Thursday, October 09, 2008

Australian Content on Ancestry

New Australian databases have been added to the Ancestry database:

1828 New South Wales, CensusInformation recorded on the census includes: name of inhabitant, age, whether bond or free, name of ship on which arrived, year arrived, religion, employment, and residence.

1841 New South Wales, CensusAll inhabitants of New South Wales were to be enumerated. Each householder, employer of servants, and proprietor or occupier of land was to complete the census on March 2nd. There are three form types of census records included in this database. These are: Householder's Returns, Collectors' Affidavits (Numerical Returns), and Abstracts of Returns.

New South Wales, Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1864Electoral rolls were compiled by the state during election years to determine the number and names of individuals eligible to vote. Information listed in electoral rolls may include: name of voter, year, district, ward, and nature of qualification. Electoral rolls were compiled by the state during election years to determine the number and names of individuals eligible to vote. Representative government essentially began in 1843 with the election of members of the Legislative Council. Information listed in electoral rolls may include:
Name of voter
Nature of qualification
Where the property affording qualification is located
Who will be listed in electoral rolls:
Requirements dictating who was eligible to vote changed throughout the years. Many times eligibility was tied to property ownership. In 1842 the following individuals were eligible to vote:
Possessors of freehold estates within the electorate valuing £100 or more.
Possessors of government licenses to depasture lands within the electorate.
Occupiers of houses within the electorate with an annual value of £10 or more.
Possessors of leasehold estates with an annual value of £10 or more and 3 or more years left on the lease.
In 1858 eligibility was extended to all adult males who had lived within the electorate for the previous 6 months and were either British citizens by birth or naturalized citizens of 5 years living in the colony for the previous two years. Paupers, prisoners, policemen, and military members, however, were not allowed to vote. The property requirements also remained in force.
Arrangement of Records:
Within the colony voters were organized into electoral districts and wards according to where they lived. Electoral rolls were compiled according to these geographical divisions. The boundaries of districts and wards could change throughout the years.
Why Use Electoral Rolls:
Electoral rolls are great records to use as “census substitutes.” They are useful when census records are either not complete or non-existent, and are usually available in between census years. Because electoral rolls were published on a fairly consistent basis, they are useful for tracking individuals over time and place.

Ancestry can be accessed by the link "List of databases available" on the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website on any computer in all of our branches.

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