Listed below are some key Australia-wide family history resources. For information relating to a specific State or Territory, please from the links on the left.

Key Resources

Tracing your family history in Australia: a national guide to sources
Tracing your family history in Australia: a bibliography

Australian Joint Copying Project
This is a large collection of microfilmed material, from archives and libraries in the United Kingdom, relating to Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, most of South East Asia and Antarctic

Top Australian content in Ancestry includes the Australian electoral rolls collection, which includes all Australian states other than South Australia, and a large collection of passenger lists. To view the Australian databases in Ancestry go to the Search tab and select Australia & NZ under Explore by Location.

The Australasian content in Findmypast relates to all Australian states and New Zealand with a small number of records for the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most content is from published sources and includes almanacs, Blue Books, electoral rolls, government gazettes, police gazettes, post office directories and more.

Archives and Libraries

The National Archives of Australia
The National Archives houses Commonwealth government records such as military, immigration and naturalisation papers. Records date from Federation in 1901 although, for some government departments, earlier material dating back to the mid-1850s is held. Over 18 million records have been digitised and are searchable by selecting Search the collection from their home page. Other material can be viewed in their State and Territory reading rooms.

Trove on ipad
Trove is a portal for online collections from all around Australia

Explore TROVE for digital content and information on collections around Australia. Some of the most important sections for family historians include:

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