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Family History

Whether you are an experienced genealogist, a complete beginner or something in between, the State Library has much to offer. We provide free tours and workshops, handouts and in-depth subject guides. Our collection includes birth, marriage and death indexes, convict records, directories, electoral rolls, newspapers, passenger lists and much more. We also provide free access within the building to some of the top family history databases such as Ancestry library edition and British Newspapers.

The Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor has a wide variety of sources for all Australian States and Territories as well as for other countries, particularly Britain and New Zealand.

Four computers in the Genealogy Centre are set aside each day between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm exclusively for family history research. See staff at the enquiry desk for logon details.

If you are researching your Western Australian ancestors, a visit to the J S Battye Library of West Australian History on the 3rd floor is a must.

Use our Subject Guides below to find detailed information on resources available both within the State Library and online:

Guides to Countries and Regions

General Subject Guides

Guides to Collections and Services

Handbook to family history research in Western Australia

Page last updated: Wednesday 16 October 2013