Australia & New Zealand
Common Australian Surnames & Their Meanings
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Top Databases & Web Sites for Australian Genealogy
Begin your search for your Australian roots with this collection of outstanding online databases, indexes and digitized records focused on genealogy in Australia.
Convicts to Australia
From the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay in 1788, Australia and New Zealand have an 80-year history of convict transportation and settlement. About 162,000 convicts to Australia
Australian Gold Rush Immigrants
Research immigrants who arrived in Australia during the peak years of the Australian gold rush, including the Victorian Gold Rush and the gold rush in New South Wales. If your ancestor arrived in Australia during the 1850s or in Western Australia during the 1890s, you may have a digger in your family tree!
How to Locate Australian Wills
Wills and probate packets in Australia can often be a gold mine for learning more about your Australian ancestors. Learn where and how to locate wills and probate records for each Australian state, including links to online indexes and wills.
Australia Military Records
Research your Australian military ancestor with these online databases and offline sources for Australians in the Army, including Imperial Forces (1788-1870), Local Colonial Forces (1854-1901) and Commonwealth Military Forces (1901 to present), as well as the Australian Navy.
New South Wales Genealogy Databases & Digital Records Online - New South...
Research and explore your New South Wales, Australia genealogy and family history online with these online New South Wales genealogy databases, indexes and digitized records collections - many of them free! Includes birth, death, marriage and cemetery records for Sydney and other locations around New South Wales, plus census records, incoming...
Archives Office of Tasmania
This wonderful archives site includes a searchable index to Tasmanian wills and probate records, as well as an index to naturalization applications by non - British subjects for the period 1835-1905. Also included are an index to census records, Tasmanian photographs and a Colonial Tasmanian family links database.
Australasian Assoc. of Genealogists & Record Agents
Includes a member directory, information on the difference between a genealogist and a record agent, tips on making requirements understood, and the code of ethics required of members.
Australia Births, Deaths, and Marriage Exchange
A free resource for researchers to share information on births, deaths, & marriages registered in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
FamilySearch Research Outline - Australia
An outstanding compilation of research strategies and resources that can help you learn more about your Australian ancestors. From the LDS FamilySearch Web site.
Guide to Australian Genealogy Records
Addresses and links for genealogical archives, libraries and other repositories of Australian genealogical records arranged by state or territory. From the Australia Family History Compendium.
Internet History Resources
Over 10,000 images of original documents online. Requires membership. The link above takes you to the list of available resources. A few sample items available free.
National Archives of Australia
The Archives of the Commonwealth government, therefore the records date mostly from Federation in 1901. An excellent online overview of their records for genealogists.
National Archives of New Zealand - Remote Research Service
A list of free and charged search services offered by the archives. They accept both written and emailed requests for record copies and other research.
Oral History & Folklore - National Library of Australia
Expand your Australian family history with this collection of over 58,000 oral history interviews and folk recordings, an electronic guide to Australian oral history collections, and how-to information for conducting your own oral history.