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New Historic Records of Australia Added to FamilySearch


FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organisation in the world, has recently published over 40 million new records from around the world including many from Australia.

More than 200,000 records of Immigration Ship papers of South Australia from 1849-1940 were indexed along with 6,127 digital images. Added to the existing collection were almost 600 Civil Registrations (District Registers) from Tasmania for the years 1839 to 1938.

For those who enjoy learning more about their Australian ancestors, these new added records provide important details and connections.

FamilySearch is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organisation sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. 

To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

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