Family History

Here you will find information about accessing the resources of 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.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history

Comprehensive information on tracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage

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Adoption records

How to access and locate adoption records. Includes Indigenous adoptions and overseas adoptions.

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Australian parish records

The significance and availability of parish records - sometimes the sole source of birth, death and marriage records in early Australian history.

Download the PDF version of Australian parish records [PDF 99.9 kb]

Births, deaths and marriages

Hints for effective research plus Births, Death and Marriage records available. Some New Zealand indexes are also available at SLQ.

Download the PDF version of BDMs [PDF 49.7 kb]

Blue Books

Was your ancestor a government employee? You may be able to locate names, positions and salaries of your ancestors.

Download the PDF version of Blue Books [PDF 82 kb]

Biographical resources

Historical information about a person's life and family. Includes information on death notices and Pioneer indexes.

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British Army in Colonial Australia

Find information about ancestors who served in the military in early Australia.

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Cemetery records

Availability of records and how they may assist in tracing your history.

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Census and muster records

Availability of records both in Australia and overseas. Unfortunately, census returns between 1901 and 2000 are not available due to privacy issues.

Download the PDF version of Census and muster records [PDF 84 kb]

Committees

Transcripts can provide insight into people called before committees. Often, people called before government committees were experts in their field.

Download the PDF version of Persons called before Queensland Government Committees [PDF 84 kb]

Convict ancestry

Was your ancestor a convict?  Find out!

Download the PDF version of How to trace convict ancestry [PDF 91.7 kb]

Convict research

You know your ancestor was a convict. What further information might be found?

Download the PDF version of Convict research: their story and family [PDF 100.3 kb]

Convict transportation registers database

The British Convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records and is searchable.

Directories, almanacs and gazetteers

Useful for locating addresses and movements of ancestors. Listing in a directory was neither compulsory nor free, so the fact that someone is not listed in the directory may simply indicate that s/he chose not to be included.

Download the PDF version of Directories, almanacs and gazetteers [PDF 88 kb]

Divorce records

Divorce files may contain marriage certificates, correspondence and a great deal of information about the family.

Download the PDF version of Divorce records [PDF 85 kb]

Electoral rolls

Locate full name and address and, between 1903 and 1984, occupation.

Download the PDF version of Electoral rolls [PDF 85 kb]

England and Wales BDMs

Birth, Death and Marriage records available and how to use them.

Download the PDF version of Electoral rolls [PDF 83 kb]

German immigrants

Resources available for German family history research. Includes German land boundary changes.

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Huguenots

How to identify and trace Huguenot heritage. Huguenots: a generic term used to describe French-speaking Protestants or Calvinists who, subjected to religious persecution at various periods in France in the 16th to 18th centuries, sought refuge in neighbouring Protestant states.

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Immigration and shipping

Where to locate immigration records. You may be able to trace your ancestor's arrival in Australia.

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Immigration and shipping: ships and their journeys

How to find out about immigrant ships, their voyages and shipwrecks.

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Land records

How to find if your ancestor owned land or was granted land in Australia.

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Letters received relating to Moreton Bay and Queensland 1822-1860

A number of indexes to locate information relevant to a range of aspects of the history of Queensland, its events and individuals. The information is available on microfilm.  Includes reports created by eminent pioneers like Oxley; circulars and despatches, convict petitions, applications by early settlers and listings of land sales.

Naturalisation records

Why migrants were naturalised and the records available for research.

Download the PDF version of Naturalisation records [PDF 85 kb]

Occupations

How to discover your ancestor's occupation. Also provides definitions of occupations.

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Newspapers

How newspapers can assist in family research. Information might include death notices, shipping intelligence, social events of the time and reports of crime and court sessions.

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Orphanages, institutions and child migrants

Records related to locating information on orphanages and child migrants. Much of the information is restricted.

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Police Gazettes

Information available to family historians from Police Gazettes. Information may include inquests, reports on criminal activity and reports on missing persons.

Download the PDF version of Police Gazettes [PDF 82 kb]

Pubs and publicans

Pubs were social hubs and often, places of employment - a good source of family history information.

Download the PDF version of Pubs and publicans [PDF 98 kb]

Queensland mining accidents

If your ancestor was a miner, you may find useful information from the guide.

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Railway employees

Did your ancestor work for the railways? Locate useful resources for research.

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Trace your family

A useful guide for those just starting family history research.

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Victoria County history series

Victoria County Histories aim to provide an outline of local history for the whole of England, county by county, place by place - an excellent resource for those with English ancestors who wish to make sense of their family past.

Download the PDF version of Gems of English local history: the Victoria County history series [PDF 80 kb]

World War 1

Sources selected to indicate what is available at SLQ on participants in World War I and the contexts in which they may be found, thereby highlighting the war experience. These sources are of great interest to all, but especially the family historian.

Download the PDF version of World War 1: a select list [PDF 97 KB]

Websites

An annotated list of useful websites for family historians.

Wills, probate and intestacies in family history

What may be found in wills and where you might locate the resources available.

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Hints and tips

Frequently asked questions about family history

Family history videos

Watch and listen to family history experts

Family history eresources

Specialist databases and indexes related to family history

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).

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