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The indexes, databases & transcriptions have their own Main Menu item above, under DATA, with sub menus for Public & Members only sections. Members need to Login to gain access to the members only items. Public indexes do not require logging in. New items will be added from time to time.


Currently 62 data sets are available - 19 Public, 19 Members Only, 19 Cemetery (some public, some members only) and 5 Swan River Colony Quarter Sessions (members only). = apx. 1,266,060 unique data entries for WAGS Members. See descriptions for the individual data sets below.

Newly added

July 2014    - WA Pioneer Cemeteries - 4 new (small) data sets for the following remote cemeteries - Karridale, Kurawah, Onslow & Wikepin. - These tables have been compiled by WAGS volunteer Terri from information contained on signs at the cemeteries.  Whilst not a large number, the surnames now available in these tables adds an important dimension to the data for remote and lonely pioneer cemeteries in Western Australia.There is a combined 360 surnames in the 4 tables. Some of the headstones may be found on the WAGS WA Lonely Graves website.

Please note that all cemetery tables have been moved into a WA Cemetery Data category of their own, in the Data section of the website. Some of the data sets are in the Members Only Area (MOA) and only available when logged in.

June 2014    -  Colonial Secretary's Office - Inwards Correspondence - The Peter Broun - Colonial Secretary 1828-1846CSO's inwards correspondence Letters from 1829 to June 1835 have been indexed by WAGS member Graham Bown on behalf of the Society’s Special Interest Group, the Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838. The letters are indexed by author and by name, both are now available in our Members Only Area (MOA) of the website. There are 5,961 line entries in the letters & 14,281 entries in the names index.

 

Publicly available

  • Baptism Index, St Augustine's Church Karridale, Western Australia 1898-1916 - This small database was originally supplied to the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) by an unknown donor, as a hard copy index; 243 records.
  • Christmas Island, Old European Cemetery Transcription - data and photos kindly supplied by Andrew Peake.
  • Geo-location Maps - Western Australian Churches and Western Australian Cemeteries. Pioneer churches in particular are one one map, and the other map covers Western Australian Cemeteries and burial sites. Want to see where your pioneers were matched or dispatched, have a look here. For hatched you may have to look elsewhere, but the maps might help with baptism church locations. These maps are available to the public. Some 760+ locations in the maps.
  • Index of West Australians in Yatala Gaol, South Australia - This small database is another set of data originally supplied to the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) by an unknown donor, as a hard copy index - There are direct links to Trove surname + given names for the people in the index for all Australian newspapers; some of them make colourful reading. The index covers the period 1897-1926. There were over 5,200 committals to Yatala Gaol, Adelaide S.A. from 1866 to 1926, all males. There are 94 records in the index.
  • The Countryman "Flashback" Index Jan 1995 to April 1997 - Data donated to WAGS by an unknown contributor, and recompiled by WAGS Project team volunteers into the index. The index covers information about photographs supplied by the public for publication in the "Flashback" section of the Countryman newspaper, and includes; index of surnames and given names; notes on subject and location mentioned; reference dates to the original photos; and publication dates. Covering a wide geographic area of the state of Western Australia, including places such as Augusta, Dampier, Yorkrakine, and places in between, plus numerous names from the 1890's to the 1970's, it is a great little reference index and worth a look; there are 357 entries.
  • Parkhurst Boys Index from the book: Forced Labour for the West: Parkhurst convicts ‘apprenticed' in Western Australia 1842-1851 - kindly supplied to WAGS by the author, Andrew Gill, via the Convict Special Interest Groupdirect links to Trove Western Australian newspaper articles; 280 entries.
  • Presbyterian Marriages 1898-1910. This index is compiled from three booklets of transcriptions, originally compiled by Liz Rowe and Margaret Le May in the year 2000 and donated to WAGS Library. The transcriptions cover the period Janurary 1898 to April 1910, and are taken from original marriage certificates which were found in St. Columba's Presbyterian Church, Keane Street, Peppermint Grove, Perth, Western Australia. St. Columba's Church dates back to 1896. There are 151 entries in the index with 127 male and 127 female surnames.
  • The Founding of WA - contemporary newspaper items - The Emigrant's Friend (1848) - The West Australian (1905).
  • WA Schools Records Index 1891-2005. This index was compiled by WAGS member Dr Neville Green, as part of a paper titled 'Government School Created Records in Western Australia 1891-2005 - A listing of key records in the Western Australian State Records Office'. Dr Green provided WAGS Library with a hard copy which available in the Library. This index will enable WAGS members and other family historians to quickly determine what archival material the WA State Records Office holds for Government Schools in the period covered. There are 2,687 records in the table.
  • Western Australian Surnames Index 1900-1910 - This index has been created by WAGS volunteers, primarily from records held in the J S Battye Library of Western Australian History, in the State Library of Western Australia. Our thanks go to those volunteers and to Martin Pinnell for supplying us with the database which he originally compiled and maintained - direct surname links to Trove The West Australian newspaper family notices; 123,191 records.
  • WA Ship Arrivals 1898-1926 Index - There is a separate page with some statistical information on the ships and passengers, and a List of Ships covered by this index: . There are 711 separate vessels named in the index; some vessels made multiple voyages within individual years, and / or over the period covered; there are 5,344 voyages accounted for the vessels in the table. Some vessels were on the Western Australian coastal trade, and made numerous trips within a year. The Western Australian Passenger Arrivals, 1898-1926 index is available to members only ( see below) 

