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Australian: Local History and Regional Sources
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This course includes newspapers, maps, directories & almanacs, electoral rolls, government records, local council records, sewerage and utilities, libraries, universities and museums, cemeteries, local area studies, including regional histories, business records, membership records, and records relating to land and its uses.

A study of local history informs us about how our ancestors lived as part of a community as well as where they lived. This course first examines the records that can identify those locations, and then proceeds to the regional sources that allow us to see ancestors in the context of where they lived and who lived near them and what that can tell us about their lives.

Some of these sources include lists of names, while others provide background information about places as well as the lives of the people who lived and worked there.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• Websites
 
Introduction to Local Sources
• Websites
 
Searching Tips
Remote Access to Records
 
Sources for Local History
• Email Mailing Lists
• FamilySearch
• Ancestry.com.au
• FindMyPast
 
Historical Background
• Federation
• 1901 to 1945
• After World War II
 
Where is it?
Newspapers
 

Module 2
Determine Where They Lived
• Websites
• Suggested Book
 
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
• Australian Capital Territory
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Divorce Records
Inquests
Probate: Wills and Intestacies
Cemeteries
 
Directories and Almanacs
• New South Wales
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Electoral Rolls
Census
Immigration and Naturalisation Documents
Convicts and Criminals
Military Records and Soldier Settlement
 

Module 3
State & Territory Government Records
• Websites
• Suggested Books
• Suggested eBooks
 
Government Gazettes
 
Colonial Secretaries
• New South Wales
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Western Australia
 
Transport
 
Education
• New South Wales
• Australian Capital Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Health and Welfare
• New South Wales
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Occupations
Law and Order
Indigenous Records
 

Module 4
Municipal and Community Records
• Websites
• Suggested Books
 
Local Government Authorities and Libraries
Regional Archives
Community Centres
Public Utilities
Clubs, Societies and Charities
Places of Worship
Business Records
Resources within the Home
 

Module 5
Local Histories
• Websites
• Suggested Books
 
Historical and Genealogical Societies
Local Museums
 
Local Histories
• Australian Capital Territory
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
School Histories
Images
Oral History
 

Module 6
Places
• Websites
• Suggested Books
 
Land Records
• Australian Capital Territory
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Suggested Reading
Additional Websites
 
Appendix
• Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office - Private Researchers
• South Australian District Registers
 
 

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