Buninet Genie Night
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The rapid expansion of genealogy as an absorbing interest is a worldwide phenomenon. To help those who would like to take up this pastime via the internet there are some good introductory websites.
If you don't have an internet connection at home or at work visit your local library or telecommunity centre and some kind person will help you with the technology.

What are your reasons for taking an interest in family history?
arrow.gif  the loss of a parent and realising that the family stories have been lost
arrow.gif  children doing a family tree school project
arrow.gif  knowledge of the family history can add greatly to a sense of self in place and time
arrow.gif  prompted by someone asking you for family details
arrow.gif  holding a family reunion
arrow.gif  going for a trip overseas and would like to visit the ancestral village
arrow.gif  a family story to be investigated
arrow.gif  hereditary medical conditions

You will be looking for a person in a particular place at a certain time
arrow.gif  an event could be a birth/christening, a marriage or a death/burial
arrow.gif  in a country, a state, a town/village
arrow.gif  a shipping arrival in Australia

Start record keeping with yourself
arrow.gif  full name
arrow.gif  date and place of birth
arrow.gif  marriage date and place
arrow.gif  spouse details and names of parents including mother's maiden surname
arrow.gif  children - full names, date and place of birth
arrow.gif  other information such as education, occupations, residences.

Work backwards in time
Fill in family group record sheets for your brothers and sisters, parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents and their siblings.

Be accurate in recording your information and sources
Keep a book for family history research and record exact details including reference numbers and page numbers. The importance of this will become evident as you go.

Decide which line to work on first - 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 gr gr grandparents, 32 gr gr gr grandparents, 64 gr gr gr gr grandparents ...

http://users.netconnect.com.au/~jburrell/tree.html
http://users.ncable.net.au/~jburrell/gen/index.html

Obtain certificates
Search BDM indexes for the registration number to reduce the cost then apply to Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. For Victoria follow the links from this website. (form also available from post office)

http://www.dvc.vic.gov.au/bdm.htm

If it all seems too hard
arrow.gif  take one simple step at a time, you will learn as you go
arrow.gif  join a family or local history society
arrow.gif  it can become a very absorbing interest
arrow.gif  consider paying a researcher

USING THE INTERNET FOR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

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Created : 24 April 2004
Last Modified : 7 April 2006
Email : jburrell@ncable.net.au
URL : http://users.ncable.net.au/~jburrell/link/buni.htm