for master of foreign vessel certificate – government record
- Newspapers of the times – shipping news and articles about voyages – newspaper record
- Images of ships he served on
Secondary sources (if any):
- Susan Chamberlain thesis about early whaling in Hobart Town – public record
- Books about whaling around Tasmania from the 1850′s to the 1890′s – public record
- My relatives including Glenn (who I will be interviewing) and Kim – great grandsons of William
- I am wondering if there might be records at the Australian Maritime Museum?
Repositories and Records that I plan to use:
LINC Family History
Marine board – Application for Master Mariner’s certificate
Trove newspapers of the time
Maritime Museum – Susan Chamberlain thesis
Readers: How could I have improved this research plan?