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Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to find an ancestor on a ship's passenger list to Australia

Question:
HI THERE I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT SHIP MY ANCESTER JOSEPH DOBSON ARRIVED IN AUSTRALIA ON I DO KNOW HE WAS ABOUT 14 AND ARRIVED IN 1838 APPARENTLEY WITH A ANN WILKS HE CAME FROM ROTHWELL, YOURKSHIRE, ENGLAND. CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY POINTERS .THANK YOU .CAROL
Hi Carol, May I gently suggest that you get rid of your ALL CAPS and type in normal size text when writing to others? It's very difficult to read a post in all caps.

For me personally it puts quite a strain on my eyes as I suffer from Cogan's Dystrophy, which is a disease that affects the cornea. On bad days I have very blurred vision and it is quite difficult for me to read. Also in the Internet world, ALL CAPS is considered shouting.

Now for your question. I do have a few ancestors who went to Australia from England to live for several years. So I have searched for ships passenger lists and the site I recommend is Cora Num's Immigration into Australia: Online Indexes and Passenger Lists Web Sites for Genealogists - An Australian gateway site for tracing your family history

Cora has an exhaustive collection of links to Australian Ships Passenger Lists, along with a nice explanation with each describing what you can at each site. It's a great starting point. Good luck!

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