Family Picnic in the Queensland Bush, 1900-1910. (9999).


Family history

Information about accessing the resources of State Library of Queensland's Family History collections as well as 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.

Client reading ebook at the State Library of Queensland Photo by Emma Winch

Wondering what's available electronically to help you with your family history research? Search indexes to Queensland material held at State Library. Discover our freely available databases with information from Australia and around the world.


Looking to find out more information about your ancestors? Read our research guides that cover various topics of family history. They provide more detail on family history resources, links to useful websites and helpful research hints.

Client using a public computer

Want to do your family history from home? Find websites from Australia and overseas that will help you with your family history research.

House in Maryborough

Need some help tracing the history of your house? Explore video guides on each topic for handy tips and to introduce you to the resources you’ll need. Discover what information you need, and where to search for it.

Check out our family history videos. They cover topics such as births, deaths 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.


Double wedding at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement, 17 May 1912

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.


Plan of River Brisbane and chart of Moreton Bay, as drawn by John Oxley, 1823, State Library of Queensland, Neg. 69012

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.


William Henry Groom, State Library of Queensland, Neg. 185008