Newspapers are an important resource for your family history. We are proud to announce our latest course: Australian: Newspapers and Biographies authored by Australian genealogist Shauna Hicks.
Example from Queensland Government Gazette 1 January 1887, Text Queensland
Newspapers are a wonderful research tool as they can provide background information on our ancestors that may not be found in official documents. As well as the expected notices of births, engagements, marriages, deaths, burials and obituaries we may also find reference to their sporting activities or involvement in community events. References to insolvencies, bankruptcies, other misdemeanours or more serious crimes can lead to court and criminal records at the archives. This course focuses on using both historical and current newspapers to flesh out our knowledge of our ancestors and the communities in which they lived.
A useful companion to newspapers are biographical resources and these can be for an individual or a defined group and based on a local, state or national level. Often referred to as biographical dictionaries or pioneer registers these resources can provide a quick background on an individual which can then be followed up in newspapers and official records.
By using these two types of resources, you will be able to add substantially to your knowledge of your ancestors. As more and more of these resources are digitised and placed online making them easier to access and to search, there is a constant need to go back and revisit your research to find any new material on your ancestors.
By undertaking this course on Australian newspapers and biographies you will find lots of additional material on your families as we make our way through the modules. Shauna says, “In writing this course and undertaking the assignments, I even added to my own family knowledge which was a bonus for me.”
There is so much in this course including ethnic and specialty newspapers, online resources, and history. This course is a must for everyone interested in newspapers or trying to find their Australian family.
This course begins in November 2014. To learn more about this course see our website .