August is National Family History Month, and the National Library is celebrating with a month of family history-related content and programs.

Blog posts

Weekly blog posts written by our Family History team will be published throughout August. Keep an eye on our social media channels (FacebookInstagramTwitter) for updates.

Learning Webinars

  • e-Resources – Newspapers for Family History

Help – I need newspapers that aren’t in Trove! Discover even more online Australian and overseas newspapers available via the Library’s eResources.

7 August 1-2pm Register here or call 02 6262 1111

  • Ask a Family History Librarian

Hear how our Family History team have solved mysteries sent to us by inquisitive genealogists from all over the world.

14 August 1-2pm Register here or call 02 6262 1111

Onsite Learning Session

Genealogy gems

Join us at the Library as a panel of our Family History team share their genealogy gems – those special and sometimes obscure resources that have helped them the most.

28 August 1-2pm Register here or call 02 6262 1111

eResource of the Month

Sydney Morning Herald Archives 1955-1995

Newspapers are a great place to research your family history. Did you know that you can search digital replicas of every edition of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald between January 1st, 1955 to February 27th, 1995?

What scandals, treasures or celebrations might you discover?

Use your Library card to access this resource from home. Don't have a Library card? Register online

Family History newsletter

We are launching a new Family History newsletter as part of our National Family History Month celebrations. The newsletter will bring snippets of family history related content and news straight to your inbox every month. To subscribe, visit the eNews page on our website.

Social media

Throughout August many of our social media posts will be family history oriented. These will include #FamilyHistoryTips and highlights of our family history resources. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


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.

Research Guides

Our family history librarians have prepared a 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:

  • Australian Indigenous family history
  • Australian maps for family historians
  • Australian cemetery records
  • Australian shipping and passenger records

Discover more at a National Family History Month event near you

There are more than 100 events happening around the country. Find out what is happening near you throughout August on the National Family History Month website or on their Facebook page.