Researching your house

RESEARCHING YOUR HOUSE

GT Saturday, September 17, 1938 p. 3 House numbering introduced
House numbering system (The Gympie Times, 17 Sep 1938)

 

A large component of your research will focus on finding the people who lived in or established your home therefore the journey will include genealogical research. Did you know you can access Ancestry Library Edition, FREE, via Gympie Regional Libraries membership? Click here. Visit our branches to access freely via our wifi network using your own devices or access via our public computers.

To assist you in the research of the history of your home, here are some tips on where to begin….

COMPILE INFORMATION

    • What do you know?
    • Do you have any property records or house documentation?
    • What do neighbours, previous owners or community members know?
    • Do you know the approximate age of the building?
    • Was the building a residential and/or commercial building?

THINGS TO REMEMBER

COMMONLY USED SOURCES

LOCAL CONTACTS

Check with any local or family history organisations in your area. Your house may have already been researched or have significant people associated with your house. 

Our local history officer, based at Gympie Library may be able to assist you with:

    • house history research currently held
    • miners homestead lease numbers and land valuation records (limited areas)
    • advice on Ancestry research 
    • advice on Trove research – searching digitised newspaper archives
    • microfilm access to all back copies of  ‘The Gympie Times & Mary River Mining Gazette’ and ‘Nashville Times’
    • navigating the Gympie Library Local History resources and archives
Gympie Regional Libraries Website    Facebook
Gympie Family History Society  Website     Facebook

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Corley Explorer  (recommended use in Chrome browser) Photo collection of houses from the 1960’s to the 1970’s by Frank and Eunice Corley, donated to the State Library of Queensland.

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Properties and title search, Queensland place names search,

Queensland State Archives
Lands and mining records including archival records of maps, land orders, sales and leases, rates/land valuation registers, acquisitions and mining records, buildings built or used by the government.

National Archives of Australia  search records [Records Search]   for people or a name to find records about people associated with the home…. such as Passenger Records, Australian Service/Military records for addresses/residence/next of kin, etc.  May also assist with records of First Australians (indigenous) records

OTHER WEBSITES

QImagery online aerial photograph library, collection from 1930’s onwards

Queensland Globe  online interactive tool of Queensland mapping, imagery and spatial data