Tuesday 13 August 2019

Latest family history releases & updates: Australia/NZ

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, the listing below a summary of recent genealogical database updates of records relating to those two countries. The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where provided by the supplier, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.


Australia Graves Cemetery Index
More than 323,000 additions to the collection.

New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 71,000 new entries to the index.

My Heritage

Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893–1949
This new collection provides information on 16,970,884 electors in Australia who were registered to vote on Commonwealth electoral rolls in this time frame in each of the six states of Australia.


Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004–Current
An update (probably new records but not confirmed or quantified) sees the new total of entries in the index rise to 1,617,716.

Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s–Current
With an additional 159,962 entries added to the Index in early August (following a whopping 1,388,625-entries upload in May), the database now holds 5,151,146 records.

Family Search

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005
Just under 2,000 indexed records were added to an existing collection in which the majority of cemeteries are in Queensland, but there are also some in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, and Western Australia.

South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Some 21,817 additional records joined the collection, which includes a record of births and deaths aboard incoming ships 1849-1867 and 1873-1885.

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