How to begin tracing your family tree in Australia
  

The Golden Rules of Genealogy

1.

ALWAYS work backwards from the known (yourself) to the unknown (forebears)

2.

NEVER believe everything on a Birth, Death or Marriage certificate

3.

NEVER completely trust the spelling of surnames, place names etc

4.

ALWAYS check surname variants when researching

5.

ALWAYS aim to have at least 2 separate sources of proof for each event

6.

REMEMBER that everything is only speculation until verified

7.

ALWAYS photocopy certificates and important documents and leave the originals in a safe place

8.

IF a document exists, read it!

9.

DO join at least one Family History Group, Genealogical Society or Historical Society

10. SHARE your information and documentation – copies only – with others researching similar lines

© Australian Family Tree Connections magazine

Things you need

How to begin tracing your family tree

Pedigree Chart

Family Record Sheet

Family History and Genealogy Societies in Australia

Historical Societies in Australia


Births, Deaths & Marriages indexes