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Fh Draft Nov 04

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Fh Draft Nov 04

  1. 1. Family History & the Internet
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To gain a basic understanding of family history research </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of the types of information available online for family history research </li></ul><ul><li>To gain greater confidence in placing web resources in a relevant context of other information sources </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of State Library’s resources and services for family historians </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Key features of the activities will be to explore: </li></ul><ul><li>State Library as a starting point </li></ul><ul><li>The major sites researchers can use </li></ul><ul><li>The location & evaluation of information </li></ul><ul><li>The qualities of a good family history web site </li></ul><ul><li>Exercises to compare experiences & share expertise </li></ul>
  4. 4. Material on the Internet <ul><li>Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Extracts of data </li></ul><ul><li>Information about libraries, archives, societies </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide communication </li></ul><ul><li>Complete, costly databases are usually not free on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable research usually requires print, microform & other electronic resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information genealogists want <ul><li>Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Sources of information </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with fellow genealogists </li></ul><ul><li>Specific information related to personal family history </li></ul><ul><li>Useful records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseas, national, regional & local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipping </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How to trace your family tree <ul><li>Family History defined: </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical research into one’s forebears with the object of compiling a narrative history of the family </li></ul><ul><li>Should place the members of the family in their historical, geographical, social & occupational contexts & describe their activities & the lives they lived </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzhugh, Terrick (1998) Dictionary of Genealogy (5 th ed) </li></ul><ul><li>London: A & C Black </li></ul>
  7. 7. Family tree: the first step <ul><li>Trace back from yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Use a pedigree chart & family group sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Use birth, death & marriage records </li></ul><ul><li>Exhaust Australian sources before doing overseas research </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a record of all sources used, your purpose & result </li></ul>
  8. 8. Births, Deaths & Marriages <ul><li>QLD: www.justice.qld.gov.au </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexes not going online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NSW: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free indexes online but incomplete & “clunky” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original church registers to 1856 on film at SLQ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tasmanian archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colonial Tasmanian Family Links a project with genealogists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some errors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Victoria & Scotland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fee for index searching </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Shipping & emigration <ul><li>Only indexes of official passenger lists are online </li></ul><ul><li>State records of NSW </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.records.nsw.gov.au </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Passenger lists to Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/index_search.asp?searchid=23 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Other shipping material: </li></ul><ul><li>Perth Dead Persons Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.perthdps.com/index.html - some errors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.immigrantships.net – incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Australian National Maritime Museum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.anmm.gov.au/lib/subject.htm - useful guides & ship’s picture index </li></ul></ul>Shipping & emigration
  11. 11. <ul><li>State Records of NSW </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.records.nsw.gov.au </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a useful index to convicts but incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dead Persons Society Perth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.perthdps.com/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some good material on WA </li></ul></ul>Convicts
  12. 12. <ul><li>Australian War Memorial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.awm.gov.au </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nominal roles, citations, photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth War Graves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.cwgc.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information on the Commonwealth dead from WW1 & WW2 </li></ul></ul>Military
  13. 13. <ul><li>Rootsweb </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.rootsweb.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American but a significant Australian presence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First Families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.firstfamilies2001.net.au </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifially Australian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available to Dec 2004 only </li></ul></ul>Names
  14. 14. <ul><li>LDS: www.familysearch.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>indexed, world-wide church records but incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web sites & members contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GENUKI: www.genuki.org.uk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British, well organised </li></ul></ul>Significant Internet sites
  15. 15. <ul><li>Cyndi’s List: www.cyndislist.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>huge, searchable, up-to-date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Sites for Genealogists: www.coraweb.com.au </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a good start for Australians </li></ul></ul>Significant Internet sites
  16. 16. <ul><li>Use email </li></ul><ul><li>Allow those with specific interests to share information </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites are dedicated to collecting lists </li></ul><ul><li>A list is often linked to a site of specific interests </li></ul>Discussion lists
  17. 17. <ul><li>Cyndi’s list – provides a number of reviews & comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Louis Kessler – extensive coverage & comparison charts </li></ul><ul><li>Family records software guide – clear explanation of options </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements for family history program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanners Digital camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photoshop Colour printer </li></ul></ul>Software
  18. 18. <ul><li>Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate citation </li></ul><ul><li>Truthful, substantiated records </li></ul>Ethical issues
  19. 19. <ul><li>Connecting Queensland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support from State Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listing in State Library’s database of sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra services for your website </li></ul></ul>Web publishing
  20. 20. <ul><li>The Internet is dynamic: expanding, changing, transient </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge for library staff is to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain a discerning overview of a range of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critically evaluate what is available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist clients with the best information sources in all formats </li></ul></ul>Conclusion