If there is one thing that GeniAus could really get me motivated about it has to be books – but what a challenge … FIVE???? … Five Faves Geneameme.
FIVE books? My Library Catalogue contains 3,008 items. Oh, I have heaps more – they’re just the ones that are catalogued at this stage!
How is it humanly possible to choose just FIVE from that collection? Now that’s what I call a challenge.
I have other priority things I should be working on but decided doing this blog would get me in the right mood! So here is how I reduced it from 3,008 to just 5!
First I tried the books I pulled off the shelves more often than others.
Then I looked at the books that weren’t fully available on the web.
Next I looked at the books that I used for ‘local’ research [VICTORIA] when I did research for others, and my own personal family research [NOT local].
Finally I tried to look for a real variety.
GeniAus I hope you realise the sleepless night(s) you caused! So finally here they are …
|Book No. 1|
|Title||Pastoral Pioneers of Port Phillip|
|Author(s)||R V Billis and A S Kenyon|
|Description||From the foreword: In this work the names of the true pioneers of Port Phillip, and of the properties they held under depasturing licenses, are perpetuated.
It is in two main parts: Part I – Pastoral Licensees [the people]; Part II – the Port Phillip Runs [the property names]. And don’t skip the Notes at the end – additions to both Parts.
Details include the name of the District and potentially a number of different runs. Other information could include: years / dates the run was held, arrival, birth or death, and sundry other data.
|Book No. 2|
|Title||Dielheimer Familienbuch 1648-1900 mit Horrenberg, Balzfeld, Unterhof und Oberhof|
|Description||If you don’t have German ancestors then you mightn’t be interested in this one. BUT if you have any non-English speaking ancestors this may perhaps get you thinking and encourage you to tackle this type of research.
To ease you into the Familienbuch, have a look at ‘The Ortssippenbuch (OSB)‘; and the ‘Local Family Books (The OFBs of Germany)‘ on Family Search. Then get a little more adventurous with the ‘Family Book‘; the Dielheimer Familienbuch 1648-1900 and the ‘Online Local Family Books‘.
How did I learn about these books? Jenny Paterson from the Burwood and District Family History Group has written many excellent articles on (Australian) German research for their journal ‘Ances-tree’.
I can’t stress how important it is to follow every ‘lead’ – footnotes, references, sources and bibliographies. This is the golden rule for every book, database, website etc. – you will learn so much doing this.
I believe that because of Jenny’s work, the Society of Australian Genealogists has the larges collection of Famillenbuch in Australia.
I was able to purchase the one relevant to my own family and location of Oberhof in Germany via the web direct from the author. Using the book I was able to confirm a possible ancestor from Family Search adding siblings, parents and another generation to my family. I can’t wait until someone produces the book for Epfenbach!
And don’t forget to use Google Translate and/or the browser Chrome to translate entire web pages and site.
Don’t forget to use your local library or inter-library loan to access these books!