Useful Resources for Family History Research

Arthur Phillip Chapter

Fellowship of the First Fleeters Arthur Phillip Chapter.

NSW State Library

Provides a good introduction to researching your family history.

NSW State Archives

Provides many handy guides, including Family History Guide, Immigration / Shipping Guide, Convicts Index 1791 to 1873, Change of Name Guide, Divorce Records Guide, Electoral Rolls Guide and much more.

NSW Births Deaths & Marriages

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

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.


UK and Ireland Genealogy. Leads to many different sites. Search by Counties.


Host for many genealogical groups.

UK National Archives

Wills, service records, census, BMDs, shipping records. Search indexes free but pay to view full record.

Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters

Volunteers gradually recording passenger lists from 19th Century shipping records.


Royal Australian Historical Society.

NSW Heritage Database

NSW Heritage Office – State Heritage Inventory.

NSW Land Registry Services

Maintains NSW Land Title records.

Ryerson Index

An index to death and funeral notices and other death-type information, published in Australian newspapers from 1803 to the present.


Society of Australian Genealogists.

Photographic and Other Resources

An extensive range of photographs and paintings are held in state and national archives. Just a few examples are given here. For other states, use Google to find the respective State Library, and follow the prompts to your area of interest.

State Library Victoria

The Library's Pictures Collection documents Victoria’s history visually, through artworks, objects and photographs. The collection includes images of Victorian people, the built environment, public and private gardens, and historical events.

City of Sydney History and Archives

There are many historical records available here. Follow the link to 'City of Sydney Archives' for more than 12,000 shelf metres of archives relating to the City of Sydney and its people, places and events.

National Library of Australia

The Pictures collection includes material in a wide variety of formats which document significant people, places and events in Australian history and society.

National Archives of Australia

Explore Australia's most valuable government records and research your family history.


Explore amazing collections from Australian libraries, universities, museums, galleries and archives. Search for digital copies of newspapers, Government Gazettes, maps, magazines and newsletters. Or books, pictures, photographs, archived websites, music and interviews. Even information about famous Australians, including copies of letters, diaries and personal archives. Also locate books and other physical items held in libraries and organisations around Australia.

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