My Favourite Genealogy Links (and other interests)
Here are a few of my personal recommendations for Web sites for family history in Queensland, especially for families with British origins. (This is a select list, and I do NOT add links on request!) Links open in new windows.
Genealogy, Family History and Local History
- The 3 Rs of Genealogy: Revisit, Record, Revise, by Pauleen Cass.
- Name Variations: Tips & Tricks by Dan Lynch (author of Google Your Family Tree).
- Findmypast: For Queensland they have a wider range of records than other subscription sites. Check the worldwide list of record sets on Findmypast. The amazing collection of online data (growing all the time) includes the British Newspaper Archive. Findmypast's British census indexes are generally more accurate than those on other sites.
- Top tips - what to do when you hit a brick wall.
- Ten common research mistakes.
- Cora Num's gateway site for Australian genealogy.
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: The best starting point for genealogy on the Internet. Links to tens of thousands of genealogy-related Web sites in many different categories and for many parts of the world.
- Trove (National Library of Australia's digitisation project): Digital images of newspapers and other material, with searchable text. An on-going project.
- Queensland State Archives: Searchable catalogue of holdings; indexes; Brief Guides and Search Procedures.
- State Library of Queensland: Family History research guides, indexes etc.
- Ryerson Index: Searchable index to contemporary Australian newspaper notices (mainly deaths).
- Australian gazetteer: Search for a place name and see its location on a map.
- Rootsweb Guide: Lesson 12: Deals with evidence, evaluation of sources, and documentation and citation in family history research.
- WorldConnect: A huge, searchable collection of online family trees whose owners you can easily contact (free). More than 640 million names!
- Rootsweb searches: Another way to find others researching the same family.
- GENUKI: A superb series of Web pages for family history research in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- National Probate Calendar for England and Wales 1858-1966 (an index of wills and administrations that includes the names and whereabouts of vast numbers of people in other countries).
- UK / Australia Genealogy. Advice on sources and research strategies for genealogy in the United Kingdom and Australia, plus references to specific individuals.
- Curious Fox (UK Local History / Genealogy Message Board and Map Finder): Find the location of villages in the UK and Ireland, and add messages about ancestors who were in a particular village.
- Lost Cousins: If your relatives (direct or by marriage) are listed in the 1841, 1881 or 1911 British census or 1880-1881 census for USA/Canada, enter their details and then search LostCousins to find out who else is researching those people.
- Geneabloggers: A new and exciting way to find and share family history information.
- See also the links on my Genealogy Basics page.
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Some of my other interests in life
Apart from family history, my interests include travel, reading, gardening, photography, collecting postcards, kayaking, fishing, paper-making, and watching tennis and cricket.
- Travel: Some favourite photos from my travels are on my Web site. They include Yorkshire churches and various places in Ireland and Queensland.
- Favourite books on Australian history: These include Weevils in the Flour by Wendy Lowenstein (a brilliantly edited collection of oral histories telling a fascinating story of the Great Depression in Australia) and Blainey's 'The Tyranny of Distance'.
- Other favourite books: Many and varied (some are in this reading list). Practically anything by Ngaio Marsh, Jon Cleary, Jeffrey Archer, Jeffery Deaver, John Grisham, Martha Grimes, Elizabeth George, P.D. James and Douglas Adams... and (because I love the Highlands and Islands of Scotland) The Hills is Lonely and subsequent titles by Lillian Beckwith.