Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Fh Draft Nov 04


Published on

Published in: Technology
  • Login to see the comments

  • Be the first to like this

Fh Draft Nov 04

  1. 1. Family History & the Internet
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To gain a basic understanding of family history research </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of the types of information available online for family history research </li></ul><ul><li>To gain greater confidence in placing web resources in a relevant context of other information sources </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of State Library’s resources and services for family historians </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Key features of the activities will be to explore: </li></ul><ul><li>State Library as a starting point </li></ul><ul><li>The major sites researchers can use </li></ul><ul><li>The location & evaluation of information </li></ul><ul><li>The qualities of a good family history web site </li></ul><ul><li>Exercises to compare experiences & share expertise </li></ul>
  4. 4. Material on the Internet <ul><li>Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Extracts of data </li></ul><ul><li>Information about libraries, archives, societies </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide communication </li></ul><ul><li>Complete, costly databases are usually not free on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable research usually requires print, microform & other electronic resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information genealogists want <ul><li>Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Sources of information </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with fellow genealogists </li></ul><ul><li>Specific information related to personal family history </li></ul><ul><li>Useful records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseas, national, regional & local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipping </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How to trace your family tree <ul><li>Family History defined: </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical research into one’s forebears with the object of compiling a narrative history of the family </li></ul><ul><li>Should place the members of the family in their historical, geographical, social & occupational contexts & describe their activities & the lives they lived </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzhugh, Terrick (1998) Dictionary of Genealogy (5 th ed) </li></ul><ul><li>London: A & C Black </li></ul>
  7. 7. Family tree: the first step <ul><li>Trace back from yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Use a pedigree chart & family group sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Use birth, death & marriage records </li></ul><ul><li>Exhaust Australian sources before doing overseas research </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a record of all sources used, your purpose & result </li></ul>
  8. 8. Births, Deaths & Marriages <ul><li>QLD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexes not going online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NSW: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free indexes online but incomplete & “clunky” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original church registers to 1856 on film at SLQ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tasmanian archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colonial Tasmanian Family Links a project with genealogists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some errors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Victoria & Scotland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fee for index searching </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Shipping & emigration <ul><li>Only indexes of official passenger lists are online </li></ul><ul><li>State records of NSW </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Passenger lists to Victoria </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Other shipping material: </li></ul><ul><li>Perth Dead Persons Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li> - some errors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild </li></ul><ul><ul><li> – incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Australian National Maritime Museum </li></ul><ul><ul><li> - useful guides & ship’s picture index </li></ul></ul>Shipping & emigration
  11. 11. <ul><li>State Records of NSW </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a useful index to convicts but incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dead Persons Society Perth </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some good material on WA </li></ul></ul>Convicts
  12. 12. <ul><li>Australian War Memorial </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nominal roles, citations, photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth War Graves </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information on the Commonwealth dead from WW1 & WW2 </li></ul></ul>Military
  13. 13. <ul><li>Rootsweb </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American but a significant Australian presence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First Families </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifially Australian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available to Dec 2004 only </li></ul></ul>Names
  14. 14. <ul><li>LDS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>indexed, world-wide church records but incomplete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web sites & members contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GENUKI: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British, well organised </li></ul></ul>Significant Internet sites
  15. 15. <ul><li>Cyndi’s List: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>huge, searchable, up-to-date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Sites for Genealogists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a good start for Australians </li></ul></ul>Significant Internet sites
  16. 16. <ul><li>Use email </li></ul><ul><li>Allow those with specific interests to share information </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites are dedicated to collecting lists </li></ul><ul><li>A list is often linked to a site of specific interests </li></ul>Discussion lists
  17. 17. <ul><li>Cyndi’s list – provides a number of reviews & comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Louis Kessler – extensive coverage & comparison charts </li></ul><ul><li>Family records software guide – clear explanation of options </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements for family history program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanners Digital camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photoshop Colour printer </li></ul></ul>Software
  18. 18. <ul><li>Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate citation </li></ul><ul><li>Truthful, substantiated records </li></ul>Ethical issues
  19. 19. <ul><li>Connecting Queensland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support from State Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listing in State Library’s database of sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra services for your website </li></ul></ul>Web publishing
  20. 20. <ul><li>The Internet is dynamic: expanding, changing, transient </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge for library staff is to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain a discerning overview of a range of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critically evaluate what is available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist clients with the best information sources in all formats </li></ul></ul>Conclusion