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Hi Folks,

I was doing a bit of "Google Searching" with some of my ancestors, I did a search for a William Alfred Wordsworth when up came a link to ANZAC records (this man was a cousin of my Granddad). I was surprised to see that there was 46 seperate images to look at. Confriming his parents names, he was born in South London and his father was the Landlord of the Borough Hotel in Southend-on-Sea (again this confirmed what I had seen in the 1911 census and Post office 1914 directory) Alas the poor sole lost his life in France with no known grave.

My main reason for putting this down is that the records were FREE to access (I did not know that) isn't it a shame we have to pay for ours.

And another thing it is always worth googleing a name.

Mark

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Mark.

I take it you viewed his service record on the National Archives of Australia site? Yes, they do a rather good job, don't they. And as you say, it's free. The best first search is always just to enter in the full name of the person you're looking for. If too many results, then the search can be narrowed down by date, series no, etc.

Google is great, of course. With the judicious use of quotation marks around certain words, you can avoid millions of results and really home in on what you're looking for. Often overlooked, I find Google Books quite handy, particularly where books have a limited preview option (I think Google is currently in the courts over this):

http://books.google.com.au

http://books.google.co.uk

http://books.google.com

Let's hope they're not forced to stop scanning books and making them searchable.

regards,

Martin

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Martin,

Yes it was the NAA site and thanks for your tips.

Mark

ps just to make every Aussie's day England are getting hammered in the West Indies, 23-6 second innings

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Also if you're researching someone in the Australian Forces - don't forget the Australian War Memorial site - http://www.awm.gov.au/

Nominal Rolls, Roll of Honour (including original hand written information sheets provided by NoK). Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files (very poignant), Official Histories, War Diaries

And that's just from memory - very well worth a look

Cheers

SueK

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ps just to make every Aussie's day England are getting hammered in the West Indies, 23-6 second innings

Getting ready for the Ashes ..... I hope :D

We've got our own problems .... playing to save the series, and today is only the third game, and to top it off, it's only ( :P ) NZ .............. :(

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