I began by using the Latter Day Saints website www.lds.org but soon found conflicting information. At the time there were some websites which allowed for free browsing of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the UK but these seem to have disappeared now. Much of my time was spent at the State Archives and at the John Oxley Library. I also accessed microfiche at the Cleveland and Logan City libraries. There is a comprehensive list of sources in the Bibliography of my book; however, I recently thought I'd check out the websites and many have changed. Here's one example: the Hamburg museum dedicated to emigration is now at the following site http://www.hamburg.de/ballinstadt/305340/ballinstadt-hamburg.html
It seems that all websites now offering information on the UK, Germany and America redirect the researcher to www.ancestry.com and the expectation to sign up for a membership. I have joined ancestry.com on a few occasions but I sign up for a fortnight and then spend most of my life on the computer only stopping to roost and graze.
Thanks to the magic of the internet, much information about Australia which was only available at the Archives and libraries is now available online. Index records are available for Queensland births registered up to and including 1914, deaths registered up to and including 1964 and marriages registered up to and including 1934 at http://www.justice.qld.gov.au . It's also possible to search on the web for BDMs in other states. There is a newspaper archive at http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper which makes newspapers from 1803 to 1982 available for research. This sure beats reading those huge old newspapers on microfiche and it is fun to see what you can turn up. Australian military records are also accessible at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/services.aspx .
Enough for one day. I'll give this some more thought in a future post.