Family history

If you are a beginner starting to trace your family history or a seasoned researcher looking to dig a little deeper, access our resources.

Photo and letter written by Louisa Sophia Bowden-Smith
Many useful resources accessible digitally online or in the State Library and State Records Office to help family history researchers.
Swimming in the creek near Kununurra 2018
Exploring and discovering family history is made easier with national and state resources.
Map of Australia and Tasmania or Van Diemens Land showing the British colonies as divided into counties 1857
Many resources to help you track down your ancestry - country by country.
JS Battye Library of West Australian History
The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History is a primary source for any information relating to Western Australia, historical or current.
alternative vision for Canberra submitted by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in the 1911 Federal Capital Design Competition
The Australian Joint Coping Project holds a wealth of great material.
Black and white photo migrants arriving at Fremantle 1923
Ships were how most new Australians arrived here.
State Archives School punishment books
State Records Office
Ensuring permanent accessibility to the essential evidence of the business of government in Western Australia.
Unidentified Faulkner Helen Ella Thomas and Paddy 1940

Dead Reckoning: a guide to family history research in WA

If you are a novice family historian, tracing your family tree or an experienced genealogy researcher looking for a long lost uncle. Dead Reckoning is your online handbook to family history research in WA.

Person looking at Ancestry Library Edition on laptop screen
Ancestry Library Edition has 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases used to assist family history research from the Australia, United Kingdom and all around the world.

You may be interested in...

Frances Louisa Bussells diary 1841 on microfiche
Explore your family history. Some resources are accessible at home, and others only within the State Library.
Cundeelee school children on a bush walk 1955
Monthly on the last Wednesday, 2 - 4pm until Wed, Dec 18 2024
The Storylines project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
Huts family Western Australia 1954
Getting started
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library and we’ll show you.