Unlock the Past Cruises

Online resources

Online resources


This presentation looks at the hundreds of millions of records currently available on findmypast.co.uk and how they can help you with your family history – records predominately covering England and Wales though you will find people from elsewhere as well in the passenger lists and other documents. It will also look at what is to come – more military records, Welsh parish records, workhouse records, and much more. Also a quick glimpse of the new site findmypast Ireland.

Create your own website

Other Notes: Under development

It is relatively easy to create your own website, either by using free blogging websites such as Blogger and Wordpress, or by using the software provided with most hosting plans. and the data created by your family tree program. You can write up your research, discuss your hobbies, publicise your family history society, whatever you like! 

Topics covered:

Researching NSW Land

Other Notes: One hour version is based on PowerPoint slides of screenshots. Can be extended with live demonstrations of online address and document searches and parish maps.

The NSW Lands Department holds many documents of interest to family historians, and many of them are available online. This talk will demonstrate the search for land titles, deeds, maps, plans and other documents by using the Lands Department website where possible and by visiting the Queens Square office in person when necessary.

Types of documents covered include:

  • Torrens Titles
  • 'Old System' deeds
  • Primary Applications and Deposited Deeds
  • Historical Parish Maps
  • Current Charting Maps
  • Crown Plans
  • Deposited Plans

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

ScotlandsPeople: The place to launch your Scottish research

ScotlandsPeople - what it is, what records are available, how to search effectively and what are the charges.

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

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