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

Globe
Section of world globe
in the Battye Library
  • Australia
    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.
  • Britain
    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.
  • Worldwide
    How to find key international online family history sources.

General Subject Guides

  • Heritage Online
Discover some of our Western Australian heritage material which has been digitised by the State Library.
  • Passenger Lists
    Key resources for finding passenger lists.
  • Ships
    Information on convict ships, passenger ships, ship photographs etc.

      Guides to Collections and Services

      J S Battye 
Library of West Australian History
      The J S Battye Library of West Australian History
      is on the 3rd floor of the State Library
      • 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.
      • Eresources
        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
      • Websites
        How to find the best family history websites from Australia and around the world.

      Handbook to family history research in Western Australia

      Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning
      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.

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