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Bearing arms for the King: tracing British military ancestors

Carol Baxter is the descendant of a First Fleet marine who later joined the NSW Corps, and of a British soldier who was taken prisoner during the American War of Independence, and has spent a considerable amount of time researching these ancestors. She has also examined military records in depth in her role as General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia. This seminar will provide an overview of military records available in Britain and Australia and guide you towards the sources you can readily access.  

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

Something from nothing: reading between the lines of military records

While General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter examined all the Muster Books and Pay Lists for Governor Macquarie’s 73rd Regiment of Foot, which served in New South Wales between 1810 and 1814. By examining the records of all the soldiers, rather than simply looking for information about an individual soldier, she made the astonishing discovery that she could determine a huge amount of information about the lives of the rank and file even when the lists themselves included no information against a particular soldier’s name.

Don’t assume! Dealing with errors in original records

While researchers have to assume that most historical records are accurate (or there would be little point in undertaking historical research), everyone makes mistakes, including those producing the historical records of interest. This seminar explores the subject of inaccuracies in original records and provides strategies for overcoming the problems they can create.

– 30/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

Finding your World War 1 ANZACs

Online resources for researching your ancestor who enlisted in World War 1 - whether in the Army, Navy, Flying Corps or Nursing Services. Also covered are resources for researching those who enlisted in the New Zealand or British services.

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