 

Members Only

  • Anglican Baptismal Registers 1926-1984, Augusta-Margaret River Parish, Diocese of Bunbury  -  This Members Only database covers 7 churches across the South-West of Western Australia from Augusta in the south, north to Metricup. Churches are: St Elizabeth's, Augusta; St Mary's, Cowaramup; St Augustines, Karridale; St Margaret's, Margaret River; St John The Baptist, Metricup; St John's, Osmington; and St James, Rosa Brook. A copy of the transcription was provided to WAGS Library by an unknown donor in 2002, and is also available in the Library. The index includes details such as, birth dates where known, parents names, place of abode, fathers occupation, sponsors and other notes of interest. There are 1,686 baptisms, 567 surnames + some 650 sponsors entries, many with more than one name, and includes people in Group Settlements in the South West.
  • Albany Marriage Declarations 1839 - 1855  - This Index was compiled in1979 by WAGS Member Brian Croker. Both the index and the transcription images attached are transcribed from Battye Libray Accession No. 703 - Western Australian Registrar General's Transcripts of early Parish Registers. The original transcription is available as hard copy in the WAGS Library (Aus-WA-Reg- 977). Clicking on the "info" icon will open up an image of the full transcription. There are 54 entries in the index.
  • Albany Deaths and Burials Index (1816-1891 apx) - data compiled and supplied by members Graham Bown; direct links to The Albany Advertiser newspaper family notices; 3,987 entries
  • Crimea Veterans of Western Australian Index, plus Crimea Vetrans Notes and additional information - data & notes, supplied by member Diane Oldman. This data has been moved to its own website click here.
  • Died on Active Service, Index to death notices in The Western Mail 1915 - 1918 (Includes January and February 1919). This index provides an list of names of service personnel for whom a notice appeared in; Death, Killed on Active Service, In Memoriam or Bereavement sections of the personal notices or in a separate Killed On Active Service section The Western Mail  in the period 1915 to 1918. The data was transcribed by WAGS member Marcia Watson. Marcia has kindly donated the tables for inclusion in our website tables. There are 4,472 names in the index
  • Fremantle Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions - data compiled by WAGS volunteers; direct links to Trove The West Australian newspaper family notices; expanding headstone photo gallery, we are collecting photos from private collections to attach to this index - 26,400+ entries
  • Home Office Criminal Records; HO19 - Registers of Criminal Petitions.Hulk Available to Members Only. The origal registers have been photographed by WAGS past president and member of the Convict Special Interest Group, Bevan Carter. The National Archives (UK) has given approval for WAGS to provide these images for viewing by members within the Members Only Area (MOA) of the WAGS website. WAGS member Marcia Watson has painstakingly reduced the size of the original images to make them suitable for presentation on this website. We are indebted to Bevan for the many hours spent at the National Archive Kew, and making the images available to us, to the National Archives for their kind approval to display the images, and to Marcia for her many hours of work in editing. Apx, 1340 images, some 20-30 names per page = some 33,000+ names
  • Justitia Hulk Woolwich 1814-1822 Index - data compiled by Graham Bown - The Justitia hulk index has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records in The National Archives, London. This is a complete transcription of the Register covering the period 22 July 1814 to 19 December 1822 from of HO 9/4. Convict numbers range from 754 to 6778; 6,250 entries
  • Karrakatta Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions - data compiled Keith Randell and Graham Bown; direct links to Trove The West Australian newspaper family notices; expanding headstone photo gallery, we are collecting photos from private collections to attach to this index - 97,300+ entries
  • Photographic Index to Western Australians in the Armed Forces 1914 - 1918Abbot, H - Signaller 10th Light Horse (Wounded). Source Trove, The Western Mail, Sept 3, 1915 in The Western Mail. This index provides an list of names of servicemen for whom a photograph was published in The Western Mail  in the period 1914 to 1918. The photos were generally supplied by family members as the servicemen were perhaps wounded or killed in action. The data was transcribed by WAGS member Marcia Watson. Marcia has kindly donated the tables for inclusion in our website tables. There are 4,809 names in the index.
  • Reverse Marriages Index (1829-1857) of Western Australia - data compiled and supplied by Graham Bown; direct links to Trove The West Australian newspaper family notices - 2,851 entries
  • Western Australian Passenger Arrivals - Swan River Colony - Arrivals and Departures 1826-1838 - data compiled by Graham Bown on behalf of the Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838, a Special Interest Group of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. This database contains details of pioneers immigrants arriving into the Swan River Colony and approximately 1,500 departures, there are also ages and details of marriages where known; 4,395 entries.
  • Swan River Colony Quarter Sessions Transcriptions (1830-1840) - WAGS member Graham Bown has recently completed transcriptions of the early Record Books, Indictments and Minute Books and has provided us with copies to be made avaSwan River Colony Court House - Round House Fremantleilable for members on the WAGS website. We are indebted to Graham for his dedication in transcribing early Western Australian records, and for making them available to WAGS members. The transcriptions are searchable within the eBook presentation. These four significant Western Australian historical document transcriptions comprise apx. 440 pages of court records and proceedings; cover some 227 individual defendants; numerous early settlers acting as witnesses or jury members; and give a great insight to the problems experienced by the Swan River Colony Pioneers.
