Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Photos of Australian 'old colonists' online

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Photos of Australian 'old colonists' online

The State Library of South Australia has posted over 1,000 photographs of "old colonists" — early settlers who arrived in Australia prior to 1841. Browse the photos (or conduct a search) at Information on each man may include date of arrival, name of ship, occupation and reference number.

A similar compilation of photographs of women "was created partly as a consolation" and can be found at Information on each may also include maiden name and years of birth and death. Their clothing and hats are worth noting.

A personal search for "Richardson" resulted in 243 photos. In addition to persons with that surname, photos included a farm, a caricature, a cricket team, a football team, hospital nurses and a church.

Anyone who is descended from an early settler in Australia might find his/her photo in this online collection.

Hispanic newsletter online

Librarian Colleen Green has a free monthly newsletter "focused on Hispanic genealogy, history and traditions" on the internet at Each issue of Hispanic Research & Heritage, formerly called Hispanic Heritage Happenings, includes a "compilation and summary of relevant blog posts, tips, reviews, collections and records, publications, webinars, conferences, seminars, workshops, classes, help sessions, festivals, exhibits, etc." For example, click on Issue No. 11 to read the April 2017 issue. You may even wish to subscribe.

Green is also a genealogist, historian, web developer and educator. She has posted information on her own roots at

Website details slave trade data

An article in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently had the headline, "Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Details the Largest Forced Migration in History." (His article can be read at

Between 1500 and 1866, slave traders forced an estimated 12.5 million Africans aboard transatlantic slave vessels. Now, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slave trips that forced more than 10 million Africans to be transported to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. This free database can be found at Researchers can search the Voyages Database (look for particular voyages in the database of documented slaving expeditions), examine estimates of the slave trade, and explore the African Names database (91,491 Africans taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites; it displays the African name, age, gender, origin, country, and places of embarkation and disembarkation of each individual).

The African Origins Project is described at

Finding Civil War soldiers — especially Confederates

North Carolina's Gaston County Public Library has posted an informative guide, Finding Civil War Soldiers, at Admittedly some of the data had been found at FamilySearch, but the three-page guide has consolidated the information into Beginning Your Research, Carolina Confederates (including Pensions, Service Records, Obituaries and Burials), Carolina Unionists, The National Archives and State Repositories, and More Resources.

In addition to recommended reading, there are links to searchable websites such as N.C. Confederate Soldiers Burial Information and searchable FamilySearch databases such as North Carolina Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953, and North Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.

This guide can be helpful for anyone doing research on the Civil War, and can be especially useful for locating data on Confederate soldiers.

Find archives anywhere in U.S.

Anyone who has ever started researching in a "new" geographic location and wished to learn of archives nearby needs to visit Archivegrid at The website provides information on historical and personal documents in over 1,000 archival institutions.

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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