Norfolk island family history

Researching your Family History Norfolk Island 1788-1814

Historian Cathy Dunn takes you on a journey back to the 1st Settlement of Norfolk Island 1788-1814 describing the archives and records that are available, where copies of the records are kept and what family history records can find online.

Norfolk island 1788 - 1814Discovering how your ancestors lived Norfolk Island does take one across a large variety of records. 

Cathy reviews the victualling books and musters; birth, death and marriages records; land grants and leases records; hospital records; diaries and journals; Sydney Gazette; Rev. Fulton BDMs; shipping records and musters as well as other records for family historians related to Norfolk Island 1788-1814.

It was not just convicts who went to Norfolk Island. There were also marines, members of the NSW Corps, free settlers, colonial offenders, aboriginal people and civil appointees.

Resources for Researching your Family History Norfolk Island 1788-1814 is available in two formats:

Unlock the PastAfter presenting on the 6th Unlock the Past cruise and the Unlock the Past Norfolk Island Conference in 2014, Alan Phillips of Unlock the Past asked us to write up a guide to ‘Researching your Family History: Norfolk Island 1788–1814’ and so I find myself at the keyboard typing once again ‘Norfolk Island’.

Acknowledgment is given to the staff and resources of the Mitchell Library Sydney, State Library of New South Wales, State Records New South Wales, National Library of Australia and the Kingston and Arthur Vale Public Research Centre Norfolk Island. And thanks to my good friend Historian Liz McCoy for sharing her love and passion of Norfolk Island with us.

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