Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

I’ve noticed that there are not a lot of records for many ancestors who lived during the mid to late 1800s which show who that person was or the role they played in the community.  There are of course the standard birth, death or marriage certificates but without something more substantial, many details will remain unknown.  It is helpful if a relative knows some facts about the individual in question but unfortunately most of this information can become lost through the generations.  This is when eulogies can come in handy.

Though they are not readily available for every single individual, I have found that they were often printed in the newspapers if the deceased was either a prominent person or an early pioneer.  Some such examples from my family tree are below.

Pioneer Couple Dead

The Late Mrs James Hough

A Boyanup Pioneer

Mr T. Hurst

There are also interesting examples from other families:

Old Colonist's Death

Decease of Mr Brockman

Mrs De Burgh

Filled with fascinating details about the individuals and the lives they lived, the eulogies give us a more intimate portrait of people who otherwise could’ve remained a mystery.  If you are after more specific details about your ancestors I highly advise searching for them in the newspaper section of the National Library of Australia’s Trove website (  If you’re lucky you may find a eulogy filled with new information and perhaps even new clues.

Happy searching!


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