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Large family group sitting around a picnic with 3 people in a tree behind, 1900-1910

Family history

On this page you will find information about accessing the resources of State Library of Queensland's Family History collections. There are links to eresources, websites and research guides to help you with your genealogical research.


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Tracing your family tree

Need help starting your family history? The first stage in doing a family history is to do a family tree. Read our guide on how to begin tracing your family tree. Find out the steps to follow, and where to start looking for information.

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First Nations family history

Get to know State Library collections and how they can help you find out more about your family.
Young Aboriginal women with their babies and small children, Mapoon

House histories

Every house has a history. Discover and explore resources for tracing the history of a house and the land it's built on. View our video guides to learn about what information you need, and where to search for it.
B&W image of single storey, weatherboard house with a corrugated iron roof and a chain link and timber fence at Maryborough.

Colonial Secretary's letters

Find letters sent to the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales from early Moreton Bay officials. Discover what they can tell you about your family history and early Queensland history.
Image of a watercolour painting of Moreton Bay Settlement New South Wales in 1835

Convict Queenslanders

Many convicts who came to Australia went on to become respectful members of society. Convict Queenslanders are people who arrived in Australia as convicts. They then made their way to Queensland where they became a part of the colony's history.
Portrait of William Groom