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Genealogy Mini-Guides

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

  • Researching Illegitimate Children

  • Researching Mental Asylum Patients

  • Family History for the Time Poor

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'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'.
  • Lastest edition dated 2 Dec 2020 (2,180 words).
  • Price: $3. My preferred payment method is EFT or bank deposit (see account details); or you can use the PayPal button below.
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'Researching Mental Asylum Patients'

  • Describes most of the fifty-six series of records that I've used to research people of unsound mind (whether or not they were in a mental asylum). Some series also have superb information about patients' relatives.
  • Advice and links for asylums in Australia (especially Queensland) and Britain.
  • 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'.
  • Latest edition dated 3 Nov 2020 (5,340 words).
  • Price: $3.99. My preferred payment method is EFT or bank deposit (see account details); or you can use the PayPal button below.
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'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) include customised charts, forms and group sheets;  historical context (food, health etc);  asking questions;  birthday headlines;  places;  Dropbox;  new sources;  cheaper ways to get information;  backups and digitising;  reviewing certain items;  photographs;  handwriting;  nicknames;  research strategies; etc.
  • 5 pages (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.
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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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