Key Resources

Historical records of Victoria
This set of volumes reproduces all surviving official documents from Port Phillip for the period 1835-1840.
Private lives, public records: family history resources at Public Record Office Victoria
Beginning family history in Victoria
Family and local history sources in Victoria

Archives and Libraries

State Library of Victoria
La Trobe Reading Room, State Library
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Public Record Office Victoria
Public Record Office Victoria holds Victorian government records dating back to the mid-1830s. Their website includes some useful digitised records and online indexes to passenger lists, teachers, hospital patients and more:
PROV's Digitised Records and Online Indexes

National Archives of Australia - Melbourne reading room
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.

State Library of Victoria
The State Library of Victoria website includes the following of interest to family historians:
Australiana Index
(biographical and Victorian local history newspaper articles)
Family History Resources
Family History Research Guides


Use our SLWA Family History Bookmarks to find websites for Victoria recommended by the Family History Subject Specialists. Simply click on any heading of interest e.g. victoria-immigration to see a list of websites relating to this topic. The larger the tag, the more websites appear on the list.


Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.
The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc.
Dead Persons Society, Melbourne


The following journals are available in the Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor:
Ancestor: quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Victorian historical journal / Royal Historical Society of Victoria (Online)
Victorian historical journal / Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Other Resources

To find other material at the State Library try searching our catalogue using the keywords victoria genealogy.

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