Family history and local history

Visit our family history and local history area on Lower Ground 2 of the Governor Marie Bashir 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.

Research guides
Photo of a family

We have created a number of family history research guides. You will find the guides particularly useful if your research relates to NSW.

We also have two getting started guides for a basic introduction to resources.


Follow us on tumblr for the latest in family history. Find out about:

  • new books and eresources
  • our latest digitisation initiatives
  • researchers’ stories of using our collections
  • upcoming talks, workshops and seminars at the Library
  • major events on the genealogical calendar.


We can run a tailored ‘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 provide a program to cover a specific topic for your group. The program runs for about 90 minutes. You will need to book ahead.

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We also offer workshops and talks throughout the year. Every August we celebrate National Family History Month with a varied program. See our Events page for further details.


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.

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The State Library provides a free Information Request Service.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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