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Becoming Australian citizens after British ancestors came to Australia?

Between 23 Aug 1849 and 4 Mar 1880, 28 of my direct ancestors (10 x 3rd great grandparents, 16 x 2nd great grandparents and 2 x great grandparents) emigrated from England, Scotland and Wales to South ...
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Deportees from Australia to UK early 1900's

I am trying to confirm the claim that a relative was deported form Australia back to UK in the early 1900's. I can find any number of sources for people being transported from UK to Australia but ...
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Sharing DNA record between two ancestry accounts

My DNA record is in my Australian account and I have activated a UK ancestry account, how do I get the UK account to recognise the DNA record in my Australian account. The reason I did this is because ...
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Finding details about an immigration from England to New Zealand / Australia

Here is a Immigration Certificate: According to the source it says: Departure Date: May 1919 Departure Port: England Ship Name: Prinzessin Destination Port: Auckland, New Zealand I have several ...
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What criteria should I look for to publish my cemetery records online?

I have several complete cemetery headstone transcriptions and some additional partial cemeteries. None appear to be indexed online. What criteria from free sites or free content on paid sites should I ...
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Identifying location and cause of death of person who died in 1992?

I have visited the grave site, obtained the headstone details but unable to progress from there. Buried in Bundaberg Queensland Death location unknown Whereabouts between 1985 and 1992 unknown ...
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Abbreviation "H.M.C" in Sands Directory

What does "H.M.C." stand for in the following entry in the Sands Directory Street Index for Balmain, New South Wales, in 1890? Henry Gill was about 64 at that time. He had owned and run a ...
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Significance of registration by Registrar General versus Assistant District Registrars in New South Wales

I've just received a death certificate for someone I believe to be one of my ancestors from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. All the other NSW certificates that I have from around the ...
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Searching for 21st century Australian Death records

I'm looking for records for the death of Joel Holland Webster, 2009 Australia All I know so far is that it was reported in the Illawarra Mercury
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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other "also known as"?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Bennett in World War I photograph (1917)?

For more background to this question please see Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)? This is a photograph of what I believe to be an Australian soldier from ...
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Where to find information about Grünberg and Rosenbaum relatives from Danzig?

My grandmother Dora Grünberg b. Danzig 11-Mar-1920 d. Perth 31-Jul-2016 came from Danzig to Australia when she was 16 and has very little knowledge of her families names or locations. Where is the ...
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Travel from Australia to Palestine, 1870s

In Looking for information about Anna Oldag (*10 Oct 1866 in Warmbrunn) I asked a number of questions about my great-grandmother Anna Minna Martha Oldag. I was advised I'd get better response by ...
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Locating plot of 1908 burial in the Necropolis of Sydney?

From his Funeral Notice in the Sydney Morning Herald that I found on Trove I know that my 2nd great grandfather Robert John Steven Sellers, who was visiting Sydney from Adelaide when he died on 18 Jan ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)?

Recently, I was able to obtain an image of a page from my grandmother's 1917 autograph book. Her name was Gwenyth Jean Stacy (born 16 Dec 1902 at St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia) and at the time ...
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Immigration Records for William Jacka circa 1860 to 1875 from England to Australia?

My GGGrandfather arrived in Australia somewhere between 1860 and 1875. His name is William Jacka. He was supposed to be travelling with his two brothers. We have newspaper reports of him in Bulli ...
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Tracing Hitchcox migration Liverpool-Adelaide in 1854 on ships Constance and Antelope?

My ancestors Thomas and Jane (nee Anslow) Hitchcox, aged 56 and 57 respectively, immigrated to South Australia in late 1854 with six offspring: Richmond (from Thomas' first marriage to Jane's ...
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Finding emigration records from UK to Australia for Annie Smith (1960-1977)?

My Great Grandmother emigrated to Australia from the UK after the death of her husband so that she could be closer to the majority of her children who had travelled there earlier. My Grand father ...
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Identifying whether Victorian Historical Death Record belongs to ancestor?

I am seeking verification of whether a Victorian Historical Death Record may be for Charles Templeman from my tree. Born England 1815 Married Jane Forrester Had 3 children Emma born England 1832 ...
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Transfering money between England and New South Wales (Australia) in 1850s?

I have the original Accounts Rendered document prepared in London, England for my GX3 Grandmother Mrs Kate Fitzmaurice and dated April 1851. This document shows the distribution of the estate of her ...
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What are the pros and cons of joining a Family History Society to advance my research?

I live in a town with a Family History Society and an Historical Society. The Family History Society aims include: conduct meetings organise guest speakers purchase of research resources for use in ...
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Who established the Wagga Country Fire Brigade?

I am seeking information on the Country Fire Brigade in New South Wales and in particular the establishment of the Wagga Wagga unit. This relates to my search for information on Thomas (Tot) Linsell (...
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Where do I find records for artist competitions from the 1880s?

Family writings describe Blanche Elliott Watson (Sydney, 9/5/1863 - 27/3/1919) as a good artist by the age of 17. It records how she beat close on a thousand competitors in "black and white" (pencil ...
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Why was the burial of a Bradley not registered at Bell cemetery?

