Other Useful Genealogy Records In Australia
Apart from the state and government records, there are other routes that can be helpful in tracing your ancestors in Australia. Where state records haven't been a great deal of help, which can be the case, these other genealogy records can become your only avenue for family history.
How To Use Newspaper Obituaries In GenealogyNewspaper obituaries can prove to be an excellent source of genealogy information, offering not only the basic facts surrounding the death, but also insight into the person's life, other family members, and their achievements, all very useful as you compile a family tree. Australian Periodical Publications 18401845 offers a limited window into articles, including obituaries, from the 19th century, but the records are available online, for free. You can also go to Obituary Depot which is searchable, and gives citations, with links to the full obituary where possible, and so an excellent family history tool.
Neither of these is complete. It's quite possible that your search for genealogy records in Australia will lead you to regional papers, but those can have advantages, with fuller coverage. Depending on what you know about the person's date of death, the search for your ancestor could be short or long.
Cemetery Records And GenealogyListings of burials and monumental inscriptions may be found on websites for cemeteries and at local councils, local and state libraries and family history societies, all excellent resources for genealogy in Australia. Some cemeteries and other agencies may provide a search service where online indexes are not available. Be warned, however, that it will take patience on your part, and often a great deal of searching to come up with useful genealogy records. Knowing the area where your ancestor lived is vital. For Australians in the military who died abroad, the Commonwealth Graves Commission might be able to help.
Religion And GenealogyFor many years, the Anglican Church was the dominant religious force in Australia, exported from England, and parish registers, where they still exist, can be fertile ground for genealogy.
Jews first arrived in Australia in the 1788, when 14 were members of the First fleet, and you can find some useful family history information about Jews in Australia at the Archives of Australian Judaica