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Biographical Database of Australia (BDA)

Biographical Database of Australia (BDA)

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The team of volunteer genealogists, indexing biographical sources from the Mitchell Library’s manuscripts index catalogue, for the Biographical Database of Australia (BDA). They are clockwise: Dasha Brandt (team leader in white), Jan Davies, Ann Cummins, Verna Little, Camilla Barlow, Trish Davies.

Former President of the Society of Australian Genealogists, Malcolm Sainty, is overseeing a major research project to build a biographical database of first resort for Australian historians and genealogists.

The Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) aims to include people born in or who arrived in Australia, the only restriction being that the subject of the biography is deceased.

Launched in September 2013 the BDA contains close to 1 million entries incorporating many key sources from published biographies to original records dating from the earliest days of European settlement. For the first time parish registers have been fully transcribed and indexed providing a boon to genealogists.

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To find out more about the Biographical Database of Australia stay tuned for an interview with Malcolm Sainty in the upcoming post.