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Genealogy is the study of family origins based on records of important events in the lives of individuals and their ancestors and families. Learn more by exploring the list of eResources on this page. If you are beginning your search, see Getting Started in Genealogy for more information or join a Family History Group at our libraries.

Libraries also provide a range of Local and Family History Events, such as presentations and workshops, suitable for both beginner and advanced researchers.

Ancestry Library
Ancestry Library Edition
Available for use within libraries only
Ancestry Library Edition is a huge subscription database with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more.
Find My Past
Find My Past
Available for use within libraries only
Find My Past is a family history and genealogy resource, with millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Note: Access is limited due to licensing restrictions, you may need to wait if access is unavailable.

Births, deaths and marriages

State records and archives

General family history & genealogy

  • Australian Family Tree Connections
    An independent monthly magazine devoted to providing advice, news and contacts for Australian and New Zealand family historians, Australian Family Tree Connections' website contains various links and information.
  • Family Search
    Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records in this free worldwide database. is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Discovering Anzacs
    Explore a collection of Australian and New Zealand wartime archival documents including: copyright and patents, defence correspondence, government records and photographs from World War I and the Boer War.
  • Australian War Memorial
    The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to the members of its armed forces. Search records relating to the war and view digitised enlistment papers for service men and women.
  • National Library of Australia Trove - Digitised Newspapers
    The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program covers a range of titles from every state and territory, from the earliest newspaper published in Australia in 1803 through to the mid 1950s.
  • Convict Transportation Registers
    Over 123,000 out of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia between 1787 and 1867 are recorded in this database.
  • Rootsweb
    Rootsweb is a free site devoted to family history. It hosts family trees, mailing lists and information of benefit to family historians.
  • IGI Batch Numbers
    This site lists the Batch Numbers for known Parishes of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as America and Canada.
  • Free BMD

    Free BMD is a project transcribing the Civil Registration Index of birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales from 1937-1983 into a searchable database.

    • FreeCEN is a free-to-view searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.
    • FreeREG is a free searchable database of UK Parish Register information.
    GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.

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