Australian Family History Sites

Photograph of a family welcoming home their Australian war hero son and brother in 1919
A family welcoming home their Australian war hero son and brother, 1919

We’ve gathered together a range of websites that will help you research your Australian genealogy.


Australian Cemeteries
A searchable site of various Australian cemeteries, the majority of which are now closed.

Australian Federation of Family History Organisations
The umbrella organisation for family history societies in Australia.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
The Family History Unit is part of the recommendations from the Bringing Them Home Report.

Australian Shipping Arrivals and Departures, 1788 to 1968
Passenger details for various ports around Australia, as well as occasional crew list details for some of the ships.

Australian War Memorial
Includes an extensive archive and online databases available for family history research

Department of Veterans' Affairs Nominal Rolls
Information from the service records of some one million individuals.

Discovering ANZACS
Explore a diverse selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders in World War I and the Boer War. Enhance a profile dedicated to the wartime journey of someone who served. Uncover the personal stories of service men and women through original archival records.

National Archives of Australia
An abundance of material of interest to family historians. There are some colonial records, but most of them were created during the 20th Century.

National Library of Australia
Online sites hosted by the National Library, as well as links to various state-based websites.

Ryerson index
An index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries.

Society of Australian Genealogists
Official website of the society, including research databases.

World War II Refugees to Australia
Passenger lists of those who migrated to Australia before, during and after World War II.

Australian Capital Territory

Access Canberra Births, Deaths and Marriages
The official department holding births, deaths and marriages registers.

Libraries ACT
Researching Australian Capital Territory Family History information.

New South Wales

Free Settler or Felon
Search Free Settler or Felon to find your Hunter Valley ancestor.

Irish Convicts to NSW 1791-1831
Details of Irish convicts who were transported to New South Wales between 1791 and 1831.

Joy Murrin Family History Services
Provides an economical alternative to New South Wales BDM Certificates as an accredited transcription agent since 1995.

Macquarie Park Cemetery
Searchable database from the cemetery located in North Ryde.

Marilyn Rowan’s Transcription Services
Provides an economical alternative to New South Wales BDM Certificates as an accredited transcription. A transcription costs a lot less than an official certificate but contains the same information.

NSW Land Registry Services
Access to New South Wales land titling records.

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Includes a Family History page that will help you trace your ancestors.

Rookwood Cemetery - Anglican and general burials
Gives free access to Anglican and general burials after you have registered as a member.

State Library of New South Wales
The Family History Service at the State Library of NSW is designed to help people discover information about their ancestors.

State Library of New South Wales - World War I Soldiers’ Diaries
A selection of soldiers' diaries and photographs available to view online.

State Records Office of New South Wales
For anyone wanting to explore the official archives of New South Wales. Includes catalogues, guides, indexes and other tools for searching the archives.

Sydney Benevolent Asylum
Listing more than 78,000 inmates of the asylum between 1857 and 1900.

Turtle Consolidated Services
A NSW transcription service that includes a document retrieval service for information held at the NSW State Records Office (Kingswood branch).

Northern Territory

Administration of the area now known as the Northern Territory was by New South Wales until 1863. For births, deaths and marriages from the beginning of Civil Registration in 1856 to 1863 see New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages

Between 1863-1870 administration of the Northern Territory was from Adelaide, South Australia and civil registration of births, deaths and marriages for that period can be found in South Australian records.

National Libraries Australia Northern Territory Guide
A list of Northern Territory-related online, networked and microform resources as well as print publications available for use from the National Library of Australia.


Judy Webster's Genealogy Advice Pages - Queensland
Excellent site for Queensland records with free indexes to a variety of information sourced from the Queensland State Archives.

Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages
Free online historical index of all births up to 1914, marriages up to 1939 and deaths up to 1984.

Queensland State Archives
Custodian of the state's largest and most significant collection of government records.

State Library of Queensland
Many useful resources from the State Library of Queensland including up to 10,000 pages of content from Queensland’s 19th century almanacs which have been digitised.

South Australia

Genealogy South Australia
Resources for those researching their South Australian family history.

Graham Jaunay's Ancestral and Local History Research
Links to many South Australian resources as well as presentations and guides.

South Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages
Births, Deaths and Marriages do not provide an online search facility but they do provide certificates which may help you research your family history.

State Records of South Australia
The principle repository for official records no longer required by the SA Government for current administrative purposes.


Libraries Tasmania
The Libraries Tasmania website links to state’s archives, including records of non-government organisations and individuals as well as genealogical records.


Public Records Office Victoria
The archives of the State Government of Victoria. They hold records from the beginnings of the colonial administration in the mid-1830s to today.

Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages
The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria has been keeping records of significant life moments since the mid 1800s. Records are restricted for between 30 and 100 years, depending on the life event. You can search historical indexes of births, baptisms, marriages, burials and deaths dating back to as early as 1836.

Victoria Government Gazette
More than 160 years of official information published in and about Victoria.

Western Australia

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, Western Australia
Records for all interments, cremations and memorials at WA cemeteries dating back from 1899.

Western Australian Online Births, Deaths and Marriages Indexes
Free online historic index of births, deaths and marriages from 1841. Births go up to 1932, deaths to 1966 and marriages to 1936.