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Family history

The Library has an incredible array of family history resources to help you find out more about the lives of your ancestors. Most of the sources are Australian; however, information from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland is also available as is a growing collection of sources for Jewish genealogy.

Genealogy, or the compiling of a family tree, is the starting point for broader family history research. It reveals details of related individuals extending backwards in time.

Family history research may lead to more specialised sources in other areas of the Library's collection including Australian manuscripts, where you'll find ships' diaries describing the voyage out to Victoria; our maps collection, where you can look for plans of Melbourne's city and suburbs; or our Pictures Collection, where there may be images of the Victorian towns where your family once lived.

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Find out more about the lives of your ancestors both in Australia and overseas! You can discover when your grandparents arrived in Australia or track down a distant relative who was a convict. You can look up directories, electoral rolls or birth, death and marriage indexes to see if your aunt or uncle is listed.

 

You can also search Ancestry Library Edition, a popular family history database which provides visitors to the Library with free access to original sources including British census records and some Australian electoral rolls.

 

Most of the sources that help you research your family history are Australian. However, information from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland is also available as is a growing collection of sources for Jewish genealogy research.

 

 

Family history research may lead to more specialised sources in the Library's Manuscripts collection, such as ships’ diaries describing the voyage out to Victoria, perhaps in Maps showing Melbourne city and suburbs, to Pictures illustrating the Victorian towns where your ancestors lived and in Newspapers to reports of local events possibly attended by your family, everything from football matches to grand balls.

 

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Family history research guides

Family Matters blog

Indexes (Tetlow/Darragh)

Audio (Family History Feast podcasts)

Family history events

 

Images

 

1. H 83.126/1 Family group on a verandah. c 1900 – c 1914 Creator : Mark James Daniel

**tiff available on SLV website; out of copyright

 

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2. MS 13787 The Genealogie of Northwood or Norwood beginning 1053

Photographer : Carla Gottgens to be acknowledged; High quality image available via email

 

 

 

 

 

3. Helen Macpherson Smith Genealogy Centre, State Library of Victoria c2007

Photograph of Centre by SLV photographer so high quality image should be available

We prefer second row from top left hand image.