Family matters

‘How to start your family history research’, updated research guide now available

The How to start your family history research guide has recently been expanded and updated to include detailed information on how to find Victorian genealogy resources. It is ideal for anyone new to family history research or for those interested in identifying what resources are available in the State Library of Victoria’s Genealogy Centre.

The guide provides information on how to identify and access indexes, databases and microfilm collections held in the centre. It also includes links to relevant external resources and websites. Navigation is easy as the guide is divided into the following sections -

  • finding books
  • birth, death and marriage records
  • divorce records
  • inquest records
  • cemetery and headstone transcriptions
  • church records
  • will and probate records
  • land records and maps
  • electoral rolls and directoris
  • immigration and naturalisation records
  • other libraries and archives
  • genealogy and family history societies

This is a work in progress. If you would like to suggest any other information sources or approaches to the topic please leave a comment below.

Don’t forget that there are also many other excellent research guides available on the State Library of Victoria’s website. Here are just some of the family history guides.


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