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Genealogy Mini-Guides

Titles available now (scroll down for more details, plus possible future topics)

  • Family History for the Time Poor

  • Researching Illegitimate Children

  • Researching Mental Asylum Patients

You are welcome to check my genealogy credentials before you place an order. The mini-guides are great value at just $3 each.

The mini-guide, a PDF document, will be emailed (usually within 48 hrs if you pay by EFT or PayPal). A separate email will tell you that it has been sent. It is your responsibility to watch for those emails to arrive in your Inbox *or* in folders marked Trash, Spam, Junk, Promotions etc. Emailed mini-guides often don't get through to Hotmail, Yahoo or MSN addresses, so give me a different address if possible.

'Family History for the Time Poor'

  • Even if you have very little spare time, there are many simple ways to make progress with your family history. Some are basic but very beneficial. Others are unusual, and lots of fun. When you only have 30 minutes to spare, choose one of the 20+ ideas listed in this mini-guide. Topics covered (with my personal tips, and links to recommended Web sites):  Pedigree Charts with Circles and Highlights;  Family Group Sheets (how/why to use my free customised version);  Timelines for Historical Context (food, health etc);  Ask Questions (but first, decide how best to ask them);  Birthday Headlines;  Place Names;  Dropbox;  New Sources (parts 1, 2 & 3);  Cheaper Ways to Get Information;  Digitise and Back Up;  Review Certificates;  Review Emails;  Photographs;  Handwriting;  Nicknames;  Research Strategies;  Ryerson Index;  Will Books 1800-1952.
  • 5 pages (2,000 words).  Price: $3. My preferred payment method is EFT or bank deposit (see account details); or you can use the PayPal button below.

'Researching Illegitimate Children'

  • Describes dozens of sources, indexes and techniques that may reveal the name and other details of the father of an illegitimate child.
  • Gives advice that applies to many areas, plus specific tips for Queensland.
  • Lists 'recommended reading' (books and Web sites).
  • Reveals some of my professional research tips and 'tricks of the trade'.
  • Updated and expanded edition dated 9&nsbp;Oct 2018 (2,200 words).
  • Price: $3. My preferred payment method is EFT or bank deposit (see account details); or you can use the PayPal button below.

'Researching Mental Asylum Patients'

  • Advice and links for asylums in Australia (especially Queensland) and Britain.
  • Describes the three (3) main series of mental asylum records for Queensland, plus more than 20 other sources that may give information about patients. Some series have superb information about patients' relatives.
  • Explains how you can apply for access to some records that are not open to the public.
  • Lists 'recommended reading' (books and Web sites).
  • Reveals some of my professional research tips and 'tricks of the trade'.
  • Updated and expanded edition dated 20&nsbp;Oct 2018 (3,290 words).
  • Price: $3. My preferred payment method is EFT or bank deposit (see account details); or you can use the PayPal button below.

Future topics:

  • Researching the 'black sheep' of the family
  • How to find ancestors who moved or vanished
  • Hospital and asylum records: what they reveal about patients' relatives
  • Using Court records for family history
  • How to find other people who are researching your family
  • Look Beyond the Border! Archival records with data for interstate and overseas folk
  • Using indexes: tips and traps
  • Queensland genealogy: basic sources
  • Queensland genealogy: sources for advanced research
  • My source-based filing system for paper and digital records


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