My GG Grandfather; Reuben Pritchard was born at Ruislip, Middlesex, England in 1829 & died at Barkers Creek, Victoria, Australia on 16 April 1906.
I am wondering where do I start to research this man as I have no further knowledge as to when & where he came to Australia, and am wondering if you have records for this era.
Surviving early immigration records are kept by each State's Archives Office. Victoria has some arrivals indexed online - Reuben and his wife Catherine (Barr) arrived on the "Asia" in 1855. The original manifests are on microfiche at most libraries and family history societies, but those for Victoria provide very little extra information. Sometimes you may find an occupation or details of who they were contracted to work for, but as your couple were unassisted immigrants this is unlikely. The online indexes are here http://www.access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/PROVguides/PROVguide023/PR... (He is indexed as Rubin).
Just a quick thankyou for your speedy & very helpful response.
It is much appreciated.
Just wandering where you found the name "Barr" ?
The name is correct but I could not find it on the "PROV" site.
I found Rubin & Catherine Pritchard but no mention of her maiden name.
The National Archives of Australia is the archives of the Commonwealth, and as such our records mainly cover from Federation in 1901 to the present day (but we can only provide access to records that are in the open access period, see fact sheet 10 http://naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs10.aspx).
The UK National Archives holds passenger lists from 1890, and you may be lucky that your G-G-grandfather arrived after 1890. You can search online http://www.ancestorsonboard.com/. Some basic information about the UK National Archives passenger records is at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/passenger-lists.htm, and more detailed information on how to search for passenger records in the UK is at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/passe....
If you have no luck searching using the UK online database, you can try the Public Record Office of Victoria as they have online indexes of incoming passengers from 1852 to 1923, and online indexes of assisted migration from 1839 to 1871. You may also be able to find information about his will/probate. These indexes are all available at http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/PROVguides/PROVguide023/PROVgu....
Best of luck searching (and I've just noticed that Debra has also responded!, sorry for duplication of info)
Could you please ask Debra where she found Catherine Pritchard's maiden name "Barr".
The PROV site Debra referred me to does have Rubin & Catherine Pritchards names but no mention of her maiden name.
The "Barr" name is correct so I would like to see the site it came from.
Catherine's surname is not on the immigration record, I just checked the UK marriage index and Victorian birth indexes before posting, just to make sure I had the right couple. They were married in the district of Brentford in Middlesex in 1854 and had a daughter Alice at Forest Creek in Victoria in 1855. Catherine's surname is on both of these records. Not too many Reuben Pritchards around so I am confident it is the same couple.
Would it be possible to pass on the http web address for the UK marriage index & Victorian birth indexes you mentioned, as I am having difficulty finding Catherine's details from these sites.
FreeBMD (UK civil registration commenced in 1837)
If you search for Reuben's marriage you will see a little envelope symbol beside the result. Click on this and a descendant has added extra info including their contact email.
Online Vic indexes (you do need to pay to view index results and certificates can be downloaded online)
Vic indexes are also on CD at most libraries and family history societies, or you can purchase them yourself.
Thanks very much for this information Debra - I know about the National Archives collection, but not really very much about other indexes and the holdings of other archival organisations that would be of use for genealogists. I'm grateful you are able to help point people in the right direction.