September Newsletter

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Welcome to our September newsletter, and welcome spring! It is such a lovely time of year when nature looks and smells so fresh and it always brings back memories of childhood. Does this time of the year remind you of family times from the past? We would love to hear about your search for your family history.

These are exciting times at the moment with our sister-site, releasing one million Merchant Navy Seaman Records online for the first time ever. We have already had many positive responses and success stories to these new records. Read the article below for more information on these new records.

We also have some great news about our new site coming later this year, read below for more information.

This month we put the spotlight on Queensland State Electoral Roll 1915 and Queensland Railway Employees 1889-1940. See below for more information.

The New Zealand Family History Fair was a great success! Read on for a brief review of the event.

Please remember to enter our competition below for your chance to win a copy of the fabulous book History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand, details below.

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Spotlight on Queensland State Electoral Roll 1915

Using electoral rolls is an important part of the process for people researching family history. As enrolment is compulsory for all eligible voters (with the exception of Norfolk Island) there is a strong chance that a person can be located. These particular electoral rolls will help anyone trying to track down an ancestor in Queensland in 1915.

Electoral rolls are so important for anyone searching for their family history. As census data is not always available electoral rolls are certainly the next best thing to aid your search. With 889,740 records in this data set, it really is worth its weight in gold!

Start searching today and see what you discover!

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Spotlight on Queensland Railway Employees 1889-1940

These records are an index to the employees of the Queensland Railways between 1889 and 1940. The records track the career of approximately 370,000 people, covering the entire career of many railway employees. It gives the name, age (from 1899), position, branch/office, and railway/division for each person employed in the railway service in Queensland.

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One million 20th Century UK Merchant Navy Seaman Records released

For the first time ever the UK Merchant Navy Seaman records have gone online. Thousands of these merchant seamen were recorded as being born in Australia and New Zealand.

The records are index cards which the Registrar General of Shipping and Seaman used between the two world wars to produce a centralised index of merchant seamen serving on British merchant navy vessels. They cover the period 1918-1941.

These records are very helpful for any family historian as they include biographical information such as name and date of birth, and in the most complete records this may also include detailed descriptions such as eye and hair colour. In some cases other information such as discharge number, health insurance number, address of kin, official vessel numbers and signing-on dates, a photograph, and a signature of the seamen. They also contain vivid and unusual details such as scars and tattoos.

We found Australian born James Barker, who was listed as a Greaser. James had a tattoo on his right arm of the Australian coat of arms and a kangaroo on his left arm, how very Australian! These rarely seen photos of the mariners mean you can see what your seafaring ancestors looked like for the first time - a real achievement for any family historian.

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Competition - Win a copy of History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand

  Answer the question below for your chance to win a copy of the fabulous book History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand

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   Ask a question now How many records does the New South Wales Government Gazette 1850 have? Search for the answer.   
August's Question - 'What year was 'New Zealand Emigration and Gold Fields' published?' - This was correctly answered with '1853' and won by Joan Jerzyna. Congratulations to Joan who won a 12 month subscription to
   If you are interested in history or genealogy, you will want to get your hands on this book. It contains many useful and interesting articles, a directory of organisations and suppliers, advertising for organisations and suppliers, and hundreds of dollars' worth of discounts. A big thank you to Gould Genealogy and History for offering this great prize to share with you!

New website coming soon!

We are excited to announce that later this year we are launching our new and improved website. The new site will include many new features to make searching for your family history easier and more enjoyable! And what is really exciting is that we will also be doubling the existing number of records currently available meaning there will be a whole lot more information to help you with your research! To keep up to date with news about the new site please 'Like' our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

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New Zealand Family History Fair, August 2011

In August we were proud to be the major sponsors of the New Zealand Family History Fair in Hamilton, New Zealand. The fair is one of the largest Family History Fairs in Australasia, with 54 exhibitors and 38 seminars. It was a great success with many people attending the event.

There were many positive stories of people making connections with family members for the first time at the fair. We heard of one story in particular where a family met by chance after searching for the same thing at the same stand within 10 minutes of each other, pure serendipity!

All in all it was a great success for the fair organisers and for We look forward to attending the fair again next year on August 3-4.

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