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Family history

Whether you're a beginner starting to trace your family tree or a seasoned researcher, you can access the State Library's free family history resources.

People sitting at tables in State Library of Queensland 1945
Family history research guides
Our guides cover various family history topics. They give details on resources, useful websites and research hints.
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First Nations family portrait outside a wooden building
First Nations family history
Tracing your First Nations family history and don't know where to start? Discover key resources for family history research.
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Photograph of the inside of the Parliamentary Library, Queensland, 1949.
Family history eresources and indexes
Discover information about your ancestors in State Library's indexes and databases.
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Trundle family portrait, ca. 1916
Useful websites
Find websites to help you with your family history research.
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Ginn family gather around to watch television in Brisbane, Queensland 1959. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 68711
Family history webcasts
View our family history videos on topics like birth, death and marriage records; immigration, house histories and more.
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Group of people sitting at tables under a tree, having a picnic.
Family history blogs
Explore our family history blogs. Find interesting websites, learn new research skills and read some amazing tales.
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Photograph of the Trackson family
Tracing your family tree
Learn the steps needed to find and record information to start tracing your family, and creating your family tree.
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Colonial Secretary's letters
Discover your family history through letters to the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales from early Moreton Bay officials.
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Lyndhurst, the residence of Mrs J. Reid, in London Road, Clayfield
House histories
Discover and explore resources for tracing the history of a house and the land it's built on.
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Portrait of William Groom
Convict Queenslanders
Discover some of Queensland's pioneers who first came to Australia as convicts.
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