Family History

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.

Were family

A.S Horne

Mrs H Lewry

William Collins

Charles Cane

Miriam Goldsworthy

A.A Stevens

Jack Rattley

Harrington family

Keith Martin

Mimi Stacey

R.L Pash

John Bannon

Menzies family

Murray Clements

Doris Boyce

Wickes Family

A.S Horne

L.C Campbell

Esther Castle

Joyce Watson

Emilie Murdoch

Jennifer Strickland

Catherine Fuller

John R. Peate

Tean Lawson

Paul F. Lawson

Graeme Lewis Dimond

A.H Pfitzner

Michael Llewellyn-Smith

Katie Hicks

Rawson family

Samuel Braund

Jack Clarke

Grace Smith

Elder George Whittle

Brian Redpath

Andy Sutherland

Melville James McInnes

William Harden

Charles J. Williamson

Lorna Fairweather

Dudley family

Nyorie Bungey

Barrie Robran

Jim Robb

Brenda May

Betty Tothill

Dean Berry

Parker family

Vogt/Voigt Family.

William Haines Junior.

The Hamilton Heritage

Ray Pincombe.

Glen Stockham

Leane Family

Sir Raymond Leane

Thomas and Hannah Reid

H C (Peter) Hatherly

Mrs. E W Nicholls

Charles Earnest Sweeney

David Donaldson

William Pybus

Donald Leslie Stevens

Sir Robert Chapman

Sir William Gilbert

George and Richard Fry

Waites Family

James Austin

Patricia Dellavia

George Sloman

Frederick Fricensdorf

John Eldridge

David James

Charles Forster

Francis Lewis

Desbrow Cathery

Coady Green

Albert James Shard

Mary Ann Eyre (nee Cawrse)

We have:

  • 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.
  • (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

- Occupation

- Education

- 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:

  • Names
  • 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.
  • Spouse
  • Date of birth, place of birth plus any other information
  • Occupation
  • 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

… Author

… 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