In my case it was Trove. That sexy little knowledge tool, is quite a minx ;)
I started with a surname. On typing that into Trove and narrowing the results to South Australian Newspapers, I now had a list of lots of people in that locality with that surname. Browsing through I spotted a familiar one. A VERY familiar one. Brilliant! In the family notices section of the Adelaide Advertiser, the family had placed birthday announcements. This you see, gave me an address and a timeframe.
|Family Notices. (1951, December 18). The Advertiser(Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45770727*|
Over to findmypast I went, armed with this address and keen to look at the electoral roles. Type the address in the keywords and yes! there it is! Confirmation of my great-grandparents names, something I had not had before having only my mother's recollection of 'grandfather' and a photograph with a death date on the mantelpiece.
The world of information that then opened up. Marriage certificates, Birth notices, Death notices, newspaper articles, missing persons - I followed great-grandmother's family backward and backward through BDMs, Govt Gazettes and newspapers - I am going to have a blast confirming this all, and sharing what I find.
Great-grandfather is still stubbornly eluding me, siblings and parents, but no further. Still I now have his full NAME and BIRTHDATE and to a researcher, this is worth more than gold.
You can find all the #TroveTuesday posts over at Branches, Leaves & Pollen or search the hashtag on twitter :)
*yes I am aware that this is pretty unreadable. I must still respect the wishes of my living family members in regards to the past by mentioning no names.