It came as a surprise to be asked to facilitate a beginners family history course. It seems our local neighbourhood centre are quite keen to see a course offered that starts with the basics of sound research with a view to providing an ongoing family history study group.
Researching family history is a pasttime that’s attracting more and more people – especially with the increasing amount of material available online making research far easier.
Is it easier? Or is it just more convenient? Some online providers would have you believe its simply a matter of typing in your name and off you go. Given that the basic records of births, deaths and marriages within Australia are embargoed, its highly unlikely you will find your own birth listed unless you are a centenarian!
Some of us of a certain age may, however, find the notice of our arrival in that wonderful resource known as TROVE.
Type in your name in the Trove search box and it may just pop up in one of the hundreds and thousands of digitised newspapers now fully searchable via the website of the National Library of Australia. This is certainly easier that scrolling through miles and miles of michrofiched newspapers in the Library’s Reading Rooms.
One of the research skills I plan to cover in the course is how to access and use newspapers – TROVE and the NZ equivalent, PapersPast will both feature strongly.