Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Australian Records on FamilySearch

FamilySearch has just released some new Australian records free to search.

Firstly, FamilySearch.org has started a new browsable image collection of the 1828 census from New South Wales. So far, 2,500 images are in the collection. The 1828 census lists the name of the family member (including servants), age, class (free or bonded), ship name and year of arrival, sentence (if applicable), employment, residence and religion. If the resident was a farmer, additional information was also collected such as the number of acres and livestock totals. Currently the images in the FamilySearch collection can only be searched by place, but eventually they will be indexed by name as well.

The second collection is a browsable image collection of Tasmanian civil registrations of births. The collection consists of some 12,700 images and spans the years from 1899 to 1912. A typical record gives the name of the child, date of birth and sex. For the father it lists the name, age and birthplace. For the mother it lists the name, maiden name, age, when/where married, place of birth and other children. The images in this collection are organized by place and then by year. Note that for this collection there is often a long lead time between when the child was born and when it was registered, and it is possible that children who died soon after birth were not put in the register in Tasmania during this time period.

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