Family History Month

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that strengthen an individual's understanding of who they are.

Family history is part detective work, part historical research. Our expert staff will turn you into super sleuths in no time with our series of practical workshops

During Family History Month there are talks and workshops on how to search Library resources such as Ancestry and Findmypast. The workshops are followed by free time to do your own searching.

We have a dedicated family history area onsite where you will find family history records and resources, including: electoral rolls, genealogy handbooks. past newspapers.  Staff can guide you through the Library’s collections and advise on resources to use.

For those researching online, our Family History research guides are a great place to get started.

Online Guides

Researching your family history

Explore your family history using the Library's diverse and extensive...

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Online guide

Guides for researching family history

Books, electronic resources, microfilm and original materials for family...

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Resources

Was one of your ancestors a whaler?

Sources include whalers logbooks, photographs, pictures of whaling and...

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Resources

Was your ancestor a doctor?

The Library holds a significant collection of material related to doctors...

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Talk

Starting family research at the Library

Friday 4 August 2017 - 10am to 11:30am

Family history is part detective work and part historical research.

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Workshop

Ancestry hands-on workshop

Friday 11 August 2017 - 10am to 11:30am

A practical session with an expert librarian who will show you how to best search Ancestry.

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Workshop

Ancestry hands-on workshop

Wednesday 9 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

A practical session with an expert librarian who will show you how to best search Ancestry.

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Talk

Starting family research at the Library

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

Family history is part detective work and part historical research.

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Workshop

Findmypast hands-on workshop

Wednesday 23 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

A practical session with an expert librarian who will show you how to best search Findmypast.

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Workshop

Findmypast: practical workshop

Friday 25 August 2017 - 10am to 11:30am

A practical session with an expert librarian who will show you how to best search Findmypast.

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Talk

Researching early Chinese Australian families

Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

In this talk you will learn about the history of Chinese Australian families from the 1860s to the

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Online Guides

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Begin your research with our online guide.

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