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Postby ahh1952 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:03 am

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I am trying to trace Joseph, Harriet, Francis (Frank), Mary and David Eaton's family or descendants. They were from Liverpool, England and emigrated to Australia. I have found them on the ships lists (on Ancestry.co.uk). All except Frank went over to Brisbane, Queensland November 1947 on a ship called the Ormonde. Frank went over on a ship called the Strathallan in June 1939

I have also found Harriet and David's application for Assisted passages (Joseph went over on full fare) and Mary's application for free passage under the Ministry of Labour and National Service Settlement application for ex service men and women (both on the National Archives of Australia). There was an address on both Harriet and Mary's application for where they would be living when they arrived in Australia in a place called Balford, Mitchell, Queensland.

A family source thought that Joseph might have became a rancher in Sugar Loaf in Queensland. I don’t know if this is true or even if the place exists today.

Now I am stuck and don't know how to find out if any of the family have survived or if they have any descendants or where they might have gone after arriving in Australia. Can anyone supply any information on how I should go about finding out about births, deaths or marriages after they arrived in Australia on the internet or any other way?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby paulberyl » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:36 pm

Some good internet sites that provide details of what Australian records exist and where these can be accessed (and whether they are available online) are:

[link=http://www.coraweb.com.au/bdmaut.htm]http://www.coraweb.com.au/bdmaut.htm[/link] (Births, marriages and deaths)

[link=http://www.genealogylinks.net/australia/index.html]http://www.genealogylinks.net/australia/index.html[/link] (Genealogy links)

[link=http://www.jaunay.com/auscensus.html]http://www.jaunay.com/auscensus.html[/link] (Censuses but visit the home page for additional information).

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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby ahh1952 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:40 pm

Thanks Paul for this information. Do you know any sites that would have information about my family after 1947?

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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby paulberyl » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:30 pm

Hi Ann,

Somebody reading this in Australia may be able to give you a more accurate reply than me. I believe that you are going to hit closure problems in searching for people after 1947. The first web site I mentioned provides details of closure periods for births, marriages and deaths in each state (they do vary between states). As far as censuses are concerned I read somewhere (but I cannot remember where) that all 20th century censuses were destroyed, or at least all personal information pulped, to protect people's privacy. As regards the 2001 and 2006 censuses Australians could opt to have their personal information kept as part of the Census Time Capsule. However this information is closed for 99 years and will not be released until 2100 and 2105 respectively.

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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby ahh1952 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:10 am

Hi Paul
Thanks for replying anyway. The websites you mentioned were interesting and any information is helpful.

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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby Sylcec » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:10 pm

[size="2"][font="verdana"]Have you thought of simply trying the on-line telephone directory- <www.whitepages.com.au> to see if you can identify them in the expected area?
They may be listed on electoral rolls but that would need someone to go and personally look at the microfiche collection.
Unfortunately the searchable indexes of births, marriages and deaths for Queensland only go up to 1929, though for anyone interested this is the site: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/829.htm
You may need to contact a local researcher in Queensland, you could try through one of the family history societies, such as http://www.gsq.org.au/ or http://www.qfhs.org.au/
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RE: Australian Ancestors

Postby ahh1952 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:43 pm

Hi Sylvia

Thanks for this information. I will try the links you gave me. Here's hoping.

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