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Australian: Church Records
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This course examines religious resources that are available in Australia. Major emphasis has been placed on Christianity and the various church records available for the main Christian denominations in Australia. Parish records such as baptisms, marriages and burials and other lesser known church records are examined. Religions other than Christianity are also looked at briefly as Australia has been a multicultural country since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction to Church Records
Terminology
Brief History of Religion in Australia
Brief Timeline 1788-1859
 
What are Religious Records?
• General Interest in Religious Records
 
Why Look For Church Records?
 
What Church and Where?
• Establishing What Church
 
Subscription Databases
Summary
 

Module 2
Original Church Records
Websites
Introduction
Guides and Indexes
Portal Websites
Library Catalogues
Religious and Church Archives
 
Finding an Archive
• Anglicans
• Roman Catholics
• Lutherans
 
Parish and Other Church Records
• New South Wales
• Victoria
• Tasmania
• Queensland
 
• Baptist
• Roman Catholic
• Methodist
• Presbyterian
• Uniting Church
• Lutheran
• Quakers
• Jewish
 
• South Australia
• Western Australia
• Northern Territory
• Australian Capital Territory
 
Summary
 

Module 3
Church Publications
Websites
Introduction
What are church publications?
Church Newspapers, Journals and Magazines
Religious, Denominational and Individual Church Histories
National
New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia
Academic Publications
Online Histories
Summary

Module 4
Other Resources
Websites
Introduction
Newspapers
Photographs
Historical Societies, Museums and Professional Associations
 
Religious Historical Societies and Museums
• Baptists
• Salvation Army
 
Local Historical Societies and Museums
• Church of England
• Methodist
• Congregational
• Presbyterian
• Roman Catholic
 
Genealogy and Family History Societies
Religious Professional Associations
Summary
 

Module 5
RECORDS FOR CHURCH PEOPLE
Websites
Introduction
 
Church Occupations
• General Resources
 
Specific Resources by Religious Groups
• Anglicans (Church of England)
• Baptists
• Methodists
• Presbyterians
• Roman Catholics
 
MultiWorks
Women in Church
Temperance Movements
Summary
 

Module 6
Non-Christian Religions
Websites
Introduction
 
Resources for Non-Christian Ancestors
• Archives
• Libraries
• Specialist Websites
• Digitised Newspapers
• Photographs
 
Indigenous Australians
 
Judaism
• Jewish Societies
 
Buddhism
Hinduism
Sikhs
Islam
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Summary
 
Suggested Reading & Resources
• Newspapers, Periodicals, Almanacs and Directories
• Microforms
• CD-ROMs and DVDs
• Books
• Journal Articles
 
 

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