Posted by Miss W. on October 3, 2010
Miss W. loves doing research into her family tree. She has one side back into England with a birth in 1603 which is over 400 years ago. Miss W is a 9th great grandchild of Thomae Colgrave born in Bedfordshire, England.
The important thing, though, about researching your family history is to start with yourself and work backwards one generation at a time.
- Ask your parents and grandparents information about where they were born and when.
- Ask them about their parents, where and when they were married, when born, when died, where buried.
- Did anyone in the family take part in World War II or World War I?
- What was life like for them when growing up?
- What was school like?
- Did they have chores to do after school?
- What type of jobs did they have as an adult?
Fill in a family group sheet which you can print online from Ancestry.com Once you have information from a few generations back, fill in a pedigree sheet. Keep these handy with dates of births, deaths and marriages. Miss W already has some of these printed if you want to collect from her in ICT time.
If you have burials in the local community, check with Miss W as she has the cemetery CDROMs for the local area.
If you have a birth, death or marriage before 1900 in Tasmania, check with Miss W as she also has this on CDROM.
Some other useful websites for researching your family history :
- Cora Num website – 48 different lists of resources
- Archives of Tasmania - includes Tasmanian convicts, wills, divorces and family groups
- Tasmanian Genealogy – lots of different resources to use
- RootsWeb – check out the mailing lists and surname lists – Aus-Tasmania mailing list is fantastic – Miss W is a member if you want her to send out a message for you
- National Archives of Australia – immigration into Australia and war records
- Historic Australia Newspapers – from 1803 – 1954
If you have any other questions about resources that you could use, please leave a comment.