  • The Glasgow Herald, Monday January 11, 1875 - Notes on Miners' Houses - transcribed by member Ian Scott
  • WA BDM Indexes - 1939 & 1940 - compiled by WAGS Project Team volunteers; sourced from the birth, death and marriages columns of The West Australian newspaper; direct links to Trove The West Australian newspaper family notices; 6 databases with 15,555 entries for the two years.
    The WAGS WAN BDM's project is ongoing, and will provide additional indexes for the WAGS website as they are completed.
  • Western Australian Burial Data + Cemetery Location map -  This Members Only database is another set of data compiled by members of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) and formed part of the Australian Genealogical Computer Index (AGCI). The AGCI was originally coordinated by the Society of Australian Genealogists and sold as a CD (Ver.1). There is 314,702 people in the table, with 27,497 surnames it covers 302 burial locations across 109 local government areas of Western Australia. There are clickable links to Trove searches for the surname/s across Western Australian newspapers for the year mentioned. There is clickable links to the Cemetery location, and there is a geo-location map below the table for all of the burial places mentioned in the table. Thanks are due to WAGS volunteers for their efforts in searching out the data, Graham Bown for providing the original database, and Chris Loudon and John Blackburn for providing the GIS references and updating the data.
  • Western Australian Arrivals 1839-1890 Passenger Index - This database contains details of some 27,907 immigrants, including Convicts and their Guards, arriving in Western Australia from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and other ports in Australia. 347 Vessels covering 645 voyages appear in the indexWA Passenger Arrivals 1839-1890. The index was compiled by volunteers of the Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) from passenger arrival information held by the State Records Office and the Battye Library of Western Australian History, and includes information retrieved from various newspapers of the day. There is an automated Trove search of contemporary Western Australia newspapers, results of which are available by clicking on the surname. The data in this index was originally released by WAGS as a CD in 2003; the CD is still available for individual purchase. The data in the index is the same as the CD but now presented in a tabular manner. We are indebited to the transcription work undertaken by WAGS members and volunteers in transcribing the material for this index, and acknowledge the work undertaken by Graham Bown and members of the Swan River Pioneers Special Interest Group of WAGS in producing the original CD.
  • Western Australian Passenger Arrivals - Albany 1873-1899 - This index covers the period 1873 - 1899 and specifically for arrivals at the port of Albany. Some passengers may appear more than once, either on the same ship voyage, or on separate voyages of the same ship. SS LusitaniaThere are entries for; Stowaways; Ships Crew (whilst generally noted as such they may appear without a notation as being crew); Crew of other ships travelling to and from their own vessel; Convicts; recruits for the Midland Railway Company; through Passengers, ie. they did not land at Albany, and were bound for other Ports; Overseas, Interstate and WA Coastal Passengers.  Thanks are due to WAGS volunteers who transcribed the data many years ago from passenger lists held by the SRO and immigration documents held by the NAA WA branch. There are 11,267 line entries in this index, i.e. passengers recorded covering 221 separate vessels on 886 Voyages.
  • WA Passenger Index 1898-1926Western Australian Passenger Arrivals, 1898-1926 - This database is now available to WAGS members on our website. This index of inward passenger arrivals at the Port of Fremantle has been compiled by members of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc., from original passenger mainfests that form part of Series K269, held by the NAA Perth Office. We are indebited to the transcription work undertaken by WAGS members and volunteers in transcribing the material for this index, and acknowledge the work undertaken by Ann Spiro and Martin Pinnell in producing the original CD. Some of the data in this index was originally released by WAGS as a CD, comprising some 300-400,000 entries depending on when the CD was produced; the CD is no longer available for purchase. Ian Scott and Chris Loudon have undertaken additional Quality Control (QC) on the database in preparing it for publication on the WAGS website. There are 560,209 line entries in this index, i.e. passengers recorded; some entries represent more than one passenger. Some passengers may appear more than once, either on the same ship voyage, or on separate voyages of the same ship, being regular travellers. There are entries for; Stowaways; Ships Crew (whilst generally noted as such they may appear without a notation as being crew); Crew of other ships travelling to and from their own vessel; AIF members relocating or returning home; Through Passengers, ie. they did not land at Fremantle, and were bound for other Ports; Overseas, Interstate and WA Coastal Passengers. There are direct Trove searches for WA newspapers by clicking on the surname. The WA Ship Arrivals 1898-1926 Index is available to the public (see above in the publicly available section).

 

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