4 July 2012

H is for Hackney Cabs and Helen Harris's indexes

With this post for 'H' I am at last up to date with the 'Family History Through the Alphabet' challenge.

H is for...
  • Hackney Cabs.  Bill Shute compiled an index to hackney cab licences 1848-1853 and 1871 from Sydney City Council archives and Metropolitan Transit Commissioners records. The index is at State Records NSW, Sydney City Council Archives, the Society of Australian Genealogists and Gosford Library. (This is an extract from the book Specialist Indexes in Australia: a Genealogist's Guide, described on my Web site.)

  • Helen Harris's Indexes.  Helen Harris has compiled indexes to many fascinating sources. Although the emphasis is on Victoria (Australia), there are references to many interstate and overseas residents. Indexes on Helen's Web site are Missing People; Wife and Child Deserters; Infant Life Protection Act Indexes; Criminal and Other Case Files; Victoria Police; Employment Applications; Women Lecturers in Victoria; Theatrical, Literary and Artistic Lives and Lies.

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


  1. I agree, thanks once again Judy as I didn't know about Helen Harris's Indexes.

    1. I have been a big fan of Helen Harris for a long time. She indexes fascinating and hard-to-find sources; her talks are great; and she is one of the few professional genealogists whom I can personally recommend.

  2. Another interesting post. I hadn't heard about Helen Harris's indexes either.

    It really is amazing some of the alternative indexes that are available.

    Thank you.

    1. Thanks Sharon. Many other 'unusual' indexes are described in Specialist Indexes in Australia: a Genealogist's Guide (1998 edition and 2006 Supplement). Titles of the indexes are listed on my Web site.