Thursday, 2 January 2014

G'Day from Downunder

Thanks to the wonders of Social Media I have dear friends in many places up over the Equator. One of these whom I have yet to meet is Julie Goucher who came up with the idea of this "Worldwide Genealogy" collaborative project. Apparently she is blaming me for giving her the idea for this activity!

I am thrilled to be involved in this venture and look forward to sharing genealogy news from our great southern land. I am going to put modestly aside in my first post and tell you a little about myself.

My name is Jill Ball but I am also known as GeniAus in social media circles.

I spend a lot of time searching for my ancestors

I am a procrastinator

I am a lifelong learner

My favourite social media tool is Google+ and I love hosting Google Hangouts on Air.

This year I was voted as Australia's Gold Rockstar Genealogist

I am a member of The Hawkesbury Family History Group, The Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, The Society of Australian Genealogists and the Society of Genealogists.

But that's enough about me!

You may be interested in some of my favourite free sites for Australian research, here are a few:

National Archives of Australia
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages - Family History BDM indexes
Ryerson Index
State Records NSW

If you have any questions about genealogy in Australia I would be happy to answer them but, as I am an amateur, I may need to direct you to someone who is more equipped with answers than I.


  1. Hello Jill,

    I love Trove and the treasure trove it is. I located an article within the archive about my ancestor John Hunt Butcher who left Hascombe Surrey to head to Tasmania in 1821 taking with him a flock of Merino sheep & a mass of farming equipment. This was more than likely one of the first imports of the sheep and now everytime I see the word Merino I always remember good old John!

  2. It's great to meet you Jill. I look forward to reading your posts all the way from Australia.

  3. Hello Jill! Another Aussie! Great to join us and for lighting the Spark under Julie's fire! Gonna be great hearing from you!

  4. Hi Jill, thanks for posts you have made. You are just awesome. Look forward to learning about the land down under. The history there fascinates me like a good historical novel, but it is real. :-)

  5. Thanks for the list of Australian research resources. I know they will come in handy as I trace my German Schalin and Scottish Semple ancestors.

  6. Thanks for all the positive comments. I am thrilled to be part of this community.


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