Graham Jaunay has no seminars or talks scheduled for December.
LDS web site
The LDS Church
have announced a major upgrade to their site familysearch.org will
come in effect in 2007. They have also announced that they plan to
digitise their 2.4M reels of film and make them accessible online.
This massive project is expected to take between five and twenty
Work started on digitising Church of Wales records in September with
Monmouth diocese. These records will enventually be accessed via familysearch.org.
Following the article in the October issue of AFTC, the new booklet,
How to read old handwriting has been selling well. If you
want a copy, contact Gould Genealogy.
Star surname index
The Star series of newspapers In Lincolnshire started on 26 October 1889
as the North
Lindsey Star. It underwent a series of name changes. The North Lincolnshire
Reference Library has an online
index of the surnames appearing in this publication for the period
In this issue:
• LDS web site
• Old handwriting
• Star surname index
Parish Registers in SA
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As suggested in a previous newsletter, if you cannot find an entry in the
BDM Indexes or District
Registrars' material you still have the opportunity to search parish registers
for baptisms, marriages or burials. If you are searching an era before civil
registration started in mid 1842 then parish registers are your main focus for
Most denominations in the state (including those with their own archive) have
official archive and this repository holds their registers for public inspection.
material, largely microforms, can be found in other repositories and particularly
at the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society.
A Church of England priest, Charles Beaumont Howard, was appointed Colonial Chaplain
in 1836 and it is his records, the registers of Holy Trinity, that dominate the
records for the pre-civil registration period. Although Anglican, the Colonial
Chaplain was responsible for all the citizens as the church in SA was never granted
the status enjoyed by its English counterpart as the Established Church. Despite
this many early settlers were accustomed to the Anglican Church being the Established
Church and treated the organisation as such. Indeed the Hardwicke Marriage Act
had only recently been repealed in England and many non-conformists will have
still thought the only legal marriages could be performed by Anglican priests.
sought the sacramental services of this church.
The Lutheran Church was established in November 1838 and its records
are held exclusively
in its own archive.
Other early denominations
A number of other churches ministered to the needs of the first colonists
but very few of these early records survive. The Baptist Church held
its first meeting
in mid 1838 but the earliest surviving records date from 1850. Catholics were
serviced from Sydney with visits by itinerant priests until the first resident
priest, William Benson arrived in January 1842 but records date from 1839.
(established January 1837) and Congregationalists
(established December 1837) were in the colony from the beginning but very
few records survive. The Presbyterian Church was established in October
reflected the schisms of Scotland in that the first congregation under Ralph
Drummond followed the Secession Church teachings, the second congregation was
in August 1842 as Church of Scotland with minister, Robert Haining and the
third in March 1850 represented the Free Church. Quakers and Jews were
also early arrivals
in the colony but no records survive the pre-civil registration era.
All other denominations arrived after the establishment of civil registration.
After mid 1842
The introduction of civil registration did not mean that churches stopped recording
baptisms, marriages and burials and these records can still fill in gaps in
the civil record. Do not expect these records to provide any more information
than that found in the BDM Registry.
There are other sources available that may reveal records that cannot be located
in the BDM Registry due to a failure to register or falling within the embargoed
• Birth/baptism—newspaper personal notices, institutional admission
register, school records, published family histories.
• Marriage—newspaper personal notices, land title, published family
• Death/burial—newspaper personal notices, land title,
burial register, probate file, published family histories.
To understand and access the records
• Andrew Guy Peake, Sources for South Australian History 2nd
ed, Adelaide 1998 has a comprehensive chapter on the topic of church records.
• Reg Butler and Alan Phillips, Register Personal Notices Vol
Vol 2 1860–1865; Vol 3 1866–1870, Adelaide 1989–1991 list
newspaper personal notices from the Register only.
• the State Library of SA catalogue can be searched to determine deposited
parish records: type into subject
catalogue denomination and location as in uniting church croydon. The
State Library as a legal deposit library also has an extensive collection
personal notices and published family histories.
• the SA Genealogy & Heraldry collection of parish registers can
be determined via their in-house publication,
Microform Guide, Adelaide 1998. They also maintain a collection
personal notices, cemetery records and published family histories. This library
holds the Catholic parish records. They are available at the Catholic Archives
but public access is discouraged by Catholic authorities.
• Graham Jaunay, Pre-civil Registration Births; Pre-civil
Registration Marriages; Pre-civil Registration Deaths [3 CDs],
is a compilation of all known pre-civil registration records. Index
available online. The CD, Unregistered deaths may also assist to locate
deaths reported in various media that seem to have no corresponding entry
at the BDM Registry.
• The International
Genealogical Index [IGI] maintained by the
LDS Church has limited records relating to SA parishes. A slightly larger
collection has been filmed and is located in the Family
History Library [FHL] collection.
It should be noted that a number of churches have their own archives
but apart from those mentioned in the text above, they largely deal with
administration of the church rather than the records pertaining to this
of these archives collections are detailed on the Adelaide
Proformat site. You can also search for deposited
parish registers and registers filmed by the LDS, a new page launched
in conjunction with this newsletter.
Remember while secondary sources are a good starting
point—a wise researcher
will always confirm the material by looking up the primary record!