Wednesday, September 08, 2010

New on Ancestry

Some more great Australian content on the Ancestry Database: -
South Australia Government Gazettes 1867-1884
This is a collection of South Australia Government Gazettes, which were printed between 1867 and 1884. The gazettes contain a large amount of government business notices ranging from notices of appointment to government positions, to land dealings, renewal of business licenses and insolvency. Tens of thousands of names are contained in the gazettes each year. People and their localities, small and large, are brought up in the workings of the province. The gazettes offer much more than simply a name and a date. The collection covers events and circumstances in the life of the people who lived in South Australia.

Gazettes from the years 1867, 1869, 1874, 1876, 1883, 1884 are included in this collection. The books are complete, but all gazettes from 1867-1884 aren’t in this collection. The gazettes include:

Appointees to government positions
Appointments of magistrates and Justices of the Peace
Appointments of returning officers
Crown land leasees
Deceased estates
Dissolution of business partnerships
Notices or rewards for lost or stolen property and stock
Property owners subject to compulsory land acquisition by government
Unclaimed letters
Unclaimed property

Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930
Contained in this database is a collection of the Sand’s directories for Sydney and New South Wales, Australia from 1861–1933. Available directories are for the years 1861, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930. There are usually several sections in each directory including an index of alphabetical names, street addresses, and commercial addresses. Although the alphabetical name section is the most useful part of the directory to the genealogist, other information can be gleaned from these directories such the names of each head of household, their districts of residence, and often their occupation.

Why use directories? Directories are extremely useful for locating people in a particular place and time. They are excellent census substitute records. If you have traced an ancestor through several years of directories and they then disappear, it likely means that the individual either moved or died. The advertisements and professional or commercial sections of the directory can also help you learn more about your ancestor’s occupation and may lead you to other occupational records. You do want to exercise some caution in your research, however, as some street names and numbers may have changed and a property may not have been listed for several years if it was previously vacant.

Published by John Sands, the Sands’ Directories cover the Sydney metropolitan area and the rural country of New South Wales. Information was collected by Sands’ agents calling door to door so it may not be as accurate as legal documentation. Other things to be aware of are that street numbering was often absent during the earlier years of the directory, listings only include the head of the household rather than owners or boarders, house names could change regularly, and unoccupied premises were not recorded.

Information in this database:

Alphabetical name directory
Commercial directory
Street directory

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