Finding records relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The different types of records listed below can be useful in researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history. Each of the pages contain information about where the records are located and how they can be accessed.
- Birth, death and marriage records
- Adoption records
- Defence records
- Police records
- Station records
- Missions and reserves
- Church contacts
- Queensland legislation records
- Queensland State Archives Indigenous indexes including "Colonial Secretary's Correspondence relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 1859-1903"
- Queensland Government legislation and Protectors' annual reports
- Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Community and Personal Histories can also assist you to access personal government records related to your family.
- Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) provides Indigenous people with guides and resources to help them with their family history research.
- Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies includes information from publicly available records in various state and federal institutions throughout Australia.
The information provided was produced in consultation with Community and Personal Histories, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs; and Colin Sheehan, formerly from the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
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