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Family History

Photograph of a family picnic at Bobbin Head in 1909
Family picnic at Bobbin Head 1909

Genealogical resources


Family History Websites

We’ve gathered together a range of websites that will help you research your genealogy. The Australian Family History pages and the International Family History pages have been grouped together, while below are some very useful and popular genealogical websites which will get you started tracing your ancestors from around the world.

Ancestry.com (Library Edition) In library

Find my Past (Library Edition) In library

My Heritage (Library Edition) In library | At home

Family Search The largest collection of free family history records in the world.

Coraweb An excellent family history gateway site for tracing your family tree.

Cyndi's List A categorised and cross-referenced index to online genealogical resources.

Ancestor Search An interactive directory of the best free genealogy databases.

ObituariesHelp.org Download free printable family trees templates, as well as accessing general family history information.



Family History Resources

Hornsby Library’s Family History resources include:

  • Genealogical books, magazines and newsletters
  • Australian birth, death and marriage indexes
  • Census and electoral roll information for Australia
  • Sands residential and business directories
  • Passenger and shipping records
  • Colonial Secretary's record
  • NSW probate index


Family History Talks

Hornsby Library hosts a range of very popular family history talks throughout the year.



Family History Group

The Hornsby Shire Family History Group meets at Hornsby Library on the third Wednesday of each month between 2pm - 4pm. Research Gatherings are held at Hornsby Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month between 10am - 12 noon. All welcome.



Family History Volunteers

A range of experienced volunteers are happy to help you research your family’s past. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Phone 9847 6813 or email library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Family History Volunteer Session Dates:

January 2023

  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Monday, 23 January 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am

February 2023

  • Wednesday, 1 February 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Thursday, 9 February 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 14 February 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Friday, 17 February 2023 - 10am, 11am and 12 noon
  • Monday, 27 February 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am

March 2023

  • Wednesday, 1 March 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Thursday, 9 March 2023 -  10:30am and 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 14 March 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Friday, 12 March 2023 - 10am, 11am and 12 noon
  • Monday, 27 March 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am

April 2023

  • Wednesday, 5 April 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Thursday, 13 April 2023 -  10:30am and 11:30am
  • Friday, 21 April 2023 - 10am, 11am and 12 noon
  • Monday, 24 April 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am

May 2023

  • Wednesday, 3 May 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 9 May 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Thursday, 11 May 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Friday, 19 May 2023 - 10:30am, 11:30am and 1pm
  • Monday, 22 May 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am

June 2023

  • Wednesday, 7 June 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Thursday, 8 June 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 13 June 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Friday, 16 June 2023 - 10am, 11am and 12 noon
  • Monday, 26 June 2023 - 10:30am and 11:30am