TheGenealogist adds New South Wales passenger lists

By Jon Bauckham, 3 December 2015 - 6:08pm

Records of passengers who sailed to Australia between 1828 and 1896 can now be explored on the family history website, which is also set to undergo major changes in the New Year

New arrivals in Australia celebrate a Christmas away from home in an engraving published in the Illustrated London News, 1870 (Credit: Getty Images)

Details of passengers who sailed to New South Wales during the 19th century have been made available to search on TheGenealogist.

Comprising more than 190,000 records, the website’s latest release features transcripts of British and Irish passenger lists, each showing the names of people who arrived in New South Wales between 1828 and 1896.

In cases where the passenger was emigrating for work reasons, the collection will not only provide the individual’s occupation, but the name of their employer.

Clicking on the site’s ‘family group' tool will also reveal whether or not a passenger was travelling with a spouse or child.

The launch of the new dataset – which is available as part of the site’s Immigration, Emigration and Naturalisation collection – comes after TheGenealogist revealed it would be rolling out several major updates in 2016.

The resource, which first hit the web in 2002, will be launching a “range of interface improvements” and redigitising several key record sets, including its collection of UK census returns.

This means that customers will be able to access record scans at a higher resolution than before, with the ability to alter the contrast, brightness, rotation and inversion of the images.

To accompany the main website changes, TheGenealogist will also be releasing a new version of its TreeView software for desktop and tablet devices, enabling users to manage and view family tree information in a variety of formats, including a multi-generational chart, hourglass chart and fan chart.

To search the new records, log into TheGenealogist, and select ‘Passenger Lists’ from the ‘Immigration, Emigration and Naturalisation’ drop-down menu (requires subscription)

The same collection can also be accessed on Ancestry here

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