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Family history research—Australian resources

Zahmoo is just one of many resources you can use to make the most of your family stories. Using Zahmoo as the centre of your storytelling and collecting, there are countless other sources of information you can use to feed into your story bank.

Here is a cheat sheet of these resources to get your started researching your Australian family history.

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia holds indexes of Australia’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registers which are published by each state or territory. You can use the NLA’s indexes to find official records of your ancestors—or even yourself! Dates of the records kept vary from state to state. You can find out more on the NLA’s website. The library also has a list of other genealogy resources here.

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia, while they are mainly devoted to government records, also have a nice guide for family historians on their website here and some specific resources for those researching their indigenous heritage. Immigration records are organised by state:  The site also has a suite of excellent fact sheets.

State and Territory Libraries

Australia has five State Libraries plus the Northern Territory Library and the ACT Heritage Library, and they all have dedicated family history and/or genealogy collections: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Those links will take you straight to the family history sections of their websites. They all have other useful online resources as well as skilled librarians who are only too happy to help you with your research and enquiries.


There’s also the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies which has a whole section on researching your family here.

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August 11th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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