Some people may find content on this website distressing. Read more

Family History

Download a printable version of Family History (220 KB PDF)

How to do your own Family History Research

There are lots of websites with great advice about how to do family history research, which can be a great way to find out more about the lives of past family members.

The National Archives of Australia website is a good place to start, see: http://naa.gov.au/collection/family-history/

The State Library in your capital city is another place you can go to get help and advice about family history research and family tracing. Most State Libraries have a genealogy (family history) centre. At the State Library, you can get free access to websites like Ancestry.com, and search resources like Police Gazettes, post office directories, immigration and shipping records and a range of family history indexes.

ACT Heritage Library:
Visit the ACT Heritage Library (Library staff can assist you to access resources like Ancestry.com and findmypast.com): http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history/
Northern Territory Library:
Family Historians at Northern Territory Library: https://dtc.nt.gov.au/arts-and-museums/northern-territory-library/library-services/family-historians
State Library of New South Wales:
Family History and Local History: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/services/family_history/
State Library of Queensland:
Family History: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/family-history
State Library of South Australia:
Family History Service at the State Library of South Australia: http://guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/FHservice
State Library of Tasmania:
Family History: http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/family-history/Pages/default.aspx
State Library of Victoria:
Family History Resources: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/explore/family-history-resources
State Library of Western Australia:
Family History: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/family_history