World Vital Records Australasia

Brick Wall Solutions - Searching for Smiths and Browns

by Mary Geiger

When talking recently to a friend about searching on World Vital Records, I said that I never search for my main family lines of Smith and Brown as they always produce way too many results.

My grandfather Neil Smith was born in North Barnawartha, Victoria in 1879 and he, along with one brother whom I thought was his brother George, were the only ones to come to Queensland.

World Vital Records – how to get better search results

World Vital Records Australasia has about 50 million names for Australia and New Zealand in a variety of databases. These include directories, government and police gazettes, some electoral rolls, death records, war records, regional and general histories and more. Some of these, especially for Queensland, are in structured databases. However 90% of the current Australasian content is scanned images of books and periodicals.

World Vital Records – subscriptions

This is the first of our blogs on World Vital Records Australasia. These will include announcements of major content additions and site developments as well as tips and advice to get the most out of the site. World Vital Records Australasia is now up for subscription and access to 50 million records for Australasia and over 1 billion world wide. However a little more fine tuning is being done before it is widely announced, hopefully in a few days.

First up an introduction to subscriptions. Three levels are offered:

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