Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
incorporating the
Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre

Useful Websites for Local and Family History

Organisation Use for:
Arthur Phillip Chapter Fellowship of the First Fleeters Arthur Phillip Chapter
NSW State Library This site provides a good introduction to researching your family history.
NSW BMD Index Registry records starting from 1856 (and up until): births over 100 years ago; deaths over 30 years ago; and  marriages over 50 years ago plus early church records (1788 to 1855) for baptisms, marriages, and burials.
National Archives of Australia The National Archives of Australia holds many records in which you might find information about your ancestors.  This is the place to come if your family members served in the Australian armed forces or if they migrated to Australia during the 20th century.
Australian War Memorial Search the collections of Photographs, Art, Film, Sound, Private Records, Heraldry and Technology items.
GENUKI UK and Ireland Genealogy.  Leads to many different sites.  Search by Counties.
RootsWeb Host for many genealogical groups.
UK National Archives Wills, service records, census, BMDs.  Search Indexes Free but pay to view full record. Shipping Records
Shipping In Australian WatersVolunteers gradually recording passenger lists from all 19th Century shipping records.  A very useful site and can save the eye strain of searching the reels at 'The Rocks'.
RAHSRoyal Australian Historical Society.
NSW heritage databaseNSW Heritage Office – State Heritage Inventory
NSW LRS NSW Land Registry Services
SAG Society of Australian Genealogists


Hundreds of photographs and paintings are held on the following sites. Follow the prompts to access your area and period of interest.

Just a few examples are given here. For other states use Google to access the State Library of your interest and follow the prompts to your area of interest.