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Family history month

August is National Family History Month Australasia and State Library of Queensland joins various libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other organisations in celebrating this event. It's a great time to start exploring your family tree or follow new leads.

Onsite events and webinars

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Introduction to Family History
Thursday 1 August, 12–1pm (webinar). Join our family history specialists for this online webinar to start your family history, and discover many useful resources.
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Italian Immigration
Tuesday 6 August · 10–11am (Auditorium 2, level 2). Join State Library research librarians to learn about the resources available for finding information on Italian family history.
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Deck of the Artemisia 1849: the first vessel to bring immigrants direct to Moreton Bay
Moments in migration: exploring the immigrant experience in images
Friday 16 August, 10–11:30am (Auditorium 2, Level 2). Join National Archives of Australia and State Library of Queensland in finding and using images to chart the transformative experience of immigration.
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A map showing Brisbane streets and buildings in 1848
Exploring records of Moreton Bay pre-1860: Colonial Secretary's Correspondence and more
Friday 23 August,10–11:30am. Join speakers from Queensland State Archives and State Library of Queensland who will cover the people, places and events of this period from 1824 to 1860.
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Black and white image of First Nations family 1935-1950
Who’s Your mob? Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander family history workshop
Who’s Your Mob? connects Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders with State Library of Queensland’s research expertise and collections.
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First Nations family outside wood building.

Getting started

Our family history pages are a great place to start for family history research.

Who's Your Mob?

Discover key resources for First Nations family history research.

  • Getting started
  • Births, deaths and marriages
  • Station, mission, police and church records
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Tindale genealogical collection
  • Margaret Lawrie genealogical collection

Family history resources

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Databases for family history research
Databases are an excellent way to find information on your ancestors, enabling you to gather material from multiple sources. Our family history databases include historical newspapers, and biographical sources.
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Family history webcasts and videos
Family history webcasts cover major family history topics, including birth, death and marriage records, newspapers, immigration and shipping, house histories, World War 1 records, and the roles of the major family history societies and repositories.
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Family history blog posts
Discover interesting websites, learn some new research skill and read some fascinating family history tales.
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Family history appointment service
Book a family history research appointment. Our qualified library staff can assist you with your research.
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