Beyond the Internet

During my presentation at the Gold Coast Conference, Footsteps in Time, I used dot points to provide way finders for offline research. These are the points listed during the talk, by life heading. Please note this file is copyrighted to me and cannot be reproduced elsewhere. Beyond the internet checklist 2 of 2017 You can … More Beyond the Internet

B is for BDMs, Blogs and Beyond the Internet

B is BDMs/BMDs Births, Deaths and Marriages or BDMs are also known in other countries as BMDs which actually makes more sense, after all if we marry it’s unlikely to come after we die, rather beforehand. I mentioned in the last post that the best genealogy explores backwards from ourselves, working through the generations. This … More B is for BDMs, Blogs and Beyond the Internet

My Beyond the Internet Topics

Back in 2012 I initiated a series called Beyond the Internet, with clues to explore offline resources. Such is the explosion of online resources that some of these may have been overtaken by the internet but rest assured there will always be records only available offline. I tried to keep to a sequenced theme with … More My Beyond the Internet Topics

Beyond the Internet: Week 52 the Finale

This is the final post in the 52 weeks Beyond the Internet series. Despite the rapidity of digitisation, there is still so much lurking offline: in people’s heads, in libraries, in museums. While it’s fantastic to be able to flash our fingers across the keyboard and find information or even digitised original documents from the … More Beyond the Internet: Week 52 the Finale

Beyond the Internet: Week 51 Oral History

This week we’re up to Week 51 in my Beyond the Internet series in which I explore the sources of information beyond our computer screens. This week’s topic is Oral History. Oral History can be an invaluable asset in our suite of offline research resources. Again and again we read others say that they wish they’d listened to … More Beyond the Internet: Week 51 Oral History

Beyond the Internet: Week 50 Licences

This is week 50 (alleluia!) of my Beyond the Internet series and this week’s topic still partially relates to occupation but is a grab bag: Licences Bureaucracy isn’t a new thing and really we should be grateful for it historically, if not in our day-to-day lives. There’s so much that is documented thanks to the … More Beyond the Internet: Week 50 Licences

Beyond the Internet: Week 49 Merchant Seamen

If you’re feeling it’s a case of “that week went quickly”, you’re right. I’m busy catching up with my Beyond the Internet series. So let’s just pretend it’s now Week 49, not weeks 48 or 50,as weexplore the sources of information beyond our computer screens and this week’s topic is Occupations –Merchant Seamen.  I have a … More Beyond the Internet: Week 49 Merchant Seamen

Beyond the Internet: Week 48 Teachers

This week I’m belatedly writing Week 48 in my Beyond the Internet series in which I explore the sources of information beyond our computer screens and this week’s topic is Occupations – Teachers. I wrote a few posts early in the year about school admissions and other school records, which will obviously be of relevance if you … More Beyond the Internet: Week 48 Teachers

Beyond the Internet: Week 47 Police and Railway Staff records

This week I’m writing Week 47 in my Beyond the Internet series in which I explore the sources of information beyond our computer screens and this week’s topic is Police and Railway Staff records. Archives can be a rich source of occupational records, ranging from publicans to police, railways or business, mariners or teachers. As always which … More Beyond the Internet: Week 47 Police and Railway Staff records

Beyond the Internet: Week 45 Tithe records and maps

This week I’m writing Week 45 in my Beyond the Internet  series in which I explore the sources of information beyond our computer screens and this week’s topic is Tithes and Tithe Maps. Attentive readers will note that I got ahead of myself the other day by posting Week 46….that’s what happens when (1) you get … More Beyond the Internet: Week 45 Tithe records and maps