Indexes to historical records & other sources for genealogy This site uses terms that appear in historical records. No offence is intended.
I index historical records (especially unusual sources that are superb for genealogical problem solving) and I list the names on this Web site. It already has about 70,000 names of people who were in Queensland, other parts of Australia and overseas. In 2022 I will continue some of the projects listed below, and I also hope to add more than 20,000 names from a new index to pre-1897 Queensland records that very few family historians have ever used.
Links below lead to lists of names and many source descriptions. Each page with names explains how to get copies of the original documents that I indexed.
You can also search my entire site (more than 140 pages) by entering a word in the search box.
My indexes to original historical records
Hospital admission registers. Often more accurate and more useful than certificates. Sometimes the only surviving source of immigration details. Lots of biographical data for local, interstate and overseas folk.
'Illegitimate Index'. Names of mothers and children for whom there is a historical document that names the child's biological father.
Old age pension records. Applicants granted a pension, and some who were rejected for being under age or other reasons. Gives place of residence for many people who were not on electoral rolls.
Insanity and Unsound Mind. I've indexed 59 series of records in which I've found information about people of unsound mind. Some (but not all) were in mental asylums (often only for a few weeks). A huge combined list (over 20,000 names) is now online! The index includes people who 'vanished' and patients with depression, head injury, epilepsy, alcoholism, congenital defects etc. Some records also have superb details about patient's relatives.
Neglected Children (plus orphans for whom I found information in sources other than orphanage records). Many children were sent to an orphanage when at least one parent was still alive.
Missing Friends records. People sought (for many reasons) by relatives or friends; runaway children; eloping daughters; wife/child deserters; absconders from reformatories or from employment; missing beneficiaries of wills; suspected bigamists; etc. The records have historical background, biographical details and/or physical descriptions. Most give the enquirer's name/address, and many say when/where the subject was found or last seen. Superb for family history!
Police Gazettes. Friends and relatives sought, missing persons, alleged offenders, prisoners, wife/child/ship deserters, victims of crime, etc. Many Police Gazette notices include a detailed physical description or a photograph.
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