Research & records

Research & records

Blessed! The tricks and traps of church register research

As General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter edited every baptism, marriage and burial entry found in every surviving NSW church register for the years 1787 and 1830.  As a historian and researcher with more than 30 years experience in the industry, she has used church registers from all over the world. This seminar provides you with the skills to get the most out of these important registers, and helps you to learn the tricks and overcome the traps in their usage.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Norfolk Island 1st Settlement 1788 - 1814

The People of the Norfolk Island 1788 - 1814.
Includes Convicts, NSW Corps and free settlers, deaths and Headstones, resources for researchers

  • Victualling books
  • Population returns
  • Land grants
  • Shipping records
  • Journals and diaries
  • Musters
  • Baptism, burial and marriage records
  • Population returns and much more

Researching in Queensland

This presentation covers researching your family history in Queensland, the resources available both on and offline with a discussion on immigration and movement in Queensland and how this may affect your research.


Tracing your ancestors in colonial New South Wales

As the editor of many volumes of early colonial records, the author of three works of popular history revolving around stories from our colonial past, and previously the General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter is ideally suited to guide family historians in tracing their colonial ancestors. This seminar provides an overview of sources available for those living in Colonial New South Wales.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Old Sydney Burial Ground 1792 – 1820

Discover the history of the Old Sydney Burial ground (today the Sydney Town Hall) and the discovery of grave and headstones. Just who is buried there ... from Convicts ... free settlers  ... NSW Corps.

There are over 2500 people buried from 1792 - 1820.

What were the burial practices in NSW 1788 - 1820.


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