Charles Vylett Rowland died on 7/1/1913 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He was buried in Bell cemetery and is noted as the first registered grave. However, a Bradley was buried there previously. ...
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Who would someone in convict shipping to Australia (ca 1830s-1840s) have worked for?

My great-great grandfather, Walter Cole, was born at Ottery St.Mary, Devon, England in 1810. The family oral history is he shipped convicts to Australia approximately in the 1830's and 1840's. He ...
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What convict records for Australia exist?

Esther Emma Leach, born Sydney 15/5/1824, may have been the daughter of a convict transported to Australia in 1813. How do I find convict records not from the first 3 fleets?
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Could these three personae be collapsed to a single individual?

I believe that the following represents a plausible case to describe the life of one man. William Harley (3) Married Margaret Heathwood(e) in Brisbane, Queensland 22 September 1863 (Reg# 1863/B671) ...
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Finding ship arrivals for Australia in the 1870s?

I am looking for information relating to the arrival of James DAY in Australia, probably with his wife Anna and four children, William and Isabel (by his first wife, Isabel Carey), and Lucy and Percy. ...
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How to preserve deteriorating gravestones, and enlist family support to do so?

My question relates to what can be done to preserve deteriorating gravestones of ancestors, particularly in a South Australian context. I already know it is important to locate and photograph them, ...
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Finding descendants of British great grand uncle who emigrated to Australia?

From Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s? I have received the information of the person with the possibility of great-grandfather. However, I ...
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Is there an alternative to the National Archive of Scotland for 19th century Scottish prison records?

The prison records for Scotland are available in the National Archives of Scotland. Are there alternative online sources for some of these? (I'm in Australia, so tripping to Edinburgh isn't an option ...
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Are South Australian Miners expected to appear in Boothby and later directories?

My 2nd great grandfather Edward Sleep, with his wife Charlotte Hancock, immigrated to Port Adelaide, South Australia aboard the William Prowse on 22 Sep 1853. Edward's occupation was recorded as ...
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Where was The Murray, South Australia?

My 2nd great grandparents Edward Sleep and Charlotte Hancock had their first child William Joseph born on 29 Dec 1854 in South Australia. The Place of Registration (Page: 207 Volume: 6) was given as ...
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Finding B.213 forms for Australian Nurse serving mainly in Egypt during World War I?

This is a follow on question from Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign? which could be referred to for additional background. My great grand aunt Eleanor ...
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Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign?

My great grand aunt Eleanor Bessie Stacy (1879-1925) was a World War I nurse with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and later the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). ...
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Finding record of under age World War I enlistment in South Australia?

We have a family story that my ancestor, Robert George Hitchcox, who was born 10 June 1900, enlisted in Adelaide (South Australia) for World War I, at the age of 15 or 16. The story has it that when ...
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Finding living individual from Queensland, Australia, when not much information is known?

I am working on an individual about whom very little is known. His daughter knows his name and is able to estimate his age. Our information doesn't really help us identify him well. He was born in ...
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Determining location/address of Robert John Steven Sellers in 1900 from Sands and Macdougall Directory for South Australia?

Relatively recently I have discovered what a wealth of information is available about my South Australian ancestors in the annual Boothby and then Sands and Macdougall Directories from 1864 to 1973 ...
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What might occupation of "public school" mean in 1885 Sands and Macdougall Directory (for South Australia)?

Below is an image from the Sands and Macdougall Directory in South Australia for 1885 which lists Sellars Louisa, public school, Hindmarsh on page 388/984. Hindmarsh is an inner suburb of Adelaide, ...
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Can a child of a living individual request a birth certificate from Queensland Australia?

I would like to have my mother in law's birth certificate. She lives across the country and is loosing her memory so it would be a big ask for her to get her birth certificate. And she doesn't have a ...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

My ancestor Phillip Post came to Australia from Eltville near Frankfurt in about 1860. He had a son Conrad from whom I know I descend. How would I discover the descendants of Phillip Post who ...
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How do I verify 2 William Watsons are the same person?

Bourne Russell captained the "Lady Rowena" to Australia in 1829. On board was an apprentice sailor named William Watson. How do I verify this William was the same William born to Bourne Russell and ...
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What proves a marriage?

My grandmother (deceased 1931) married in 1919 in Victoria, Australia. My mother tells how her mother forgot to register her marriage and when she remembered about it, it was decided they would not do ...
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Is a Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate a primary source?

Do I accept a Certified Document as a primary source and trust it outright or do I need to view the original the Document is transcribed from?
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How do I find death details for an individual where no current online record exists?

I am looking for the death details of a grandmother for a child in care. I have: the first and married name of the deceased the name of her surviving husband the approximate year of death (2009 - ...
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Which Australian collections should I search to find a person by her maiden name?

My great grandfather had four sisters, maiden name Belostotsky (Belostotskaya), who had lived in Berlin some time between 1900 and 1920, and subsequently emigrated. Three went to the US, one went to ...
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Are there online searchable Census Records for Australian states other than NSW?

At Ancestry.com there are searchable Census Records for New South Wales (NSW) but no other states - are these available elsewhere? I am particularly interested in any from South Australia (but other ...
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Are South Australian Electoral Rolls available to search online anywhere?

Ancestry.com has an Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 database that "contains selected Australian electoral rolls, with the exception of South Australia, that run from 1903-1980". I'm not sure ...