Subscriptions to online history and genealogy research sites are not cheap so it pays to know how to use them most effectively. Getting the most out of findmypast.com.au includes many examples and tips on how to achieve the most from your searches.
findmypast.com.au was launched in May 2010 - the latest addition to the brightsolid group which also includes ScotlandsPeople, findmypast.co.uk, 1911census.co.uk, ancestorsonboard.com and GenesReunited.
The ‘new kid on the block’ has a fantastically rich source of data to offer to Australian and New Zealand researchers - for both family and history users. Of the 35 million records currently available, most are not available elsewhere online. Where else can you search the full text of electoral rolls, government gazettes, police gazettes and uncover detailed descriptions of family and places? Are you related to the person with ‘dark eyebrows, keen eyes, thoughtful look, dent on nose, about half an inch from the end, rather large ugly mouth; dressed in black hat with crape, brown mixture overcoat, and shepherd’s plaid trousers’?
This is just the beginning – many more government gazettes, electoral rolls, directories and other exciting material will be coming online soon.
What data is available?
- Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- Directories & Almanacs
- Electoral Rolls & Censuses
- Family History & Biography
- Government Records
- Immigration Records
- Military Records
- Miscellaneous Records & Reference
- Probate, Land & Court Records
- Religious Records
- Social, Regional & General History
Types of data
- Structured data
- Unstructured data
How is it best to search?
- General principles
- Narrowing the scope of the search
- What happens if I find no records?
Viewing the search results
Browsing the data