Research Guides

Here are the results of our 9th Unlock the Past poll. 114 people voted, casting a total of 857 votes. A number of new guide books are well advanced and should start appearing from March this year onwards. Many of Shauna's articles are now being published by Australian Family Tree Connections magazine and in other society journals.

What research guide books/booklets would you like to see published?

Research Guide                                # votes          % voters

  • Australian sources on the web                 63               55.3%
  • business & employment (by industry)        24               21.1%
  • church records (by denomination)            81               71.1%
  • civil registration                                      62               54.4%
  • criminals, asylums, convicts                      63                55.3%
  • directories & almanacs                            54                47.4%
  • gazettes, parliamentary papers                 41               36.0%
  • land records                                          75               65.8%
  • local government records                        57               50.0%
  • military records                                      46                40.4%
  • mining records                                       49               43.0%
  • New Zealand sources on the web            29                25.4%
  • newspapers & periodicals                         69               60.5%
  • probate records                                     75               65.8%
  • regional repositories & records                  55               48.2%
  • don't see a need for any                           1                0.9%
  • other                                                    13               11.4%

Other suggestions

  • church records - all denominations!        
  • clear guide to groups who arrived when and from where and why        
  • obituaries        
  • early maps of owned properties if charted        
  • education records        
  • Genealogical Research Directory
  • electoral rolls        
  • shipping        
  • all publishing should be now on the web        
  • 1828 census and all other muster/census   
  • hotels and public houses        
  • anglican and non denominational parish records        
  • anything on Australia (especially NSW) and New Zealand - especially web resources and out of print items  

Where the voters came from

  • Australia - 109
  • Ireland - 1
  • New Zealand - 1 
  • United States - 1
  • Unknown - 2
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