Over the years, I have written to several Historical Societies to obtain information (as many do not have internet). Every one of them has been most helpful and obliging.
The smaller historical societies are usually staffed by volunteers and require a donation to complete research. I am always happy to provide a donation as I really appreciate their assistance and the work that they do. It is also a good idea to provide them with a copy of your research and contact details, to assist any other family members researching the same family. One day I hope that a distant cousin will make contact with me and we can share research.
In particular, the Maryborough Historical Society has provided me with the most interesting and useful information, including details from local newspapers that have not yet been digitised. This led to me to discover that a lamp that I had admired since I was a child, was a wedding present to my great grandparents from my great great grandfather! You can read more about this here.
The Maryborough Hospital Admission records also provided me some useful information and leads on many family members, who lived in the area. It is the only record I have found which shows my Great Great Great Grandfather's arrival in Australia from America.
The record below told me Samuel's age (year of birth), occupation, residence, importantly the Port of Embarkation, the ship he arrived on (a whaling boat), how long he had been in the colony (when he arrived in Australia) and religion. Fantastic information for a researcher who has hit a brick wall!
|Maryborough Hospital Admission Record|
My tip: Write a letter to the historical societies in the districts where your family lived. You never know what information that you shall find.
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