FAMILY TREES are flourishing as thousands of Australians try to trace
their ancestors back to the First Fleet. Everybody has roots and it's fun finding out about yours! It's not hard and it's not expensive. Even the most elusive of ancestors will have left some footprints in a few if not all of the record categories detailed in this book. It is also the 'wondering why' during this research that adds so much to the fascination of it all, and many people are being swept up in the fun and challenge of uncovering colourful family ancestors.
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|REVIEWS OF NEW EDITIONS|
"Nobody knows Australia's historical resources as well as VINE HALL, who not only has twenty-something volumes attesting his experience, but has also hosted a syndicated genealogy talk-backshow on ABC Radio (Australia) since 1979. Whether you have roots "Down Under" or whether you're an academic researcher in need of the best guide possible to Australasia's historic records, VINE HALL's hefty tome is a must."
Elizabeth Shown MILLS, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FAGS, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;
former Editor, NGS Quarterly, on Amazon.com - Customer Reviews,
10 Dec 2004.
"This edition is the Big Tomato. This third edition is the culmination of 23 years of hard labour and marks a quantum leap from previous editions. This edition is the living, breathing encyclopedia of family history in Australia - a mighty tome of 884 pages, or the length of three Doctorates (and that is without the 275 page Bibliography). But, this is a book with soul, interlaced with fascinating insights into the discoveries that make family history the joy and hook that it is to so many Australians. This is a book that you can take to bed with you, dip into and keep coming back for more. It is written with humour and style. The footnotes alone are a treasure trove on interest."
former Federal Member for Cook, at the Book Launch,
Annual Queensland Local & Family History Fair, Brisbane, 26 May 2002.
"I recently purchased your new books. Have been desperately waiting for them and am not disappointed. So, congratulations, wonderful, my new genealogy bible! Thank you again for your great contribution to those earnest researchers endeavouring to find their way through the record maze."
Librarian, Parramatta Family History Centre, Sydney, August 2002.
"A most impressive and greatly improved book compared to the second edition. It has much more to offer by way of new sources. Without hesitation, I can confidently declare this is the best of its type in Australia. This book is unique amongst this genre of publishing. I strongly recommend it to all Australian family historians. The companion volume A Bibliography is the most comprehensive and detailed compilation of publications relating to Australian family history to come on the market to date. Together these two books make a substantial and scholarly contribution to research in the field of family history."
Dr. Geoffrey BURKHARDT,
The Ancestral Searcher, Canberra, September 2002.
"Your book is a wonderful creation and I appreciate the personal bits and pieces. it adds the human touch."
Genealogist, North Adelaide, SA
10 Oct 2002
"An impressive compilation of knowledge of genealogical sources. It is certainly one of a kind as no other publication provides such a comprehensive coverage of family history research in Australia."
Archives and Manuscripts The Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists,
Canberra, November 2002.
"Nick has a unique way of demonstrating his point using examples from his own family research. In this way, the reader will gain first-hand knowledge from a very experienced family historian."
The Kookaburra - Magazine of the Australian Interest Group of the NZSG, Auckland November 2002.
"The most comprehensive guide to Australian genealogical research just got better.It's worth upgrading if you have an earlier edition. In the eight years since the second edition, the material has expanded the work to two volumes. The work to add new sources and update published records and indexes is very evident."
FGS Forum, Federation of Genealogical Societies,
Illinois, USA, Winter 2002.
"This is an essential text for those researching an Australian connection. Those new to tracing family history will come to value this work both as an informative place to begin study and as a text for constant reference as they progress in their research."
The New Zealand Genealogist, Auckland Nov/Dec 2002.
"Tracing Your Family History in Australia is quite simply a definitive work on the subject. The range is enormous, and nothing - so far as one can judge - is left out."
Family Tree Magazine (UK), December 2002
"There is nothing to compare with it in Australia."
Fellow, Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, 5 Dec 2002.
"It truly is a magnum opus."
Photographic Historian and Author, Brisbane, 21 December 2002
"Comprehensive and authoritative these two core reference books should be in all genealogy collections."
Thomas Jay KEMP,
Genealogy Librarian News, Godfrey Memorial Library
Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 6 Jan 2003
"An essential resource! For anyone researching an Australian family, Nick VINE HALL's guide is the indisputable starting point. We recommend its purchase by American genealogical libraries."
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,
USA, Jan 2003
"The only books you will ever need for tracing sources of Australian ancestry."
President, Coffs Harbour District Family History Society Inc, Genie-Allergy journal, March 2003.
"Daddy: we hardly knew you' - No matter your library - public, education, special - you have almost certainly been asked to help someone with family history research. And, like many librarians, you may have beeen at a loss as to how to begin. Now help is at hand. Noted genealogist and historian Nick VINE HALL has compiled the most comprehensive yet reasonably priced family history guides ever published in Australia. Given the scope and coverage of Tracing Your Family History in Australia, it is impossible to imagine carrying out genealogical research without reference to these books. Every library which is ever likely to receive inquiries about family history research should immediately invest in a copy of these companion volumes."
