South Australian births, deaths and marriages before 1842

South Australia Births, Deaths & Marriages

This week it’s like getting blood from a stone with South Australian births, death and marriages. (When only a few weeks ago, I did an article on Tasmania and wrote about the ease of finding records for family historians.)  It’s confusing, it’s frustrating and it is painstaking work. A lot … Continue reading

Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1803 to 1899


I have been amazed at the ease of my search for any Tasmanian records through their Names Index. At first, I thought I was being fooled by slick web pages and wondrous search filters. But I have kept on digging and have kept coming up happy. Obviously any digitalisation of … Continue reading

How to order a British birth, death or marriage certificate

How to order a British birth, death or marriage certificate may be a very basic task for a seasoned genealogist, but I think that if you are a beginner it’s a step that is all part of the learning process. It can seem very complicated when doing this for the … Continue reading

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