Monday, March 31, 2008

Victorian Cemetery records on Ancestry

I was thrilled to learn that there is more Australian content on Ancestry.
The latest offering is
Victoria, Australia Rural Cemetery Records, 1836-1988
This database contains headstone transcriptions from several cemeteries in rural Victoria and a few cemeteries in New South Wales. Records cover death dates of 1836-1988. Information listed in this database includes:
name of deceased,
age at time of death,
Estiamted birth year
death date,
burial date,
name of cemetery buried in,
State in which the cemetery is located. This database was obtained from the Australian Institute of Genealogy Studies (AIGS). One of the other things this database lists is whether there is any additional information available on the original transcription. If there is, this additional information may be obtained by personal research at the AIGS library (which is free for members) or by writing to the Institute and having someone look it up for you (a fee will be charged). Written inquiries may be sent to:
Australian Institute of Genealogy Studies
P.O. Box 339 Blackburn Vic 3130
The source reference field will help you to know how to locate the original transcription at the library. A “M-[number]” reference means that the transcription can be found on microfiche and the microfiche number is the number listed in the reference. A “Card” reference means that any additional information is available on a card index. Both the microfiche and card index can be accessed at the AIGS library.In addition, individual cemeteries may have more information or related records.Cemeteries not included in this database are Melbourne General, Springvale, Fawkner, and St. Kilda cemeteries.
Ancestry can be accessed via the YPRL website on every computer in every branch library.

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