The Prospect Family History Group meets regularly upstairs at the Prospect Library on Prospect Road.
Members of the Family History Group will be available on the third Tuesday of the month upstairs on the first floor in the History Room to assist anyone wanting help to research their family history.
The Prospect Local History Collection can be accessed for personal research in the History Room at Prospect Library during normal library hours. Research material is available in the cupboards and can be freely accessed during library hours.
The Prospect History collection includes information on these local families.
Mrs H Lewry
John R. Peate
Paul F. Lawson
Graeme Lewis Dimond
Elder George Whittle
Melville James McInnes
Charles J. Williamson
William Haines Junior.
The Hamilton Heritage
Sir Raymond Leane
Thomas and Hannah Reid
H C (Peter) Hatherly
Mrs. E W Nicholls
Charles Earnest Sweeney
Donald Leslie Stevens
Sir Robert Chapman
Sir William Gilbert
George and Richard Fry
Albert James Shard
Mary Ann Eyre (nee Cawrse)
- Birth, death and marriage indexes for South Australia, including pre civil registration.
- Marriage and death indexes for England and Wales
- Genealogy magazines for Australia and some UK.
- Ancestry.com (library edition)
- Some local and family histories for Prospect.
- Early South Australian census records and South Australian Government Gazettes.
Getting started in Family History
Where to start?
Write down what you know about yourself and your partner:
- Date of birth
- Where born
- Where your family lived
- Marriage - date, place, partners name
- Children's names, date of birth, place of birth
- Parents names - date of birth, place of birth, occupation, hobbies, etc.
- Grand parents names - date of birth, place of birth, occupation, hobbies, etc.
- Collect any supporting documentation
Talk with / interview family and friends:
Start with the oldest person in your family. Explain what you are doing and why. Set up a relaxing environment for interview e.g. over afternoon tea. Record the talk for future reference - don't rely on your memory. Get permission from the person you are interviewing.
Limit distractions and interview only one or two people at a time. Try to keep the interview on track so that you gather the correct information. Write interviewee's name and the date on the cassette as soon as you can.
Get as much information on family members as you can:
- Date of birth
- Where they were born
- Parents names - date of birth, place of birth, occupation, etc.
- Grandparents' names - date of birth, place of birth, occupation, etc.
- Date of birth, place of birth plus any other information
- Places of residence
- Any other information you consider important
- Ask about certificates and photographs and if you can make copies
- Construct a questionnaire to contact interstate and overseas family members
Tips on keeping and collecting information
A variety of genealogy recording sheets are available. They provide areas for name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, spouse and children's information. These sheets can be of your own creation, bought or downloaded off the Internet
Note the following on any photocopies from books, etc., so it can be found again if you need it:
… Title of book
… Edition number or year of publication
… Where book is located – e.g. name the library
Check all possible spellings of the name. It has been noticed that there are often two accents involved - the one who speaks and the one who listens. Often names have anglicised spelling, e.g. Irish names, so there may be other variations
Has it been done before?
Other family members may have already done some work on the family history. Find out from your family, check with your local library, State Library or the National Library, and the Genealogical Research Directory or (GRD) LDS Ancestral File
Useful links for researching - click here