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Introduction to German family history research for Australiana

DNA for Genealgogists
DNA for Genealogists

Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia 2nd Edition

Scotlands People
ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research 3rd edition


Introduction to German family history research for Australiana

Introduction to German family history research for Australiana Buy now Price: $15.00

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for Australians in researching their family history from Germany, or a German speaking area, is knowing where and how to start. But once you've started you often find that the amount of detail that is available in German records exceeds that of comparable English records.

It also takes the reader through the issues surrounding names of people and places that tend to confuse the beginner, and it points to records that can be accessed from within Australia as well as those overseas from Australia that are able to provide the foundation upon which research into our German ancestors can be built.

An increasing variety of material, including maps, gazetteers, census records, newspapers, passenger lists and some civil records of birth, marriage and death, and church records of baptisms, marriage burial have been digitised and indexed and are being made available online.  This book gives guidance as to how to access these.

But it’s not all online by any stretch of the imagination, and the reader is reminded of the value of being part of a family history, genealogy or local history organisation, both locally and overseas. Of course the German records are written in German, usually in old German script, but a range of tools exist that will help you to make sense of these … and there’s more than like a number of more experienced researchers in local societies who would be happy to help as well.


Introduction - A brief overview of German history - Getting started - Identifying the immigrant ancestor - German spelling and pronunciation - What's in a name? - German place names - Maps - German migration to Australia - Passenger lists - Birth, marriage and death certificates from Germany - Church records of baptism, marriage and burial - Local family books (Ortsfamilienbücher) - German census records - Cemeteries - Directories - Military - Newspapers - Genealogical and family histories societies - Conclusion - Index

DNA for Genealogists

DNA for GenealgogistsDNA for Genealogists Buy now $15.00

Author: Kerry Farmer; ISBN: 9781925323658; Year of publication: 2017

As well as providing information about ourselves, DNA testing allows us to find others who share our ancestors, and also confirm or challenge apparently known as relationships. Such tests can provide evidence of relationship even when no documents exist. Previously available only to medical and law-enforcement professionals, commercial testing companies now make genetic testing directly available to anyone who is interested.

DNA testing will not replace the more familiar genealogical research techniques of gathering oral and documentary evidence and compiling family trees. Instead it offers entirely new research tools - more information to augment the documents and oral histories - as well as a way of testing family trees, to see if conclusions drawn are confirmed by this new evidence. This book shows you how you can use DNA to harness this exciting new range of genealogical tools.

The amount of scientific jargon associated with genetics can be intimidating. This publication provides a contextual understanding of DNA suitable for genealogists and discusses the currently available tests that are likely to be of interest to family historians, especially those wanting to prove (or disprove) compiled family trees, the connect 'new' relatives by means of inherited genetic material and to draw conclusions about where we fit into the greater human family.


About DNA -Double Helix, Chromosomes, Mutations, SNP (Single nuceleotide polymorphism), STR (Short Tandem Repeat), Genetic Similarity, Sex Chromosomes, Dominant / Recessive, Autosomal DNA, Mitochonrial DNA (mtDNA)

Interpreting DNA Test Results -Y-chromosome test results, Mitochondrial DNA test results, Autosomal DNA test results

Commercial DNA Testing Companies -Which Company? Which Tests? The Process,, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), 23 and Me, dna.Ancestry.com, EthnoAncestry, GeneBase, GeneTree, Oxford Ancestors

Why Have DNA Tested?  -Surname Studies, Regional Studies (or clan or caste studies), Bridging the Documentary Gap, Test Family Trees, Identifying Illegitimate Ancestor, Lodging DNA for Future Reference, Understanding Ancient Human Migrations

Objections to Using DNA -DNA is not Unique, Tests are Expensive, Privacy Concerns, Ethnic Identity, Flaws in Long-Accepted Lineages, Insurance Risk, Not All Lines are Tested, Unlikely to Find a Close Relative


Appendix 1. Testing Companies

Appendix 2. Free DNA Databases

Appendix 3. Websites for Further Reading

Appendix 4. Reference Books


Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia 2nd Edition

BTroveTrove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia 2nd Edition Buy now Price: $15.00

Author: Shauna Hicks ; ISBN: 9781925323498; Year of publication: 2016

As a regular presenter at genealogy expos and seminars I am constantly surprised by the number of people who don't know or are not aware of, all the genealogy resources available on the National Library of Australia website. Trove is the catchy name of the Library's discovery service into its many collections, but it is only one of a number of resources available for research.

While people may be aware of Trove, they are not aware of how to effectively use the various filters to narrow down their searches to maximum advantage. Features such as comments, lists, tagging or correcting text are other areas that many have not yet explored and there are always a few who put up their hand to say they haven't got an eResources card.

There are other features such as Ask a Librarian and Cite This that I am fond of, but many in the audience haven't discovered them yet, or realised how these features can assist their research.

This guide outlines why I'm a huge Trove fan. It lists and explains the various features so that other family historians and genealogists can make maximum use of this fantastic free resource. Follow the tips and you will soon become another Trove fan.


Abbreviations, Introduction to the second edition

What is Trove? -Membership of Trove, Why log in?

NLA - more than just Trove? -The NLA Library Catalogue, How to videos, Ask a librarian, Frequently asked questions (FAQs) , Research guides, Ordering copies and interlibrary loans, eResources

Trove and its various zones -Searching tips, Digitised newspapers and more, Government Gazettes, Books, Pictures, photos, objects, Journals, articles and data sets, Music, sound and video, Maps, Diaries, letters, archives, Archived websites (1996-now), People and organisations, Lists, Personal examples

Social media -Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, NLA blogs, Trove forum



ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research 3rd edition

Scotlands PeopleScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research 3rd edition Buy now Price: $15.00

Author: Rosemary Kopittke ; ISBN: 9781925323610; Year of publication: 2017

ScotlandsPeople provides an exceptional source of genealogical records for those with Scottish ancestry - Statutory registers, Catholic parish registers, census records, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, and Coats of Arms. Access to such a wide range of basic records for a relatively cheap fee means we can all research from our home without the expense of hiring a search agent, ordering in many microfilms or a trip to Scotland - as pleasant as that last option may be.

With some knowledge and practice you will become adept at locating records of relevance to your family and you will be well on your way with your research. Of course, not all records are available online. You will still need to track down your non-conformists, investigate land records, cemeteries, electoral rolls, directories, poor law, military and other records, but ScotlandsPeople is a great place to launch the study of your families.



Statutory registers -Births, Marriages, Deaths, Minor records, Register of Corrected Entries, Wildcards and other options

Church records: Old parish registers -Births and baptisms, Banns and marriages, Deaths and burials

Church records: Catholic parish registers -Births and baptisms, Banns and marriages, Deaths and burials, Other events

Census records, Valuation rolls, Wills and testaments, Coats of Arms

Other features -Viewed sites/default/files/previous searches, Timeline, My details

Charges - tatutory registers, Old parish registers, Catholic parish registers, Censuses and Valuation rolls, Wills and testaments, Coats of Arms

Conclusion, Bibliography


Date last updated: 15 April 2020 @ 15:28