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New Course: Australian Health Records

Wikimedia Commons.

Wikimedia Commons.

What’s new at The National Institute? The course Australian: Health Records!

Written by Australian genealogist and author Shauna Hicks, this course looks at how health records can help with family history research. Records for general hospitals, maternity hospitals, asylums, sanatoriums and other health institutions will be looked at together with staff records. In addition, we will explore specific epidemics and medical treatments that our ancestors might have been familiar with.

The first offering of this course starts September 5th. To register for this course, please see out website.

Australian Genealogy Q & A

Australian flag By Ian Fieggen (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Australian flag By Ian Fieggen (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

We have a virtual meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd. Hope you can join us for a discussion  on Australian genealogy!


On Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00 AM EDT Kerry Farmer will be hosting the Australian Records virtual meeting. Join Kerry to ask questions about these courses and/or your research. After answering questions and time permits, Kerry will discuss Australian government gazettes (i.e. government, police and education gazettes). Learn what you can find in these records, how to access them and how they can help you with your family history research!

Time zones:
Thursday, July 23rd6:00 AM Eastern; 5:00 AM Central; 3:00 AM Pacific; 11:00 AM in London, England; 8:00 PM in Sydney, Australia

(NOTE: No user name or password required. Please type in your first and last name; then click “Enter as a Guest”.)


Remember, you do not have to be registered in these courses to join a Virtual Meeting … anyone can participate.


If you have not attended a Virtual Meeting before, read the Instructions available at If this URL does not open, please go to, click on Information in the top menu bar, and then Virtual Learning Room in the drop down menu. The link to the Instructions (in PDF format) will be at the top right of the page (you may need to scroll over to the right side of the page).

Australian Records Virtual Meetings

Looking for more information about Australian genealogy research? Professional genealogist and author Kerry Farmer hosts our Australian Records Virtual Meeting. This week’s Virtual Meeting will feature the topic,  “Migration schemes to New South Wales.”

Kerry Farmer. Used with permission.

Kerry Farmer. Used with permission.


Kerry Farmer is a researcher, presenter and teacher in family history and genealogical studies. Kerry has been teaching classes in Sydney since 1997. She is on the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and presents seminars and classes there as well as at genealogical conferences and other venues.

Following a background in science and programming and systems analysis, one of Kerry’s special interests has been the various software packages used to record family history research. Her book “Which Genealogy Program?” was published in 2010. Her book “DNA for Genealogists” was published in 2011, a third edition is being published in 2015. Her new book “Arrivals in Australia from 1788” is expected to be published in March 2015.

Kerry undertakes research assignments on request. She has researched her own family history for over 25 years, researching ancestors predominantly from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales but with diversions tackling family branches in Canada, United States, South Africa, India, Germany, Poland, Norway and Russia.

Join Kerry on Friday, January 30th at 5:00PM (EST) for the Australian Records Virtual Meeting.

Australian Convicts – From Conviction to Freedom

Researching your early Australian ancestors? A good place to start is our course Australian: Convict Records and our Australian Records Virtual Meetings.

Australian Records Certificate Director Kerry Farmer recommends the following  for researching convict ancestors.

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