Helping a challenge

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As most of my readers know, I am adding my family onto Wikitree. This is a website trying to connect one big global tree. But you must include sources to prove connections on the tree.

I have 287 profiles that I have added to the tree that relate to my family ancestors and descendants. I am manager of each of these profiles but will willingly hand over managership to a person more closely related than I am. I actually have 549 people connected to me, so nearly 300 profiles have been added by other cousins.

Here is how many steps they are away from me:

24 Jan 2023 3 13 51 86 145 74 177 549

I am degree 0, my parents and brother are degree 1 so they are the 3 in the chart. Degree 2 I have 13 people – these are my grandparents and my aunts and uncles. So I have a total of 549 people who are 7 or less steps away from me on the global Wikitree.

During this last week the Society of Australian Genealogists have been running a challenge on Wikitree. We started with 7 Australians that needed their trees built out further.

I was asked if I would look at some documents related to Oliver “Otto” Peters Heggie, his siblings and parents.

Oliver was a famous actor who got his start in Angaston, South Australia where he was born and passed away in Los Angeles.

During the week, I added 58 new profiles from the information in the Heggie memoirs. I started in Scotland with birth of James Heggie, father of Oliver. There was a lot of detail in the memoirs but I needed to find a source to add to each new profile – so looking for births in Scotland, then arrival in Australia, marriage in Australia and then birth of all the children including “Otto” in South Australia. I also found articles on Trove proving some of the information in the memoirs that I could then add to the biography of the profile person.

The idea of the challenge was to create at least seven connections going forward (children), backward (parents) or sideways (spouse and siblings)

There were 65 participants in the challenge. These were wikitreers from all around the world but quite a few from Australia. By the end of the challenge I was 16th on the list – I had added 58 profiles and won 10 bounty points for being the first person to connect a new Heggie profile to a profile already on the wikitree. I edited 74 profiles altogether and made 253 total edits.

I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the challenge and have put my name down to help on the next one which relates to One Place Studies. I am interested in this as I also have a blog about the Sorell Municipality which is counted as a One Place Study (OPS).

Readers: Have you collaborated with other people to improve your family history?

Researching in South Australia

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I am writing  a post for each state of Australia with a list of great resources for researching ancestors in that particular state.  Tasmanian records are held mainly at Libraries Tasmania where both archive and library resources are on the one website.

All headings link to the website.

State Library of South Australia

There is a family history portal here, which then leads you to places where you can read a guide to researching the topic or you can view records on the topic or you can visit a website on the topic.

They also have a link to SA Memory which is a website so everything can be viewed at home.

The digital collections at the library include oral history and letters and diaries plus other topics.

The library also has a chat with a librarian area for asking questions about your research.

Archives of South Australia

This is also known as state records of South Australia.

There are some online records found here but many have been uploaded to Family Search website (free just set up an account) or are part of the Flickr state records collection. They give a guide on how to find where the online records are kept.

They have a great page about researching your family history with a guide to what records are available.

Passenger lists are also found here and can be downloaded as PDFs.

Graham Jaunay website

Graham is a local historian in South Australia and has some free databases on his website as well as a great reference page explaining what can be found on different birth, death and marriage certificates around Australia. Make sure you also check out his research guides.

Family Search wiki

Family search is a free website with lots of records from South Australia recently uploaded to them. The link in the heading takes you to the wiki showing all the records found on many different websites. Those with $ means you need to pay money to join and see the records but there are many that are free images.

Genealogy South Australia

If you become a member you will then have a variety of different resources to use both online and at home. But there are also some online database records that non-members can use on this site.

South Australian Museum

This museum has a special section looking at family history of Aboriginal people. There is a PDF index of family names that can be checked. They have about 100 collections online in their archives that can be looked at.

Readers: What are other important websites you use to gather information when researching ancestors in South Australia?

Please read the comments as other family historians have added more websites to use.