August is National Family History Month, so the National Library is encouraging everyone to discover more about their own family history.

Discover more at a family history learning session

In addition to our usual learning programs, we will host family history focussed learning sessions. Check out Family History Maps for information on using the Library’s map collection for family history research, or Parish Records for information on researching Parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials. You can also watch a recording of our recent Trove for Family History webinar online.

Visit us at the National Library Open day

On Sunday 12 August, we are opening up the Library to celebrate 50 years since the current building opened. Come and meet members of the Newspapers and Family History team in the Main Reading Room, who can help you get started in your own family history research. There will also be live entertainment, talks, and tours all around the building, with something to interest everybody.

Connect on Social Media

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, where we will be posting regular Family History Tips to help you along your journey uncovering the stories of your past relatives.

Sign up to Trove

Search Trove’s digitised newspapers and gazettes, correct Trove articles, create lists of helpful items, or connect with other members of the Trove community via the Trove Forum.

Sign up to Trove for the full range of website features and check out Trove Help for search tips and more. 

Learn more with our research guides

Our family history librarians have prepared a great range of research guides to help you meet your research goals, whether you are just getting started or need to fine tune your methods. Find out more about:
• Government gazettes
• Australian maps for family historians
• Australian cemetery records
• Australian shipping and passenger records

Discover more at a Family History Month event near you

There are more than 200 events around the country. Find out what is happening near you on the National Family History Month website.