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== Events  ==
== Events  ==
*National Family History Week July 31st to August 8th 2010<br>
*[http://www.familyhistoryweek.org.au/ National Family History Week] is held around the end of July each year. In 2012 it will be celebrated from Jluy 27 to 5 August.<br>
== Things You Can Do  ==
== Things You Can Do  ==

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New South Wales

Getting started with New South Wales research

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Principles of Family History Research

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information


New South Wales was first settled by Europeans in 1788 with the arrival of three English ships with more than 1000 convicts and military personnel, known today as the 'First Fleeters.'  The second fleet arrived in 1790 and saved the colony from starvation.  The third fleet arrived in 1791 and included the first Irish transportees.  The first free settler immigrants arrived in 1793.

The capital was established at Sydney Cove, Port Jackson.

By 1828, when the first regular census was taken, the population of New South Wales was estimated at 36,598.

Van Dieman's Land (called Tasmania since 1856), originally a part of New South Wales, was separated off in 1825 and became an independent colony.  Other states that were broken off of New South Wales include South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1851, and Queensland in 1861. The Northern Territory was separated out in 1911.


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Australia, New South Wales and Capital Territory Masonic Registers and Card Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Family History Research, can be done at the State Library, Mitchell Library, in Sydney just off St. Martin Place. Be sure to take picture ID, so that you can get a State Library Card, so that you can use the computers anywhere in the building.

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See and download the Family History Library "Favorites" links, here.

  • New South Wales makes its indexes to births, deaths and marriages available online.