The Australian Library Journal, May 2003
"A remarkable account of Australian records! The style is easy and informal, the information invaluable. It can be used as a checklist against such things as resources in the Family History Library (Utah), at the FamilySearch website, and categorized within Cyndi's List."
Ancestry Daily News,
USA (3 million subscribers), 27 May 2003
"No other single publication is as useful for finding material on Australian ancestors and their social environment. The previous edition of 1994 has been my most used reference books. This updated and expanded edition has taken it into the computer and internet age. The second volume of the set, the extensive Bibliography, is the most complete compilation of Australian genealogical publications available. Over 3,500 microfiche, films, CDs, journal articles, archival guides and books are included. An updated index in Excel format can be downloaded from the author's web site. This not only facilitates easy searching for keywords, but also allows a user to add their own notes or keywords in an extra column."
USA Vol. XIX, No. 2, Summer 2003
"This book has many helps for the family historian from beginner to advanced. This third edition is well worth the upgrade of your library shelf. The types of records listed are extensive and the systematic approach makes this a valuable research tool for new areas in your research."
Editor Ancestor, Melbourne, June 2003
"We were offered a discount on your book before it was released. Unfortunately, we did not take up the offer. Next time I will make sure we do."
Secretary/Treasurer, Mingenew Historical Society Inc.,
Western Australia, 10 June 2003
"This book is an impressive work of scholarship and should be in every library in the country."
Peter ROSS (Presenter, Arts Programme, ABC TV),
Chairman Judging Panel, in presenting the "Best Family History 2003' Award,
NSW Writers Centre, Sydney, 16 Oct 2003
"Nick's book provides an endless source of information and local history."
Cathy JONES, Secretary,
Strathfield District Historical Society Newsletter, Sydney, Jan 2004.
"We used to have six copies of your book. Unfortunately, they've all been stolen"
National Library of Australia
"A mammoth work by one of Australias leading genealogists, who is well known in the family history world, especially for his numerous radio broadcasts. We have no hesitation in recommending this book. This compendium includes everything you could want to know about family history research in Australia, including a useful section on getting started for the beginner. You name it! It's here! Not to be missed.
Huguenot Times, Huguenot Society of Australia, April 2004
"These volumes are an ideal reference for anyone whether just embarking on their search or being many years down the trail. In addition, there is an interesting read on many aspects of genealogy. There is an updated dowloadable index on Nick's homepage."
journal, Manly, Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society, May/June 2004
"Any person commencing their research or who has lost their trail should really check out the wealth of information in this publication. This is a greatly expanded researchers' Bible. It is a very instructive manual and a must for the reference Library."
History News, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Aug 2004
|REVIEWS OF EARLIER EDITIONS|
"A most valuable work. Those who take up the volume with narrow purpose in mind will discover that it is eminently browsable as well as highly informational. Those seeking ancestors amongst razor-gangs, strumpets and Norfolk Island bullies may perhaps find them in the Register of Flash Men, 1841-45, in the Archives Office of New South Wales. Some 25 years ago, acting on a suggestion by P.J. SCOTT, the Society of Australian Genealogists undertook the compilation of a National Register of Genealogical Source Materials, which, failing ever to gather enough steam, petered out in a series of lists of sources. Nick VINE HALL has come close to realising SCOTT's dream, dictated by the fact that there is both a real need for a descriptive list of source materials, and his experience and predilection have led him to take up the scent. It supplements well-known books by A.G. PUTTOCK and N. HANSEN - the latter a path-finder of impressive dimension - but so exceeds both in scope and content as to render comparison pointless."
Descent, Sydney, Dec 1985.
"It has a very fine bibliography of Australian genealogical publications".
P. William FILBY,
American and British Genealogy & Heraldry, Baltimore, 1987.
"Every genealogical library should own a copy of this guide."
Jo White LINN,
South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Columbia, Winter 1988.
"This is a very detailed book written by the distinguished Australian genealogist, Nick VINE HALL, when he was Director of The Society of Australian Genealogists. It is by any standards a remarkable work since its coverage of sources is enormous."
Genealogists' Magazine, London, March 1989.
"VINE HALL's first edition, published in 1985, was considered the definitive work on the subject. This revised (second) edition more than doubles the previous offering. It is difficult to imagine any attempt to conduct research in Australia without this tome at hand."
Elizabeth Shown MILLS,
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Virginia, March 1995
"VINE HALL is an extremely detailed guide to genealogical sources in Australia, which anyone researching Australian records should obtain."
Mark D. HERBER,
Ancestral Trails, London, 1997