Grow a Family Tree


Grow a Family Tree: resources include starter kits and ideas on the web (type ‘free family history’ or similar phrases in any search engine); local historical societies — details from library or Council offices; visit the Migration Heritage Centre at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (33° 52′ 43″S, 151° 11′ 57″E); or contact Fellowship of First Fleeters, 105 Cathedral St., Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Both about 2 km from Macquarie Place — the start of the Great North Walk.

The Great North Walk Companion extract- pages 97-98

Claire is talking about the group and mentions how fortunate they believe themselves to be since they have large electronic databases pertaining to the births, deaths and marriages of both Australian and foreign individuals. They use these to help members to investigate the history of their family. In particular, the Group is pleased to have indexes for people in all States as well as some hardcopy registers of the Australian pioneers and early settlers as well as transcripts relating to many cemeteries nationwide. “Individual items look like this,” she adds, handing around a copy of a birth certificate.
“How would we start?” asks the lady whose family name is Brand.
“We have a quick question list to start all newbies,” says Claire. “Start with:
Do you know where your ancestors came from?
Are you aware that you have:
Four Grandparents!
Eight Great Grandparents and so on!
Do you know who they are?
Where they were born?
Where they died, or are buried?
Do you have convict ancestors?
Were any ancestors born interstate or overseas?
Did any of your ancestors serve in the Armed Forces?

There are also school records,” she adds. “As I mentioned before, Governor Macquarie started the school in Gordon in 1816 with a grant of ten pounds (a great deal of money back then). We can show you the article in the Sydney Gazette where it states that the school was for:
‘the cultivation of morals, and to improve the education of children of both sexes, as also to improve the females in their domestic duties’.
This school was important because it was the only one in the district until at least the 1850s. Although you can estimate how many migrant kids were educated when I tell you that, in 1840, William and Sarah Gunn were teaching a total of only 17 boys and 23 girls.”

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