Date: Saturday 25 June 2016

Time: 8.30 for a 8.45 am start

Cost: $30 Members

$35 Non Members


8.45 Researching UK Archives from Abroad

For many of us, our research is based in the UK but we live in Australia so how do we successfully research our ancestors when we live so far away? The increase in

digitisation has been a boon for our research but with such a small percentage of records digitised what else can we do?

9.40 5 Minute Break

9.45 Directories, Gazetteers and more

These are underutilised resources by many genealogists who are often unaware of the genealogical treasures that can be found within their covers. There are many types of

directories available for research.

10.45 Morning Tea - supplied

11.10 Help I'm Stuck! Demolishing Brick Walls

We come to a halt in our research and swear our ancestors are deliberating hiding from us. We will discuss research methodology to help determine why the roadblocks exist and to demolish those them and progress your research again.

12.05 5 Minute Break

12.10 Wringing the Most Out of Your Documents

You’ve found the document, now put it through the wringer Documents are an integral part of our research but It is important that we extract every piece of information from each of the records we find.

1.10 5 Minute Break

1.15 English Parish records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch

Most people are familiar with the baptism, marriage and burial records found in parish records but there are many other wonderful parish records that can help in genealogical research. These include Vestry minutes, Churchwarden Accounts, settlement certificates,

examinations and removal orders, Parish poor rates and relief distribution, Parish apprenticeships, parish payments for work done within the parish, parish assisted emigration




In 2015 the Genealogical Society received a $22,580 Major Community Benefit Grant from the Northern Territory Government, through Peter Styles, the Minister responsible for Racing, Gaming and Licensing. This grant has been used to purchase a File Server which has significantly improved our capability and reliability to provide online resources to visitors who use our Library to search our immense and unique collection.

We also applied for a $5,000 Small Community Benefit Grant, this was used to purchase a CD storage system incorporated into our computer system. 

The benefits of receiving these grants are immense and will have a long lasting effect on our ability to help people connect and reconnect to their families.


BOOK FOR SLAE - SILENT PEARLS old Japanese graves in Darwin and the history of pearling 

by John Lamb  

This examination of the Japanese presence in the Northern Territory is at once an intriguing account of the pearling industry and a compelling study of the men and women who lived and died so far from their homeland.  Working from headstones in local cemeteries, John Lamb has assembled a wealth of detail from documentary and pictorial archives to reconstruct these lives. He tells of their hazardous occupations and also of their resourcefulness and endurance. Meticulously executed, Silent Pearls sheds new light on the rich and complex history of northern Australia .  Professor Stuart Macintyre, University of Melbourne

TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS BOOK ($48 plus postage)

Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory

Postal Address: PO Box 37212 Winnellie  NT 0821

email - gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

or through the Secretary – mobile 0412 018 015




The aim of the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory (GSNT) is to promote genealogical and family history research; to further the study of genealogy by the collection of historical data; to educate in genealogy and family history methods; and to urge the preservation of personal historical records.

Our Society holds Birth, Death and Marriage records for the British Settlement period which commenced in 1824, and Birth, Death and Marriage indexes from 1873 when newspapers began publication, to our current year, in addition we also have indexed articles that appear in the newspapers about families and events.  We have many unpublished indexes, if you are researching in the Northern Territory please contact us – gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

Due to the unique nature of the Territory, GSNT has undertaken a range of projects to identify more detailed information about people who have lived, worked and died here and those who travelled through the Territory.


Membership Reminder:

GSNT MEMBERSHIP WILL BECOME DUE ON  1 July for the 2016/2017 financial year


City of Darwin Council

2014 'Unearthing our Pioneers' $10,000

Unearthing our Pioneers aims to establish the final resting place within the Palmerston Cemetery of those 1230+ Pioneers presumed to be buried there.  Our volunteers have spent many months collating information to confirm or correct the current signage displayed at the Cemetery.  The listing is for those who have a surviving headstone and does not reflect the actual number of graves. The original size of the cemetery was 48 acres.

Our research will establish an extensive listing of those who are buried in the Palmerston Cemetery regardless of whether they have a headstone or not. The Cemetery is a heritage listed site and it was the first official cemetery for the Northern Territory. Many visitors come to the site and go away disappointed when they don't find their relative's names listed, and then think they are not buried there. We hope our work will help those to find the last resting place of their relatives.