Friday, 13 July 2012

J is for Jurors and Justice Department

This week's 'Family History Through the Alphabet' challenge focuses on the letter 'J'.

J is for...
  • Jurors.  Yesteryear Links published an index to jurors and witnesses in cases heard at Charters Towers (Queensland), 1920-1937, in the Circuit Court, District Court, Criminal Court, Police Court, Coroner's Court etc. The index gives names, addresses and often occupations of jurors and witnesses, and it states whether the original document includes that person's signature.

  • Justice Department.  Queensland State Archives hold many series of Justice Department records for which there are indexes. They include Registers of Criminal Depositions, Inquests (magisterial enquiries), and Preliminary Enquiries. For one series of Preliminary Enquiries (1931-1961) there are separate indexes to the deceased and other people mentioned. If there was also an inquest, the Preliminary Enquiries file gives extra details.

You can find out more about all of these indexes by referring to my books Specialist Indexes in Australia: a Genealogist's Guide and Tips for Queensland Research, which are held by many libraries.

More tips for family history are in my other articles in this series. If the information and advice is useful, have a look at this page.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip off re CT jurors -I hadn't been aware of the publication. Sorry to hear you've had a terrible week....hope life improves for you soon.

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  2. Judy when you next draw breath would you please be able to let me know any contact info for Yesteryear Links...having trouble finding them.

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    1. Pauleen, I emailed you about this at the time. If you didn't get that message, let me know.

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  3. Hi Judy

    I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award for everything you write and your willingness to share information and particularly for this series! (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).

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  4. Still loving hearing about these indexes. And congrats on your Blogger Award Nomination ... very well deserved.

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  5. Your posts make me wish that I had ancestors who were Queensland based as I feel you would advance my research considerably :)

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  6. I see according to Geneabloggers today is your 5th year anniversary since you've been blogging. Happy Blogiversary.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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    1. Thanks Jim. Tomorrow is actually the 3rd anniversary, but sometimes it feels like five years!

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