Family History

Researching your Family History can be a fun and fulfilling recreational activity, challenging the idea of where you come from and allowing you to discover the heroic, every day or even sordid background of your ancestors.

Using websites such as and Find My Past you can sometimes reveal surprising information about your ancestors lives, where they lived, who they married, even what they did for a job.


And if you get stuck or don't know where to start you can arrange an introductory session with one of our Information Staff.   Just ask at the Front Desk for details.




Family History websites FREE for you to use on your laptop or our computers (only available at the library)
Find your ancestors in Australia, America, the United Kingdom and some European countries. Search through census, birth, marriage and death records and much more.
Australian electoral rolls, births, deaths and marriages are now featured.

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A very comprehensive collection of family history resources including census,military, births, marriages, deaths and migration records. Choose to search records from the United Kingdom, Australasia and Ireland.

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British Newspaper Archives  
Search through over 200 years of British Newspapers (local and national) to find your ancestors.

Click on the REGISTER button and enter your details and you will have free access within Darebin Libraries. 

Other Useful links

Public Records Office of Victoria
PROV is the archives of the Victorian State Government holding records
from the 1830s

Genealogical Society of Victoria
A leading family history society with an extensive collection of local and overseas records

National Archives of Australia
Learn how to view original military & migration records to help with your research

Family Search
A huge collection of worldwide family history records