Australian Wills Families - Library

This page is intended as a reference point for people researching the Wills Family.
It provides links to web pages that include information about members of the Wills Family plus titles of books and CD's that contain similar information. The list of landmarks with the Wills name may be of interest to some viewers.
If you are aware of a suitable reference web page or book for our library please send a "Letter to the Editor" or at least an email, providing details of the item.
Sharing information is a productive way to obtain more research and ensure that others can use your research.

Software for you to record your Family Tree.
  •   RootsMagic - Software to Unite Families. An updated version of PAF.
  •   Personal Ancestral File (PAF). Long standing Family History software. Development has now ceased.
  •   Gramps is the best LINUX genealogy software. It is also used by cattle and pet breeders and on any other thing that needs to trace generations.
  •   TreeView Mobile. You will have your family history at your fingertips
  •   Reunion, the family tree software for Macintosh, iPhone, and iPad.
Web links - with Wills information.
Web links - other information.

World sites
Web sites for Genealogists by Cora Nunn.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Google search engine
Family Search Internet Genealogy Service
Yahoo People Search
Genealogy Links Net - Includes Australia
World War Two Nominal Roll
National Library of Australia
A searchable database listing the convicts in the First Fleet
Sailing Ships that carried our ancestors to Australia
States of Australia
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
State Records NSW
Internet History Resources -
NSW Family History Documents

Land & Property Information NSW
Public Record Office of Victoria
Archives Office of Tasmania

GENUKI home page
Regiments Org
The largest UK directory enquiry service
English Origins
Institute of Historical Research -
Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Charles Booth Online Archive
The National Archives of Ireland
Access to Archives
Personal Ancestral File from the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
Family Access Web by Bill Leagans.
RootsWeb The Internet's Oldest & Largest Genealogy Site
The Mudcreek GENViewer Lite A marvelous little program
to see just what it in a gedcom or PAF file before you add it to your data base.

Books & CD's.
  •  Ancestor Treasure Hunt, by Richard Pokley - Published April, 1976 - The Edward Wills Family and Descendants in Australia 1797 - 1976. In PDF format for downloading.
  •  The Currency Lad by T.S. Wills Cooke. A biography of Horatio Spencer Howe Wills, 1811 to 1861 and the story of his immediate family 1797 to 1918, using contemporary letters, documents, daguerreotypes, paintings and photographs.
  •  Ancestor Treasure Hunt- The Edward Wills Family & Descendants in Australia 1797-1976 (may be out of print)
  •  The Registrars of Births, Deaths & marriages, in most states, have produced a CD set containing the index of births, deaths, marriages for their state. Contact them for details.
  •  Yellow Pages Telephone Directory.   Many books around the country contain a category for Genealogy listing Family History Centres or Genealogy processing businesses. The listings in your directory may know of others researching the Wills family.
  •  "The Book of Ilsington", is a hardback with about 170 pages including 365 photographs and a text describing a typical Dartmoor village with its history, and life during the last 100 years, at a time when the Wills family farmed 50 per cent of the farms in the parish. The publishers were Halsgrove publishing at
  •  Track number 9 on the CD "Dust on my Shoes" by "Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing" contains a song in memory of Tom Wills the sportsman. Mick Thomas is on, it was produced by
  •  Sport and Racing in Colonial Melbourne and subtitled The Cousins and Me; Colden Harrison, Tom Wills and William Hammersley. Basically the biographies of those three men to form a history of early sport in Melbourne - 1850s to 1880s, it was published in 2004 by Lynedoch Publications, Melbourne, and consists of 485 pages, has an index, bibliography, end-notes, and many contemporary illustrations. It is available from libraries, most good bookshops and Lynedoch Publications, 40 Brighton Street, Richmond 3121. ISBN 0 646 46960 6.
  •  Cullin-la-Ringo : the triumph and tragedy of Tommy Wills by Les Perrin, Book, Bib ID 493059, Publisher McDowall, Qld., 1998. ISBN 0646360337 : Subject Wills, Thomas, - 1835-1880. - Pioneers - Australia - Biography. - Cricket players - Australia - Australian football - History. - Cullin-la-Ringo (Qld.) - Massacres.
  •  Tom Wills : his spectacular rise and tragic fall by Greg de Moore - Book - Bib ID 4352302 - Book Publisher Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen and Unwin, 2008. - ISBN 9781741754995 (pbk.)
    "Tom Wills has been acknowledged by the AFL as the most significant founder of Australian Rules football. In 2008, Round 19 of the AFL season has been named the 'Tom Wills Round'. He was Honorary Secretary of the Melbourne Cricket Club, played cricket for Melbourne, Collingwood, Richmond and Geelong Cricket Clubs, captained most teams he played with, and represented Victoria in intercolonial cricket matches. He played cricket into his 40s. He played and umpired football for Melbourne and Geelong. Tom Wills was born in 1835 and died in 1880. He was born on a sheep run on the Molonglo River, 180 miles southwest of Sydney. His family moved to a property near Geelong, and later bought a station at Cullin-la-Ringo in Queensland. Tom was schooled at Rugby School in England, sent there at 14 and returning to Australia at 21 in 1856. While there, he excelled at cricket, and this lead to his international reputation as a cricketer playing for Australia. He died in Melbourne in 1880, stabbing himself to death. He was an alcoholic and despite coming from a very well-to-do family, he died destitute." -- Provided by publisher.
Landmarks with the Wills name.
  •  Glen Wills, Omeo Highway, Glen Valley, Victoria
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