Guides to Family History
The Family History Subject Guides give detailed information on the family history sources available within the State Library and online.
Guides to Countries and Regions
How to find key sources for the whole of Australia. There are also separate pages covering births, marriages and deaths, electoral rolls, newspapers etc. for each Australian State and Territory.
How to find key sources for the whole of Britain. There are also separate pages for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
- New Zealand
How to find key sources for New Zealand. There are also separate pages covering births, marriages and deaths, directories, electoral rolls, military records etc.
How to find key international online family history sources.
General Subject Guides
- Passenger Lists
Key resources for finding passenger lists.
Information on convict ships, passenger ships, ship photographs etc.
Guides to Collections and Services
- Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)
A guide to this important collection of microfilmed records from archives all over Britain. Includes records for convicts, the military, early settlers and much more.
- Guide to Ancestry
Find out what's on Ancestry library edition, how to search it and how to print and save census images.
Access some of the top family history databases from within the State Library such as Ancestry library edition and British Newspapers.
- For Beginners
Find out how to get started plus some key resources for beginners.
- Genealogy Centre
Overview of the collection and services in the Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor.
- J S Battye Library of West Australian History
Overview of the Battye Library which has the largest collection of material relating to Western Australia in the world.
- New Titles
A list of recently acquired family history items as well as material on order. Lists of other New Additions such as heritage material are also available via RSS feeds.
- Tours and Workshops
We offer free family history tours and workshops throughout the year.
How to find the best family history websites from Australia and around the world.
Dead Reckoning: How to find your way through the Genealogical Jungle of Western Australia is an invaluable guide for anyone researching Western Australian ancestors. Originally published as a book, it has been extensively revised and is now available through our website.
Page last updated: Wednesday 18 February 2015