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Genealogy collection

Our Genealogy collection has grown in response to strong interest by family historians and genealogists.

The collection concentrates on records for those compiling a pedigree chart or family tree. Also included are sources such as reference books, guides to sources for genealogical research, general collective biographies, printed records and selected supporting material.

Where actual records are not held, the collection provides lists of sources held elsewhere, addresses of repositories and guides on how to do research in other countries.

Researchers may also be referred to other agencies in Victoria that hold relevant material, such as the libraries of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, the Genealogical Society of Victoria, the Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office).

We don't collect pedigree charts.

Collection strengths

Collecting is focused on material from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Australian material is collected comprehensively and includes all major genealogical publications and primary source documents such as parish registers, immigration lists and convict records.

Published records include directories, telephone books, electoral rolls, occupational and pioneer listings, civil registration indexes and indexes of cemetery transcriptions.

Online genealogy resources are a strength of the collection.

The collection reflects the changing demographic profile of the Victorian community, incorporating people from the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Asia. Material relevant to people of Jewish descent is also actively acquired.

Many materials relevant to genealogy are located in other collections including:

Examples of other materials include biographies, family histories, heraldry, histories of forenames and surnames, and local history publications for Australia and overseas.

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