Books and articles I’ve found useful
This list of references includes many of my favourites. There are many others I have on the shelves. It’s pretty easy to tell what are my favourite research topics. The links offered are current at February 2021. I have not included a comprehensive reference here for each to save myself time.
GENERAL & METHODOLOGY
Australian Pioneer Women (Eve Pownall) and Nick Vine Hall’s Tracing your Family History in Australia: the first books I was given as I started my family history in 1986. Who would have known the journey that was ahead of me?
Evidence Explained, Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Is History Fiction? A Curthoys and J Docker.
Mastering Genealogical Proof, T W Jones.
Ances-Tree: the journal of the Burwood and District Family History society. Articles by Jenny Paterson on the German emigrant ships: excellently researched, informative, fantastic! You must read these if you have mid-19th century German immigrants to Australia.
Dorfprozelten am Main Teil II. Veh, G, Benedict Press, 2002 (this is my “bible” for historical research on Dorfprozelten around the time the emigrants came to Australia). There is a copy at GSQ together with a partial index.
Dorfprozelten am Main: Ein Dorf im Wandel seiner 1000Jährigen Geschichte. Veh, G, Benedict Press 1995.
German Anzacs and the First World War. J F Williams.
German Census Records 1816-1916. R Minert.
Greetings from the land where milk & honey flows. P Cloos, J Tamke.
German Genealogy Guide. J M Beidler.
Queensland and Germany. A Corkhill.
Lands of the German Empire and before. W K Uncapher.
The German presence in Queensland: M Jurgensen & A Corkhill.
They weren’t all Lutherans – A case study of a small group of German Catholics who emigrated to Australia from Dorfprozelten, Bavaria. Cass, P. Published in the Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, Darwin, 2006.
IRISH FAMILY HISTORY & THE GREAT FAMINE
End of Outrage. B Mac Suibhne.
Tracing your Irish Ancestors, J Grenham.
Great Irish Potato Famine, J Donnelly.
Mapping the Great Irish Famine. Kennedy L, Ell P S, Crawford, E M, Clarkson L, (eds).
Poverty Before the Famine: County Clare 1835, Clare Local Studies Project
Richard Griffith And His Valuations Of Ireland. Reilly, J R. Clearfield Company, Inc, 2000.
Sending out Ireland’s Poor, G Moran.
The End of Hidden Ireland. Scally R J.
Sable Wings over the Land, C O Murchadha.
Family and Community in Ireland, C M Arensberg & S T Kimball.
Sources for the Study of Crime in Ireland, B Griffin.
LOCAL HISTORY – Theory and Learning
English Local History, K Tiller.
The Pursuit of history, J Tosh.
In Defence of History, R J Evans.
Maps for Family and Local History. G Beech and R Mitchell.
From East Clare to Eastern Australia: the Parish Priest, the Middle Men and the Emigrants. Cass, P. Published in the Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, Darwin, 2006. Presented in more detail at the Clare Roots Conference in Ennis, Ireland in 2016.
Farewell My Children: Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia 1848-1870, Reid, R. Anchor Books, Sydney 2011.
Grassroots Queenslanders: The Kunkel family. P, Cass. Out of print but available at various family history societies and reference libraries.
Ireland’s New World. M Campbell.
Life and Death in the Age of Sail: the passage to Australia. Haines R, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2003.
Migration in Irish History 1607-2007. P Fitzgerald & G Lambkin
Oceans of Consolation. D Fitzpatrick, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1995.
Free Passage. P McIntyre.
Visible Immigrants. Volumes 2, 4 and 7. M Kleinig & E Richards (eds)
Defending Gallipoli: the Turkish Story, H Broadbent.
Don’t forget me cobber, R Corfield.
Fromelles, P Lindsay.
Fromelles & Pozieres, P Fitzsimons.
The Broken Years, B Gammage (now available to download)
Books on Prisoners of War in WWII
Relevant unit and battalion reference books.
Brewers in Hertfordshire, A Whittaker.
Fishing & Fishermen, M Wilcox.
Jondaryan Station: the relationship between pastoral capital and pastoral labour 1840-1890. Walker, J, UQP Brisbane, 1988.
Living on the Line, M Bitomsky & L Mylne.
Records of Merchant Shipping and Seamen, K Smith, CT Watts & MJ Watts.
Dating Twentieth Century Photographs. R Pols.
Family Photographs and How to date them. J Shrimpton.
Dating Family Photos 1850-1920. L Frost. (my favourite source)
Family Photo Detective. M A Taylor.
Battle of Brisbane, P Thompson & R Macklin.
Conrad Martens in Queensland, J G Steele.
Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery: Our Backyard: multiple volumes and submissions. Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society
Foundation of the Catholic Church in Queensland, D Martin (free download now)
From 1950 to early 1980s, R Fitzgerald (includes a photo of my dad, unidentified)
Queensland Pioneer Families 1859-1901, Genealogical Society of Queensland, P Williams & A Williams (eds).
From Tall Timbers, Crow’s Nest & District Tourist & Progress Association.
Pubs, Ploughs and Peculiar People, M French.
Queensland Founding Families Vol I and II, Queensland Family History Society.
A Pastoral Romance, M French.
Squatter, Selector and Storekeeper. D Waterson.
School centenary books for my places of interest
Argyll 1730-1850: Commerce, Community and Culture. R A McGeachy.
Lost Argyll: Argyll’s Lost Heritage. M Pallister.
Scottish Exodus, J Hunter.
People and Society in Scotland. W H Fraser, T M Devine, R J Morris, R Mitchison
Tracing Scottish Local History. C Sinclair.
Tracing your Glasgow Ancestors, I Maxwell.
Searching for The Secret River. K Grenville.
Family Memories: A guide to reminiscing. B Price.
How to write history that people want to read. A Curthoys & A McGrath.
Researching and Writing History. D Dymond.
Meet me at Lennons. M Myers (Brisbane and the Americans during WWII)
The Voyage of their Life. (Diane Armstrong) because it confirmed for me that there was merit in tracing emigrants, despite early discouragement from academics in the 1990s.
We should’ve listened to Grandma. N Kyle.
My blog post from years ago explains why some historical books have long been on my favourites list.
UPDATED 4 FEBRUARY 2021