#52 ancestors 52 weeks – week 47

Copy of a page of the 1841 Census

So what makes our research easier as we investigate each branch of the family tree. For it is these things that we need to be thankful for.

The census documents from 1841 onward in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales provide us with a wealth of information about the family. They enable us to look along the family line and follow branches that are no longer close. We can see what happened to those family members who were not part of the great immigration during the 1800’s to the United States or Australia. If course without the internet it would be much harder to access these documents when sitting at home in Adelaide. For this we must be really thankful.

From an Australian perspective Trove and our access to online newspapers through the National Library of Australia provides researchers with a wealth of information. Births, Deaths and Marriage notices, obituaries and newspaper reports allow us to understand better our ancestors, who they were and what they did.

In this modern world of ours there is much to be thankful for as we harness the potential of the internet and online resources to enrich and extend our understanding of our own families.

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