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.


Resources for family historians

Whether you're a beginner starting to trace your family history or a seasoned researcher looking to dig a little deeper, there are resources to access.

Family history eresources and indexes

Search indexes to Queensland material held at State Library. Explore our databases for details from Australia and worldwide.

Family history research guides

Our guides cover various family history topics. They give details on resources, useful websites and research hints.

Useful websites for family historians

Find websites from Australia and overseas that will help you with your family history research.

Family history blogs

Discover our family history blogs. Find interesting websites, learn new research skills and read some amazing tales.

Family history webcasts

View our family history videos on topics like birth, death and marriage records; immigration, house histories and more.

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history

Get to know State Library collections and how they can help you find out more about your family.

Research the history of your house

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.

Colonial Secretary's Letters received relating to Moreton Bay and Queensland 1822-1860

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.

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.