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Links to Project Reports

Links to Project Resources

Project Boxes and Stickers


Q&A Forums

For Australia-specific research questions, post to the G2G with the tag AUSTRALIA, or if you are an Australia Project member, ask a question in the Australia Project google group.

PIP Voyage Module

If you want to gain confidence on WikiTree, think about joining up to the Profile Improvement Project and embarking on the Profile Improvements Project (PIP) Voyage. Working on profiles from your own watchlist, an experienced member, called a Voyage Guide, will support you to learn a range of new skills. Some Voyage Guides may have experience working with Australian sources and doing Australian genealogical research, but the main focus of the PIP voyage is on improving your profiles, so they are complete, factual, interesting, .... and look great.

Citation Assistance

Good quality citations for the sources used in genealogical research are essential. These browser extensions help to obtain a good quality citation and save a lot of time and manual typing.

WikiTree Sourcer is free and developed by Rob Pavey. Rob has his own Discord server for users to obtain excellent technical help, provide feedback for beta testing and make suggestions for improvement. The WT Sourcer currently works with Ancestry, FindMyPast, England & Wales GRO and Family Search.

Online Repository Assistant (ORA) is a subscription-based extension, with a current cost of US$24 p.a. It works with several online repositories of genealogical data and has complete to partial success with many other sites. There is a growing list of templates for sites commonly used by Australian genealogists. ORA also works with a number of genealogy programs, such as Legacy and The Master Genealogist, where it can also perform auto typing. There is a Google group providing excellent technical support and other useful information can be found at Terry's ORA Tips.

Source Citation Generators

As well as browser extensions, a number of members have developed citation generators for various source information. These usually involve some cut and paste.

Make sure you have the latest version of these by downloading the generator from the links below. These include:

  • New South Wales Births Deaths and Marriages. by Maree Evans
  • Queensland Family History Research Service by Maree Evans
  • Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria by Maree Evans
  • I have linked all of the citation generators that I use into a single directory, Geneology Citation Generators. This directory includes the current verions of many of the generators listed here. This directory includes:
    • Australian Honours Citation Generator, including Sticker. Requires multiple paste to work correctly.
    • Australian Veteran Citation Generation, including Sticker/s. Requires multiple paste to work correctly.
      • World War One
      • World War Two
      • Korean War
      • Vietnam War
    • Death Citation Generator,
      • Ryerson
      • Australian Cemetery Index
      • Find a Grave
      • Billion Graves
      • Rookwood (kind off)
    • Family Search Citation Wrapper, can require a bit of fiddling.
    • Free BMD Citation Generator Requires multiple paste to work correctly.
    • NSW Archive Records Citation Generator, Requires multiple paste to work correctly.
      • NSW Divorce records 1923 - 1963, 1970,
      • NSW Business Registration
      • NSW Nurse Registration
      • NSW Probate Records pre 1970's
      • NSW Deceased Estate
      • NSW Railway Personal Card
      • Ticket of Leave
      • Certificate of Freedom
      • NSW Insolvency Index
    • 'NSW BDM Source Generator
    • NZ BDM Source Generator
    • QLD BDM Citation Generator, Requires multiple paste to work correctly.
    • SA BDM Source Generator
    • TAS BDM Citation Generator
    • VIC BDM Citation Generator
    • WA BDM Citation Generator
    • All of the above are works in progress and I would love to hear from you on possible improvements, or on ideas for new sheets. Off all of these the one I am most dissatified with is the Veteran Citation, as it is a bit clunky requiring pastes of data from multiple sites which is currently easy to miss. It needs and will get a complete rewrite soon. The Family Search wrapper is likewise a lttle clunky as the souce citations are NOT uniform in content.
    • In all cases I have sought to include documentation in the spreadsheet, but admit that I am not so good at that, so some of these may have new version numbers soon as I fix that oversight.
  • FindAGrave citation generator by Peter Kane. Documentation is included in the spreadsheet. Copy text from the FindAGrave profile from the person's name to the end of the data section. Paste into the spreadsheet. You can customise spreadsheet categories.
  • wikitree draft bio generator by Peter Kane. Copy all of a wikitree profile and paste into the spreadsheet to get a draft bio based on wikitree information. Useful if you revise the profile after adding details into the bio fields. You can also add location categories in a separate sheet.
  • World War 1 AIF Veteran Spreadsheet by Peter Kane. Uses information from the UNSW AIF Project to produce Sticker, draft Biography and Citations for World War 1 veterans. Copy URL and data from the page into the spreadsheet. It works similarly to the BDM spreadsheets. You find the page using the link at the top of the spreadsheet, go to the page, copy the URL into the spreadsheet, select data from the name to the end of the page and paste that into the spreadsheet.
  • BDMref by Mike Young. BDMref is a Python program (requires install of Python) that reformats the clipboard from any of the the available Australian BDM sites into a customisable citation.

Maree has also provided a Training Videos.

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The source citation generators are excellent (I use the Victorian one all the time) but I have a suspicion that this list at the bottom of this page is not complete and possibly not up to date. Is there another place where there is a complete list of these resources?
There is a spreadsheet for WW2, Korea, Vietnam veterans that doesn't seem to be here. I use it all the time. The link is probably in the message group. I think this link should work, but it may not be the latest one: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lXKFYSL-dx1IS3NMchXv6xbZHAhrFrEKALEWXIIc8R8/edit#gid=0

WRT them being up to date, for at least the ones that I've done the link posted is to the latest version automatically - the only issue is that there is a slight chance you will load a copy of the spreadsheet when I'm updating the formulas. Not excellent IT practice, but the easiest way for me. Also with most of my spreadsheets you can load categories into an extra sheet with locations so that the output is formatted better - downside is that you have to keep a copy of the location (or cemetery) sheets before you copy the complete spreadsheet. I'm happy to add your locations to my original spreadsheet, but no-one has ever asked me to do this. Maybe no-one uses the FindAGrave, Wikitree Bio creator or AIF spreadsheets? :)

posted by Peter Kane
I've also "Improved" the QLD BDM spreadsheet for my own use, but Maree has done an excellent job. Thanks
posted by Peter Kane
Hi Anne, is there a citation generator you know of that isn't on the page? We consider this to be the "go-to" page for Australia project resources, but it is only as good as the information and links that are added, as Peter, Maree and others have added links.
I have a death citation generator copy which does Ryerson Index, Australian cemetery index, Billion Graves, Rookwood, ... Not sure what the original link is. My version is 1.0.03

I also have Tas BDM and NSW Archives citation generators in my Google files

If you have links to those you can certainly add them to the page.
I only have copies - it would be better if Maree Evans added I think