Tours & Workshops

The Hannan Street draper Michael O'Reilly takes his family out in their 1905 Oldsmobile model C, March 1907
The Hannan Street draper Michael O'Reilly takes
his family out in their Oldsmobile model C, March 1907
State Library of Western Australia, 011188D

First Wednesday Tours

The Family History Subject Specialists offer tours of the Genealogy Centre and the J S Battye Library of West Australian History on the first Wednesday of each month from February through to November. Tours are aimed at beginners and highlight some of the key resources for family history in both collections.

The last tour for 2016 is on 2 November. 

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Where: Meet in the Gallery (Ground floor)
Bookings: (08) 9427 3111


Family History workshops can be arranged for societies and groups. Please contact Leonie for more details. You can also email us if you would like to be added to our Family History Mailing List and receive news about family history resources and events.

Leonie Hayes, Subject Specialist: Family History.
+61 8 9427 3247

Australian Joint Copying Project: what is it and where do I start?

Have you always wished you could get your hands on documents hidden away in archives in the UK? You may be surprised to learn that many of them are available on microfilm right here at the State Library. Records include documents relating to convicts, soldiers, early settlers and more.
This presentation explains the background to the project, how to find relevant material and gives plenty of examples to whet your appetite. 

Black and White and Read all Over

One of the most exciting developments for family history researchers is the rapidly expanding collection of digitised newspapers available. For family historians who think that they have reached the limits of what they can reasonably expect to discover about their forebears, think again!
The State Library subscribes to digitised historic newspaper archives from Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. These are all available to search from home to members of the State Library. 

Bride Ships in all but name: Miss Monk and the servant girls

You may have heard of the bride ships bringing young girls out to Western Australia from the 1850s to the 1880s to address the imbalance of the sexes in the population. But were you aware that this practice continued long after, until well into the 20th century? This presentation looks at how the women were selected, their voyages to Western Australia, how they were treated on arrival and more. Alongside their story is a case study of Miss Monk, the kindly matron who accompanied them on many trips.

Catalogue conundrums and website whimsies

Have you ever struggled to find what you are looking for in our catalogue or website? This talk introduces some of the family history resources we have at the State Library and how to find them. Whether it is our blog, Facebook page, subject guides, bookmarks, eresources, catalogued items or private archives - you are sure to discover resources you were not aware of. You will also learn a few tricks along the way.

Digital resources at the State Library of Western Australia

A show and tell session highlighting some of our heritage materials which have been digitised and made available to everyone online.

Fantastic Websites for Family History

Take a look at about fifty of our favourite family history websites from around the world.

Getting the best out of Ancestry

Do you want to explore Ancestry but don't know where to start? Have you tried to search and been overwhelmed with results that aren't helpful? We can help!
Ancestry is one of the major subscription databases for family history research. The library edition is available at the State Library and in public libraries throughout Western Australia. Content is vast and includes census records, parish records, electoral rolls, passenger lists and much more.
Come along and learn about the main databases within Ancestry and pick up lots of tips on how to search them for the best results. 

Introduction to FindmyPast

Findmypast is the Library's other major family history eresource and should be used to complement Ancestry. Come along to this session to find out what's included in Findmypast and how best to search it.

Pathways to the Past: Family History for Beginners

This is an introduction to family history research for beginners. It covers how to get started, where to go, key resources at the State Library and online and more.

Researching your family history at the State Library

This talk covers what's available in the Genealogy Centre, effective use of our catalogue, accessing electronic resources from home and more.

Sharing Our Secrets: family history resources from the stacks

Discover some of the hidden treasures in the State Library stacks which can be useful for family historians.

Soliciting our Ancestors: the Stone James & Co. collection of solicitors' records

An illustrated talk based on the records of an early firm of solicitors which include many records relating to early Western Australian pioneers.

Travellers' Tales: how to find diaries, journals and other narratives of journeys to Australia

Our ancestors travelled to Australia in varied circumstances. Some came voluntarily, some not, some were wealthy, others wretchedly poor, some came for adventure, others to escape. All had their own stories. In this presentation we will give you some ideas on where to go to discover all kinds of travellers' tales - official and personal.

Using Social Media

Feeling the tyranny of distance when trying to trace your illusive ancestors? Canít think how you would even begin to research in a particular place? Discover how Facebook, blogs and Pinterest can help with your family history.

Vital Records: how to find births, marriages and deaths

Birth, marriage and death records are the main building blocks for family history. This session provides an overview of where to look for vital records in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and what they may provide. 

Well they didn't swim...

One of the most common questions asked by family history researchers is "when did my ancestor arrive in Western Australia?" This seminar explores the many resources available for finding your ancestors' arrival - and, where no passenger list has survived, suggests places where first mention of them in their new State may be found.
This talk covers State Library resources and other physical sources of immigration information as well as websites. 

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