Researching overseas

Every month I run a group session at Rosny Library and for September the topic is Overseas Records. I like to have a blog post or slideshow to use at these sessions, so decided this time to write a blog post.

First place to look would be the family search research wiki. Family search is a free website. You can join at no cost and to use the research wiki, there is no need to join.

  1. Click on Search in the navigation bar
  2. Click on Research Wiki
  3. Click on the continent where you want to search
  4. Choose the country from drop down menu on left side. Those countries with >in front of them will open again to counties or provinces or states etc
  5. You should now get a webpage on that country or state etc. On the right hand side of the page will be a list of wiki topics such as beginning research, record types, background and cultural groups.
  6. On the main part of the page, you should see contents and perhaps a coloured button for online records and another for asking the family search community

Spend time clicking on the links on the page. Remember to right click on your mouse and open in a new tab. That way you wont lose your original country page.

Other resources around the world

Cyndi’s List – This a an indexed list of genealogical websites. Begin with categories and choose the letter of the country and gradually work your way through the links as they appear. Be careful: there are lots of ads on the pages, don’t click on them if at all possible.

GENUKI – this is relevant to UK and Ireland genealogy. Make sure you check out the section for first time users.

Other posts I’ve written about researching in other countries – mainly as Twitter chats

As these posts could be three years old, some links might not work properly especially if they go to a twitter profile.

Hope these hints have been helpful in researching overseas.

April birthdays

April is the month when we have lots of birthdays to celebrate from the England branch of my tree.

Henry Lewis England (my grandfather) had three daughters – two had birthdays in April – my mother Phyllis and her sister Margaret. Sadly the sisters have now passed away.

I also have my birthday in April and so does my cousin Leigh, the son of Margaret.

Rae, who lives in Melbourne often visited in April, to meet us all as well. She also has an April birthday. Rae’s grandmother was Gladys, the sister of Henry Lewis England. I have just had morning tea with Raelene while she was visiting Hobart this week.

So we have two siblings and three cousins as April babes, but when I checked my database there was actually over 220 April birthdays.

Sue Leigh Raelene Bronwyn Philip at beach


Three birthday girls
Phyllis, Sue and Margaret lunching at Lachlan

Readers: Do you have one special  month where many birthdays are celebrated?

Tasmanian records in the library

I volunteer on Fridays at Rosny Library on the eastern shore of Hobart. I help library clients with their family history. Tomorrow, I am running sessions about using the Libraries Tasmania website. This website has both the Tasmanian Library and Archives records. Here is a basic summary of what I will be using with the participants of the sessions especially as it relates to family history.

  1. Looking at front page – remember to scroll down – explore, discover and popular
  2. Check out portals – especially explore Tasmanian archives, discover family history and popular Flickr
  3. Open Tasmanian Archives portal – find guide to records, historic newspapers not on Trove, how to cite records on blogs etc, also images, audio and film
  4. Open guides to records – some of these are online but not necessarily in the Names Index
  5. Go back to Homepage
  6. Open Family History portal – lots of new portals to check out – some with online resources, some you need to visit State Library in Hobart – second floor reference library
  7. Check out the getting started portal
  8. The website portal for popular Flickr shows the images saved by the archives and library that are then available for use in blogs etc.

Using the navigation bar at the top

  1. Chat service under get help then research and finding information – also has other info about researching – this might be disappearing soon though
  2. Search – mainly Names Index and Archives or books about families
  3. Start now using search button – click on names index then put in name
  4. Various ways to search – hints for using the Tasmanian Archives, hints for Names Index searching
  5. Remember spelling variations
  6. When you have results start filtering – on right, sort first from oldest to newest as will be in chronological order of events
  7. On left side, filter by type of record or years or name – sometimes place registered if family were in the same area for many years
  8. Research files- found in archives in State Library but you can submit an inquiry on form linked from name

Various searching results – all fields 

  • Francis Colgrave – 69 results
  • francis colgrave – 69 results
  • Colgrave Francis – 69 results
  • Colgrave, Francis – 69 results
  • “Colgrave, Francis” – 40 results
  • “Colgrave Francis” – 40 results

You can limit to a certain field if required

Other resources at Rosny library

  1. Remember there are also many family history related books etc available outside the main family history room at Rosny library. These are generally reference books only and not available for borrowing.
  2. You can book one to one sessions with Sue on Fridays where she can start you on your journey, provide you with resources like charts to use or help you with further family history questions. Sue also helps with online trees on Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage and Wikitree. She can also help with basic DNA results and matching.

Hope these hints have helped you use the Tasmanian Library website more efficiently for your family history research.

Photograph - Houses of Brick Construction c1900s - 1910s (1900-1920)