Friday 27 January 2017

Australian additions to FindmyPast

Latest additions to FindmyPast (

Victoria Petty Sessions registers

The Victoria Petty Sessions registers contain over 3 million records that will allow you to find out whether any of your Australian ancestors had a brush with the law. The Court of Petty Sessions was created to hear minor criminal cases such as those involving drunkenness, criminal damage and theft. These cases, brought before a magistrate, would usually not involve a jury.

Queensland Custom House Shipping 1852-1885 passengers and crew

Search over 107,000 records from the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) to discover the names of the passengers and crew of 485 inward ship voyages from 1852 to 1885. These transcripts list information from taken from original do
cuments held by the National Archives of Australia and will allow you to discover your ancestor's age, nationality, occupation, date & port of arrival, date & port of departure and the name of the ship they sailed on.

PERSI Quarterly Index Update

Over 14,600 articles from 46 assorted titles have been added to the Periodical Source Index this month. The new additions have been made to a variety of English, Scottish and American publications including Family History Society Journals, Local histories and family history periodicals.


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