Bird, Anderson and Edwards Families
I noted that corrections have kindly been made in some instances for these families in Sydney in 1800s. I am the great great grandaughter of Catherine Anderson and Thomas Bird, through the line of their daughter, Mary Anne Bird and son-in-law, William Edwards. I would be extremely interested to know if any of "the correctors" are related to me. Thankyou,
Julie Bates (nee Dunne)
Searching for your reles
I suppose there are many ways to go about the search for your long ago family. It is handy if you have an old mum or dad or aunt or uncle to get a hint of the skeletons in the cupboard. As well countries of origin may be obtained from living reles. "Familysearch" on the Internet can assist. You can put in what you know and then go back a generation and choose suitable candidates that match the knowledge of location, nationality etc. Births, Deaths and Marriages on the Internet help. You may purchase a record and glean information and then go back a generation if parent's names are available. Some musters and censuses are available on line in State Records and also convict records. In Ireland a lot of the records were destroyed when the Custom House burnt down, so Parish records may be the way to go. You can sign up to various genealogy sites, but of course that would cost. The State Library in Sydney has lots of information and also the Heritage Centre at Parramatta. Trove is a wonderful revealer of addresses of deceased. There are Messenger Boards on the Internet for various surnames. Just type in your surname and look for the relevant messenger board. I am sure there are miles of other ways to get started. I found a rel just with my previous message on this site and the assistance of a bright person who unravelled an Id for me. Once you start you will never finish. Best Wishes, Julie Bates
Searching for relatives:
If you need some instruction on how get started then a good thing to do is go along to your local Family History Society or Genealogicial Society, if you have one nearby. They will have very helpful volunteers that will start you off in the right direction. Most of these will require you to become a member of pay a one-off visitors fee.
However, before going along to one of these societies you need to document what you know first - draw up a rough family tree. The first step, as advised above, is to talk to your relatives and document everything they know as far back as their memory can take you. Then you can go along to a society well armed.
A source often overlooked by genealogists is the National Archives of Australia.
It has passenger lists of various kinds (not complete for all ports), the A42 alien passengers, naturalisation records, CSS-ASIO records, service in the armed forces (in war and peace). Names of applicants for government posts, licences, permits, patents, applications to sponsor migrants, etc.
(I found a record of my application for a government job, made in 1949, and the comments made about me. - I was too young.)