Family History

Family History is one of the fastest growing leisure activities and at Preston Library we have many resources and records to help you to find out about your ancestors.

Arrange an introductory session by leaving your details with a staff member and we will contact you to make an appointment.

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