Can’t find your ancestor arriving?

The more I looked at the latest Emigration records out of the UK from TheGenealogist™ the more useful bits I found – not surprisingly this blog has grown considerably since it was first started but persevere and hopefully you’ll find lots of useful tips and links to help you find that elusive ancestor arriving in Victoria, or other Australian colonies, or other places.  Some are specific to the Geelong region, more are applicable to Victoria, and even more are applicable to anywhere.  And the amount of information and detail can be VERY rewarding.  I’ve added heaps of links to sites that you may find really useful for passengers to ‘here’ as well as things like EOGN – the Newsletter that EVERY researcher should subscribe to!  In some places I’ve also used bitly to create shorter URL addresses – another useful tool!

Firstly – why emigration (leaving a place) instead of immigration (arriving at a place)?  There is a lot of information on various immigration passenger lists – arriving in Victoria, arriving in New South Wales, etc. etc.  Often we just can’t find our ancestors in these lists – lumped in steerage or really bad writing or passenger list missing?  There are many reasons but you might find your ancestors by looking for their DEPARTURE (emigration) records or other obscure records.

This exercise really began with the announcement on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN – subscribe to the free edition) about 4 million BT27 (The National Archives UK) Outbound Passenger List Records for the 1950s.

From the Blog for TheGenealogist™ it appears that this release covers the decade of the 1950s.  (Another Blog worth subscribing to / following).  These appear to be a new release of indexed records that complement the range of emigration records from the other major subscription databases.

I confess to being a fan of TheGenealogist.  A couple of reasons:

Hopefully our Public Libraries will look at a subscription for the Library Edition of TheGenealogist – similar to current access to Ancestry™ and Findmypast™.  All of these databases have Library Editions which give you most but not all options.

The Library Edition option of TheGenealogist™ for the Geelong Family History Group is out of the range of our funds however researchers might consider a trip to the Genealogical Society of Victoria.  If you’re a member, there is no charge, but as a non-member if you do your homework and prepare a Day Pass costs $20.o0 and might be a good option.  At the GSV library in Melbourne you can access Ancestry™, findmypast™, TheGenealogist™, British Newspaper Archive™, MyHeritage™ and ScotlandsPlaces™.

I haven’t been able to confirm the exact number and range records in TheGenealogist™ database however they appear to be similar to the 1890-1960 records which have also been on Ancestry™ and Findmypast™ for about six years.  NONE of these contains a complete range of emigration records – you can select a departure port and then from a couple of years that may be covered.  VERY selective!  You can also search The National Archives (TNA) where some are available for free.  And of course Family Search also has various emigration records.  The bottom line – search them all!

Here are some links worth trying:

Of course emigration records aren’t the only other source for finding out the name of the ship and the date of arrival in a new colony / country.  Try some of these:

  • NATURALISATION records show ship and date of arrival as well as date and place of birth.  Some of these are at State (Colony) level and others at Federal.  Victorian 19th & 20th century records on searchable and downloadable from the National Archives of Australia.  Check local state archives and other references for Naturalisation records.
  • Alien Registration records – search as above where you will find some entries or read the background information to follow up on these records.
  • Hospital Records – particularly 19th century records – often recorded the Ship and date of arrival.  See the Geelong Hospital records at the Geelong Heritage Centre.

And a bit closer to home!  Make sure you check the Geelong and District database which includes relevant records:

  • Geelong District: Assisted Immigrants – extracted from the PROV indexes and records
  • Geelong District: Unassisted Immigrants – extracted from the PROV indexes and records
  • Geelong District: Geelong and Portland Bay Immigration Society (1845-1846)
  • Geelong District: Orphan Immigrants – extracted from Barefoot and Pregnant?
  • Geelong: Assisted Immigrants Remittances 1856-1858 [VPRS 22]
  • Geelong: Geelong Advertiser – Passengers arriving on ship Travencore in 1849
  • Geelong: Immigration Depot Funerals 1853-1857 [VPRS 22]
  • Geelong: Immigration Depot Returns 1851 [VPRS 116]
  • Geelong: Register of Seamen Engaged 1856-1890 [VPRS 22] – in progress
  • Melbourne: Ineligible Immigrants on ship Joshua in 1852
  • Victoria: Exiles and others on Pentolvillain ships 1844-1849
  • Victoria: Geelong Advertiser – Ayrshire immigrants in 1854

You can read more about these Indexes in the Geelong and District database.

