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The Library's collections offer a wealth of resources to the Australian family historian.

You will find  frequently used family history material on microfiche and microfilm in a special area of the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room. Check our guide to Family history sources in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room to see what we hold.

Many family history sources are available electronically.  Check eResources for titles or browse Genealogy in eResources. You can find bookmarked free websites, networked family history CDs and subscription services.  You will  need to come to the Library's reading rooms to use some of these.

The Library provides free access in its reading rooms to:

  • Ancestry (Library Edition)
  • FindMyPast
  • Origins Network

You can search the Library's catalogue for topics related to family history, such as published family histories, local histories, military histories and diaries, ship information and biography.

Staff can help you locate resources and use the microform equipment, but cannot do extensive or ongoing genealogical, historical or other research for you.

Frequently asked family history questions:

Major resources in the collection:

Material  relating to your family history may be found in other parts of the Library's collections such as: