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 we're hosting a series of 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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Was one of your ancestors a whaler?

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

Read Was one of your ancestors a whaler?

Was your ancestor a doctor?

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

Read Was your ancestor a doctor?
Online Guides

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Begin your research with our online guide.

Read Births, Deaths & Marriages
Online guides

Passenger and Shipping Records

Begin your research with our online guide. 

Read Passenger and Shipping Records

Eresource highlights

Use our online resources for your Family History research

Read Eresource highlights