I discovered your website through 'Australian Family Tree Connections'.My Great great grandfather William Pomeroy and his wife Ann came from Cornwall/Devon to Moonta in the 1850's as (I believe) a copper miner, their first children were born in Ballarat so I'm assuming they moved from Moonta to Ballarat, they then moved around NSW. Other relatives seemed to have come to Australia after William arrived and they appear to have 'moved' around together. I'm wondering if there are any tipsin regard to reseraching their movements. I have found some locations with big gaps, this has been hampered by variations in the spelling of their surname which changed on various records from Pomeroy to Pomroy.
Thanks for your website, very excited to find your website!!
Yvonne, Moonta must have been quite a town, I had family there during the mining days as well, but also my brother lived there a few years back and we went to visit, pity but I did not know about my miners then.
Looking at the indexes it seems this couple started in Adelaide, then went to Ballarat then back to Moonta. The first child was born in 1851, then it seems they were in Ballarat, one child, Richard was registered in SA in 1857 but is registered as being born in Ballarat Victoria (in SA. the next few Children were born Moonta.
When searching a name you can put in Pom* this will give you variations of the surname.
Some of areas you can look is of course Birth Death and Marriage registers, and if you can also try Newspapers via Trove
trove.nla.gov.au There is one letter in there written by William in praise of some young men who saved him from drowning in Moonta Bay. There is also an article of Manslaughter charges being laid against Mr William Pomroy at Moonta, There is also an obituary for a Harry Pomroy the only son of Mr & Mrs Pomroy, which if the right family may give you some history. It also mentions Moonta.
You need to remember that families did move around a lot, especially miners, and unless there was an official event, it maay be hard to trace thier exact travels.
I do hope this helps,
Oh and if there is something specific in Ballarat, let me know.
Hi I have 'mining' ancestors and would like to know more about what they did? Also how do l join this group?
Thanks for the comments on my website.
I too have Moonta mining ancestors but they went up to Queensland not Victoria. That was one of the reasons I started a discussion group on Mining Ancestors within the Australian Genealogists group and I see that you have also started a new Mining Ancestors discussion group with the exact same name. Not sure how that happens but now we have two. You can see all the previous discussions under the group I started way back when. Just click on view all and scroll down.
So many seem to be following the AFTC articles as I am getting emails, surface mail, tweets and comments on blogs and now via Genealogy Wise!
Carmel has made some good suggestions in her reply and it is hard to follow miners - purchasing BDM certificates is a good way if they keep having kids in different areas or I have also used school records as well but Queensland is the only state with extensive school indexes.
Best of luck
I meant to address my previous message to you... have addressed it to Carmel, please read as addressed to both of you and yourself in particular Cheers, Yvonne
Thank you for your reply... I have been working interstate and no access to personal emails, I'm now home again. Your information is very helpful & interesting. My William ancestor had relatives follow him to Moonta, Richard and another William (Pomroy or Pomeroy's just to complicate any research!!) the families all seemed to relocate to various areas together, interesting to find out which William was accused of manslaughter. i found out sometime ago that the cousin William was declared bankrupt during the 1890's depression in SA because his creditors were unable to pay him.... anyway onward with the research. Unfortunately my time is limited due to work and other commitments but I do try to research as I'm able each week (even if it's only for an hour). Any information you can provide about Ballarat would be wonderful, at one point I did contact the Ballarat Historical Society but didn't receive a reply.
I have been able to trace some movements via birth of children as you suggested.
Again, thanks your website is a wonderfull resource and I'm sure it will only go from strength to strength.
I am able to search the BDM records for South Australia (Moonta), and will do so for you if you wish. Have been doing a lot of this sort of stuff lately for patrons who come into the FamilySearch Centre and are unable to do it themselves because of physical disabilities.
Do you know Ann's maiden surname? That would make it more certain. My husband has Moonta (Cornish) miners in his family, and we've been tracing them. Back in the mid to late 19th century, Moonta was a large, thriving town (in excess of 20,000), and as some names were very common, the more information you have the better. 'Our' miner was a John Pascoe - well, there must have been dozens of them, and making sure you have the right children can be tricky if you don't have the mother's name.
Let me know if you would like me to try - I'll be in the Centre again this Friday.
Best of luck, Denise