Family History for Beginners and Beyond

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Media: BOOK - spiral, 310 pages
Author: Ed. D. O'Neill
Year: 2020
ISSN: 1329-9999
Other: 16th ed., b&w & colour sketches, maps, index
Publisher: Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra

Family History for Beginners and Beyond has a long history dating back to 1981 when it began as a series of notes for the annual course given by the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. In 1985 it was converted to book form, and the 1st edition of Family History for Beginners was printed. Now 35 years, they are up to the 16th edition. And it is one that everyone researching their Australian roots should have as a reference guide.

Not only does it contain extensive references for beginners and for the more experienced family historian, but it is also a practical guide to help readers trace their ancestry and family story.  

The new edition builds on these solid foundations and includes five new chapters – Australian land records, Chinese Australian ancestors, DNA, Military records, and Writing your story. Produced as B5 size so it fits easily in your shelf, and spiral bound for ease of reading revised, updated and new material. 

Whether you are beginning your research into Australian ancestry, or are beyond the basics, this book is an invaluable reference guide for any family historian.

Edition history
1. Where do I begin?
2. Being organised
3. Genealogy websites
4. DNA
5. Libraries and archives
6. Births, death and marriages in Australia
7. Passenger lists and immigration
8. Researching convict ancestors
9. Indigenous family history research
10. Early free settlers
11. Military records
12. Digging deeper
13. Wills and probate records
14. Australian land records
15. Old photographs
16. Ancestors in New Zealand
17. Ancestors in England and Wales (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
18. Ancestors in Scotland
19. Ancestors in Ireland
20. Chinese Australian ancestors
21. Ancestors in Continental Europe
 - French Revolution (1789)
 - Basic preparation
 - FamilySearch and LDS
 - Other sources for overseas research
 - Austrian Empire
 - Austria
 - Czech and Slovak Republics
 - Poland
 - Slovenia
 - Hungary
 - Croatia
 - Romania
 - Germany
 - Russia
 - Estonia
 - Latvia
 - Lithuania
 - Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica)
 - France
 - Portugal
 - Greece
 - Italy
 - Netherlands
 - Belgium
 - Scandinavia
 - Norway (Norge/Noreg)
 - Sweden (Sverige)
 - Finland (Suomi)
 - Iceland (Island)
22. Writing your story
23. What next?
Appendix 1. Civil registration regions
Appendix 2. Chapman codes
Appendix 3. Archive addresses
Appendix 4. Family history societies
Appendix 5. Libraries
Appendix 6. Cemeteries
 - DNA
 - Convict
 - Early free settlers
 - Military
 - Main glossary

1 Review
  • Family History for Beginners

    Posted by Chris Milne on 8th Feb 2022

    Outstanding - very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in tracing their family history.

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