Don’t forget that records are added to this database so always check back regularly for your ancestors!

Happy researching.

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2018 Victorian Community History Awards

Join us in congratulating our local Geelong and District winners!

Don’t know who they are?  Read this!

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Still time to book for Thursday 30th August 2018 at 1.00 pm

Check details:

See you there?

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National Family History Month in Geelong Closing ceremony

The closing ceremony for National Family History Month August 2018 is being sponsored by the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre and co-hosted by the Geelong Heritage Centre and the Geelong Family History Group.

See all details in the NFHM Closing ceremony flyer.

There are limited spaces and bookings are ESSENTIAL.

For country groups, why not come to the closing ceremony and then take advantage of family history research assistance from members of the Geelong Family History Group?  Our members will be at the Geelong Heritage Centre every Thursday in August from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.  On the day of the closing ceremony there will also be GFHG members in the Heritage Centre to help you until 5.00 pm.

BOOK FOR THIS EVENT

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National Family History Month in Geelong

Start your family history journey at the Dome.

New to family history?  Need some help getting started?

During National Family History Month, August, members of the Geelong Family History Group will be available in the Heritage Centre to assist visitors with family history research.

No bookings needed.  Every Thursday in August 2018 – 1.00 to 3.00 pm.

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Only 2 days left to book for DNA Testing for Family History

Just TWO days left to book for this event!  Live webinar – ONLY available at Geelong Family History Group meeting room [Belmont Library] on Wednesday 23rd July at 7.30 pm.

GFHG Members who added their names to the pre-event booking list DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN!

Everyone else MUST register – with limited places available, no registration = no entry!

Come and join us for this FREE event – a webinar / online presentation by two DNA gurus – Louise Coakley and Heather Cox – including a Q & A session at the end.

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DNA Testing for Family History: Basics and Examples

Hurry – ONLY 21 places left for this event which will be advertised in the newspaper on Friday 20th July!  Register NOW before others jump in!

GFHG Members who added their names to the pre-event booking list DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN!

Everyone else MUST register – with limited places available, no registration = no entry!

Come and join us for this FREE event – a webinar / online presentation by two DNA gurus – Louise Coakley and Heather Cox – including a Q & A session at the end.

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DNA Testing for Family History: Basics and Examples

Don’t miss out – ONLY 38 places available for this event!

Due to the expected popularity of this Geelong Family History Group Meeting on Wednesday 25th July we have opened up bookings via Eventbrite.

GFHG Members who added their names to the pre-event booking list DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN!

Everyone else MUST register – with limited places available, no registration = no entry!

Come and join us for this FREE event – a webinar / online presentation by two DNA gurus – Louise Coakley and Heather Cox – including a Q & A session at the end.

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From Cornwall to the Burra copper mines in South Australia

Here’s your chance to join us at the Geelong Family History Group meeting on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 7.30 pm – Belmont Library meeting room, High Street, Belmont.

Visitors are always welcome.

This Wednesday Max Beck will be talking to us about his gg-grandparents’ journey from Cornwall to the Burra copper mines in South Australia.

Max wrote his book A Different Earth about this journey.

Our full meeting program is on our web site.

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Getting the most out of TROVE

Here’s your chance to join us at the Geelong Family History Group meeting on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 7.30 pm – Belmont Library meeting room, High Street, Belmont.

Visitors are always welcome.

This Wednesday our Research Officer, John Stewart, will be showing you how to get the most out of using digitised newspapers on TROVE.

Many people think they know how to use TROVE and the digitised newspapers – you might be surprised at some of the helpful tips from John.

Our full meeting program is on our web site.

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