Simple STEP-BY-STEP Searching of Australian BIRTH/DEATH/MARRIAGE INDEXES on CD-ROM
New South WalesTasmaniaVictoria (1837-1888)Western Australia [using KAware2 Software]
Type in Surname required (e.g. JOHNSON). Press <Enter>. **[see end for other options]. The search retrieves all registrations for people with this surname. When completed the SET LIST will be displayed showing Set #1, along with the number of Surname records found.
[N.B.: It is better to type the first name only or the first name and initial only of the second name. If one doesnt work, try the other.]. The SET LIST again appears, showing this item as Set #2, along with the number of records found.
Combining Sets [i.e. obtaining results of the first two searches by combining the Surname with the Given Name.]
To Display search results: Press the F6 key. Use left-right arrow keys to page through records. [To display previous searches, press the F5 key, move the cursor to Display a Set. Press <Enter>.]
To Print a Record: Press SHIFT and PRINT keys together.
To Print all Records: Press the F5 key, use Enter key to highlight Print a Set. Press <Enter>
The following boxes appear:
Saving to Disk
To EXPORT to DISK: Press the F5 key. Use arrow down key to get to highlight Export a Set. Press <Enter>
To EXIT one program (e.g. Births), PRESS F10 key. You are asked to type in Y/N. Type in Y. This brings you back to the Select a database window showing: 1) Births; 2) Deaths; 3) Marriages. You can then select another database (e.g. Marriages) and follow the above directions again.
To EXIT back to N.L.A. Menu. Press the F10 key
**Use the t key to tick options when a selection box drops down offering optional spellings of surnames, registration districts etc. Select and, or and not options accordingly when Combining Sets.
F2 key. It is not advisable to use the options in F2 unless you are an experienced searcher.
For more advanced searches see the booklets in the Newspaper/Microform Reading Room. Also, at the Information Desk: Australian Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes on CD-ROM: an introduction/Wendy Baker. This booklet gives more information on both types of software and search strategies.