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Howell's Directory for the City and Port of Adelaide and South Australian Almanac - 1858
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 Howells 1858 South Australian Directory

In 1858 John Howell compiled Howell's Directory for the City and Port of Adelaide and South Australian Almanac. This Directory and Almanac is a useful resource for family historians and researches with an interest in the city of Adelaide and Port Adelaide areas.

The directory is divided into multiple sections which include a directory for North & South Adelaide, Directory for Port Adelaide, an almanac for 1858, Official directory of Government and Government departments, Courts, Markets and other information. The last section of Howell’s directory contains many interesting advertisements.

We have published two searchable lists that cover the directories for ‘North & South Adelaide’ and Port Adelaide from this publication. The listings include householder names, together with their occupations and addresses.

For those researching family trees this directory can be a great source of information.

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1870 Professional, Mercantile, and Trades Directory of Adelaide
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In 1870 W. Francis Brenton published The professional, mercantile and trades directory of Adelaide. This was the first year of publication for the directory and those listed in it where classified in alphabetical order. The main section in this publication was titled "Brenton's Directory", it is this section that has been transcribed and is now searchable via The details in this section includes individuals and owners names, business names and address details. Other sections in this publication include "Brenton's Almanack 1870" and "Brenton's Directory Advertisements".

The professional, mercantile and trades directory of Adelaide

For those researching family trees this directory can be a great source of information. Find out a little more about your family history by searching the database here.

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1910 Tourists Road Guides for South Australia - Searchable
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Index of motor cars owners registered in 1910 in South Australia. The searchable database contains the official number, name and address of the registered owner. The list of car and bike owners was published in the sixth edition of the 'The Tourists Road Guide' by W.K Thomas and Co.  

The Tourists Road Guides for South Australia were published over a period of at least 20 years in the early 1900's. They include a large amount of information giving insight into the period as well as information on places and people.

1910 South Australian Tourist Road Guide 


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Index of motor cycles registered 1910 - South Australia - Family History
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 Old Motor Bike - Family Tree oz

Complete index of motor cycles registered in 1910 in South Australia. The searchable index contains the official number, name and address of the registered owner.

The index can be searched here

Types of Family History Information
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Genealogists who seek to reconstruct the lives of each ancestor consider all historical information to be "genealogical" information. Traditionally, the basic information needed to ensure correct identification of each person are place names, occupations, family names, first names, and dates. However, modern genealogists greatly expand this list, recognizing the need to place this information in its historical context in order to properly evaluate genealogical evidence and distinguish between same-name individuals.

Family Names

Family names are simultaneously one of the most important pieces of genealogical information, and a source of significant confusion for researchers.

In many cultures, the name of a person refers to the family to which he or she belongs. This is called the family name, surname, or last name. Patronymics are names that identify an individual based on the father''s name, e.g., Marga Olafsdottir or Olaf Thorsson. Many cultures used patronymics before surnames were adopted or came into use. The Dutch in New York, for example, used the patronymic system of names until 1687 when the advent of English rule mandated surname usage. In Iceland, patronymics are used by a majority of the population. In Denmark and Norway patronymics and farm names were generally in use through the 1800s and beyond, though surnames began to come into fashion toward the end of the nineteenth century in some parts of the country. Not until 1856 in Denmark and 1923 in Norway were there laws requiring surnames.

Family History - Genealogy
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Family history is the systematic narrative and research of past events relating to a specific family, or specific families.

While genealogy is the convenient label for the field, family history is the over-arching term, since genealogy in the strict sense is only concerned with tracing unified lineages. Other sectors of family history, such as one-name studies, may pay only rudimentary attention to lineages, or may emphasize biography rather than vital data.

Forms of family-history research include:

  • genealogy (tracing a living person''s pedigree back into time from the present, or an historic person''s descendancy to the present, using archival records)
  • genetic genealogy (discovering relationships by comparing the DNA of living individuals);
  • one-name studies (an investigation of all persons with a common surname)
  • one-place studies (population histories including the German Ortsfamilienbuch)
  • heraldic and peerage studies (inquiries into the legal right of persons to bear arms or claim noble status)
  • clan studies (inquiries into groups with a shared patrilineal or matrilineal connection to a tribal chieftain and his servants, although they may not be related by blood and may not share the same surname)
  • family social and economic history (telling the story of a family''s place in society or economic achievements using oral and written records, or inferring information about lives from wider historical sources; this subject is treated below)

Unlike related forms of micro-history, such as corporate histories or local studies, family history research begins with only an approximate notion of the extent of the entity - the extended family - and never fully defines it, since the early origins of all families become invisible in prehistorical times. DNA genealogy offers some hope of moving this boundary further back into time.

Conducting Family History Research
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Family history can either be in the form of a printed document, electronic document or sound or video recording that preserves this history for future generations. The readers will expect it to describe where the family originated from, name the members of the family and state who they married.

Family Histories are often created as a memorial for the deceased and are written to be passed down to future generations.

Today many people are using these old records to recover their family history. But most of these records include only technical details of a person''s life, such as their birth date, whom they married, the jobs they did, and so forth, but they contain very little about the person themselves such as their likes, dislikes, hobbies, hopes and dreams.

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