WA Indigenous Family History Resources

Resources to guide your Western Australian Indigenous family history research

Katitjin: a guide to Indigenous records in the Battye Library collection

Katitjin: a guide to Indigenous records in the Battye Library is a comprehensive guide to the Indigenous collections held within the Battye Library. It provides information on records available and how to access them, as well as where to go to further your search. Compiled by Heather Campbell and funded by the Friends of Battye Library (Inc).

Background information about accessing collections and records

As many of the archival records relating to Aboriginal people are in different collections, here is a small select bibliography of publications available at the State Library of WA to get you started in locating those relevant to your family history reserach.

Online biographical indexes for personal names

There are a growing number of online resources which are specifically designed to help you locate information on specific family members.

Published biographical indexes for personal names

The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians, Volumes 1 to 8, 1829-1914 (B/994).
This is a series of volumes listing many Aborigines, and European and Asian settlers in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Western Australia.  Individual entries give a person's common name, any other name, locality and . refer back to the original government source from where the name was referenced and as such an important way to identify these sources.

Volumes relating specifically to Western Australian Indigenous people include:

Later additions relating to the North West of the State include: Aboriginal Names of the Pilbara, c1870-1890, the Gascoyne, c1880-1890, the Kimberley, c1880-1890 and Aboriginal Names of the Murchison District c1848-1890 compiled by Neville Green.

You could also try the following resources for personal names:

  • Biographical Index (Battye);- a microfiche index containing articles on people indexed from newspapers (mainly 1833-1896 & 1950-1984) and books and serials (mainly 1950-1984).
  • Personal Names Index (Aboriginal family history programme), Jennie Carter, Aboriginal affairs Planning Authoritiy (Q353.5349 WES)

Archival materials and publications relevant to research into Indigenous family history

Other Historical Indexes and Background that can assist in identifying personal names and places and key events

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