Family History

Here you will find information about accessing the resources of the State Library of Queensland's Family History services as well as links to electronic resources and Internet sites that will help you with your genealogical research.

Before you begin, you may like to read How to trace your family tree, available with other Family history Info Guides. 

Check for a list of frequently asked questions about family history.

The State Library collects a number of family and local history resources. Please check our One Search online catalogue for location and availability details.

View our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history pages for more detailed help in tracing your indigenous family tree.

View webcasts of family history talks.

Major resources held

  • Births, deaths and marriage indexes for Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales 
  • Electoral rolls for Australia and New Zealand
  • Immigration and shipping
  • Convict and cemetery records  
  • Post office directories and almanacs
  • Biographical collections
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Access to Ancestry databases 
  • British government records relating to the Australian Colonies (Australian Joint Copying Project - AJCP)
  • Irish land records (Census substitutes) i.e. Tithe Applotment Books for Ireland
  • Naturalisation indexes
  • Victoria County History series
  • Photograph collections and newspaper clippings files

What's new in family history
Latest resources available for family history research.


Library membership

State Library of Queensland provides special library services for members who have an SLQ membership card (formerly known as an e-services card).