Parish records date back to 1538

Parish Chest
Photo by Richard Croft

Before civil registration, records were held in the parish of our ancestors, or the church that was in charge of their neighbourhood/ village/ hamlet. The records were created by the clergy and the parish officers who were responsible for looking after the parish. It become compulsory to keep records from … Continue reading

Ten interesting things about census in Australia

1828 census example

When doing genealogy, a census is a great wealth of information. However in Australia, our census hasn’t provided us with the wealth of information that other countries have. It was really a task in counting off convicts initially and making sure there was enough rations.  Then there is the fact … Continue reading