In my previous interview with Adel Firth-Mason, we learned of her passion for delving into the past of her family. If you missed the interview just click here to read Genealogy – Growing Your Family Tree.
Now Adel shares with us her tips on starting the journey of discovery and growing your family tree.
Start the discussion
Speak to family members and talk about their memories from childhood, and stories from their own parents and grandparents.
Become a Super Sleuth
Obtain transcriptions or certificates of great grandparents and earlier (or more recent if you have no details) that will provide dates of events, and other information such as places of birth, names of children, parents’ names, etc.
Check Births, Deaths and Marriages online for years of events and districts (free for some states in Australia and a record can be purchased online from some states).
FamilySearch is also a free site especially useful for overseas Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) from early times. It is associated with the Latter Day Saints Church (as is Ancestry).
There is a privacy period, so most recent records might not be available, but for those who could vote in Australia in 1977: you will be there in the electoral rolls, and perhaps the marriages of your parents (in BDM online).
Check the TROVE site which allows you to view early newspapers and publications by typing in key words (it’s free). Type in WW1 and WW2 into your search engine for names of those who served, and view their records.
Utilise Social Media
Check Family History in locations on Facebook. Join Facebook groups – type in genealogy or DNA or family history, or Ancestry, or Family Tree, etc, and you will find a fantastic number to go through. Google is great for finding information too.
Subscribe to Genealogy Groups
Always double-check information provided with a secondary source if you can, as sometimes information can be incomplete e.g. a placename might only be the country of origin whereas another record will include the county, or it could be misspelt, or information might be omitted, and so on.
And Adel’s Main Tip?
Expect the unexpected! Be open to adventures that unravel and reconstruct the lives of your own ancestors, and of whose DNA you are made. Anticipate brick walls sometimes, but know there will be many times of revelation and excitement in the journey of finding out your own personal family’s past.
In the final post of this Genealogy series, Adel discusses DNA testing in your quest to find out where you came from.
Now time to use your investigative skills and start growing your family tree!
Let’s Keep Sizzling!