Sheila did not use Trove ( trove. nla.gov.au) in her research, but it’s a must-visit website for most people looking to discover more about their Australian ancestors. Hosted by the National Library of Australia, it includes archive records, books, images, historic newspapers and maps. Although not all lists for every ship still survive, those that do provide a fascinating insight for anyone with ancestors who emigrated on a long-haul voyage – and many are now available for researchers online on Findmypast, Ancestry and elsewhere. Content does vary, but you can expect at least the name of the ship, the names of passengers, their ages, ports of arrival and departure, dates, country of origin and occupation. There is often more available, too, including destination and even a physical description. Tracking down useful publications containing family information can be as much a matter of good luck as clever research, so make sure to ask around in local archives, at family gatherings or by searching on the internet.