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What's New?
A summary of the main additions (but you should also monitor individual pages and my other sites)

6 Oct 2015
  • Missing Friends records:  Almost 200 more names were added to this list today. They include people sought by relatives or friends; runaway children; wife/child deserters; absconders; etc.

  • Photos and sketches of people (from records in Archives).  More names were added today.
30 Aug 2015
  • 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!

  • Photos and sketches of people (from records in Archives).  Each photo is accompanied by biographical or background details that are superb for family history.

  • Names of 65 more women were added to the page about illegitimate children whose father is named in a document at the Archives. Some of those women were overseas (UK or NZ), but most lived in Australia.
29 Jul 2015
  • This Web site has 53,000 names from my indexes to original records in Archives. For many of those records, my copying service is up to 50% cheaper during August because it's National Family History Month. Details of this offer have just been added to Discounts and Freebies.

26 Jul 2015 6 Jun 2015
  • On 22 May 2015 I released an updated and expanded version of my mini-guide Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients.
18 May 2015
  • My Web site is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer; but I've made some changes to comply with Google's new 'mobile-friendly' requirements. I had to remove the top search box, but a link ('Search this site') at the top left of most pages now leads to a search box plus important tips.

  • More names were added to the page about illegitimate children whose father is named in archival records. Read the explanation carefully.

  • Names recently added to my Interim List include some for witnesses at inquests. The original records include a signed deposition in which the witness explains his/her involvement.
9 Apr 2015
11 Mar 2015
  • I am in the process of indexing 3 more sources for Queensland mental asylum patients. One includes people suspected of being mentally ill although they were not sent to an asylum. When I've indexed the new sources, links will be added to

  • Almost every day I share quick genealogy tips and links on my 'JudyQld' page. If a small pop-up window invites you to sign in, just close that and read the main page.
2 Sep 2014
  • There has been a huge amount of interest in my latest article, 'Use FreeBMD postems to find new relatives'.  It describes a simple strategy that has worked for me, so if any of your relatives were born, married or died in England or Wales from 1837 onwards, it may work for you too.
20 July 2014
  • 'Links' page updated with new recommendations.

  • I can now deliver some clients' research reports or document copies online via Dropbox.
7 Jun 2014 16 Feb 2014 8 Dec 2013
  • Suggested Reading:  I created a new Web page listing books / eBooks including genealogy guides, social histories and other background reading for family historians, and genealogical crime mysteries (fiction).

  • Genealogy updates by email:  A technical fault may mean that you are not receiving these now. To check, enter your address at 'Receive Updates' on UpdatesGenie (which replaced my newsletter) and 'Follow by email' on UK / Australia Genealogy, then 'submit' and follow instructions on the screen. New material was recently added to both sites.

  • Pages changed:  New information is on pages about hospital admission records and Police watchhouse records.
17 Oct 2013 29 Sep 2013
  • This site has had a makeover, and it has been expanded to 135 pages (plus my family tree). Note the 'Other suggestions' section near the bottom of many pages. Read the new site navigation tips.

  • My Web site has been at  (my own domain name) for more than a year, so the old site will cease to exist tomorrow. Please update your bookmarks and fix your ChangeDetection settings now!

  • If you have a Web site or blog that links to my site, update those links so that your visitors do not get a 'page not found' error message.

  • I recently added new material to 'Frequently Asked Questions'.
August 2013 18 July 2013
  • My article 'The Case of the False Identity', published in Inside History magazine, will have you looking at 19th century passenger lists in a new light.

  • Queensland Research Tips page has been updated with links to some immigration and electoral roll indexes that are now on the Internet.
5 July 2013 1 Jun 2013
  • My 'Queensland Genealogy' blog now has a section (in the sidebar) called 'Categories' (BDMs, Hidden treasures, Indexes, People (names), Places, Sources, Tips, Warnings, Websites). Click a category to see a page with all posts on that topic. See also the complete list of keywords at the bottom of that page.
22 Apr 2013 23 Aug 2012
  • Names recently added to my Interim List are for witnesses at inquests. The original records include a signed deposition in which the witness explains his/her involvement.
Aug 2011 Apr 2011
  • Updates Genie has now completely replaced my Newsflash page and email newsletter. It allows you to read my news on the Internet, or receive it by email, or subscribe to an RSS feed - all free of charge. Updates Genie will have genealogy news and tips from all over the world (Queensland, other Australian States, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA etc.) You will find out about indexes, Web sites, books, CDs, podcasts, record offices, research techniques, discounts and freebies, events such as family history fairs, seminars and conferences, and lots more. There will also be links to longer articles that I publish elsewhere on the Internet.
  • Last year I assumed the role of carer for my father so that he could continue to live in his own home. Sadly, he passed away a few months ago. I am slowly working my way through a backlog of research requests, although I am still looking after Dad's rural property part-time. Large attachments cause serious problems when I am away, so please check with me before sending email attachments.

  • Do you know Maria JONES? She sent a payment but did not tell me her postal or email address.

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My other genealogy sites have more advice, and more names from records in archives.

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