Indexes to historical records & other sources for genealogy
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I index historical records (especially unusual sources that are superb for genealogical problem solving) and I list the names on this Web site. It already has about 70,000 names of people who were in Queensland, other parts of Australia and overseas, and thousands more will be added.
Links below lead to lists of names and many source descriptions. Each page with names explains my copying service for that source.
You can also search my entire site (more than 140 pages) by entering a word in the search box.
My indexes to original historical records
- Hospital admission registers. Names from another hospital were added in Nov 2020. Often more accurate and more useful than certificates. Sometimes the only surviving source of immigration details. Lots of biographical data for local, interstate and overseas folk.
- Illegitimate children whose biological father's name is in a historical document (even if it's not on the birth certificate).
- Old age pension records. Applicants granted a pension, and some who were rejected for being under age or other reasons. Gives place of residence for many people who were not on electoral rolls.
- Insanity and Unsound Mind. Major changes Nov 2020, including the addition of names of patients for whom I can now get copies from asylum case books with medical details. I've indexed more than 50 series of records in which I've found information about people of unsound mind. Some were in mental asylums, but others were not. A huge combined list (over 20,000 names) is now online! The index includes people who 'vanished' and patients with depression, head injury, epilepsy, alcoholism, congenital defects etc. Some records also have superb details about patient's relatives.
- Photos and sketches of people. These images are in historical documents that also have biographical or other details.
- Neglected Children (plus orphans for whom I found information in sources other than orphanage records). Many children were sent to an orphanage when at least one parent was still alive.
- Missing Friends records. People sought (for many reasons) by relatives or friends; runaway children; eloping daughters; wife/child deserters; absconders from reformatories or from employment; missing beneficiaries of wills; suspected bigamists; etc. The records have historical background, biographical details and/or physical descriptions. Most give the enquirer's name/address, and many say when/where the subject was found or last seen. Superb for family history!
- Police station watchhouse records. People arrested (and sometimes physical descriptions) and names of some victims of crime.
- Police Gazettes. Friends and relatives sought, missing persons, alleged offenders, prisoners, wife/child/ship deserters, victims of crime, etc. Many Police Gazette notices include a detailed physical description or a photograph.
- Prison records. Many give ship of arrival, physical description etc.
- Maintenance payments to deserted wives, children and illegitimate children.
- Agreements re fares. Files re travel by rail or ship (mainly interstate but some international).
- Women granted protection orders, 1888-1904.
- Dentists and dental apprentices. Includes women.
- Nurses and masseurs (male & female).
- Cooktown residents who signed a petition in 1874. The original document has their signatures.
- Cooktown Boys' School admission register.
- 'Interim Index'. Selected names from many sources (Court records, Police correspondence, Grammar School records, etc.)
- Indexes in progress (watch for updates on What's New):
- More hospital records.
- More prison records.
- Various other sources.
My indexes to other sources (cemeteries, certificates etc)
Other published and unpublished indexes.
Specialist Indexes in Australia: a genealogist's guide.
My other genealogy sites have more advice and names.
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