Family history and local history
Visit our family history and local history area on Lower Ground 2 of the State Reference Library Reading Room. There are staff here who can help you to get started with your research as well as using our collections. You will also find a large collection of family history and local history resources in this area.
We run a ‘Researching your family history’ program for family history groups. The program is free and includes:
- introduction to our catalogues
- introduction to our eresources
- advice on research strategies
- an orientation tour.
We can tailor the program to cover a specific topic for your group. The program runs for about 90 minutes. You will need to book ahead.
We also offer workshops and talks on different aspects of family history and local history. Check the Events page for details.
We have created a number of family history research guides. You will find the guides particularly useful if your research relates to NSW.
- Convicts: Bound for Australia
- Convicts: Life in the colony
- Aboriginal Australians family history
- Passenger records
- Shipping records
Getting started guides
Use our getting started guides for a basic introduction to resources.
- Births, deaths and marriages [PDF 67.79KB]
- Cemetery records [PDF 47.19KB]
- Church records [PDF 45.35KB]
- Electoral rolls [PDF 47.92KB]
You can use all of our family history eresources, including Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast, in the Library. Select ‘Family history’ on our eresources page. You can also use some of our eresources including past newspapers from home.
You will need our Library card to use eresources. Sign up for a Library card online or when you visit us.