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Family History Resources

Getting Started

Parkdale Library is the centre for Family History Research at Kingston. The library has one of the best collections in a public library in the state. It is comprised of around 1100 items which include books, magazines, microform or microfiche and cd-roms.  The Genealogy room houses specialised equipment including microfiche readers and printer and four computers linked to a printer.

How to Get Started in Family History Research

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Online Databases

Trove

A free search engine created by the National Library of Australia. Containing millions of items including images, newspaper articles, music, videos, diaries, websites maps and biographical material, Trove is an unrivalled repository of Australian material. Whether you are tracing your family history, doing professional research, reading for pleasure, teaching or studying, Trove can help. You can even search Trove directly from our website in the search box below.

Ancestry-dot-com-dot-au

Complementing the extensive CDROM genealogical collection at the Parkdale branch, this online database has international coverage for England, Scotland and Wales, plus USA and Canada. Note: Ancestry can be accessed at all Kingston branches by using this link but cannot be accessed from home.

Find My Past dot com dot au

Search an extensive collection of records from Australasia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. FindMyPast can be accessed on any Internet PC in the library, but not from home. Find My Past Australia, UK and Ireland have now combined into one convenient database where you can search for all your records in one place. Kingston Information and Library Service provides free access to a number of findmypast's historical records. Please note that the Newspaper Records are not included in our subscription.

Useful Genealogy Websites

ARCHIVES:

www.naa.gov.au/ - National Archives of Australia. An Australian depository for Government records it has two databases which are searchable

www.prov.vic.gov.au/ - Public Records Office, Victorian state archives.

http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-23 - Public Records Office Digitised Records and Online Indexes.

AUSTRALIAN WEBSITES:

http://www.australiancemeteries.com/ - Australian Cemeteries.

www.coraweb.com.au - Australian gateway site for tracing your family history.

https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources.html - Genealogy SA online database search births, deaths, marriages,death notices and Cemeteries Indezx

www.ryersonindex.org/ - Riverson Index to Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers.

http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/ - Victorian Government Gazette Online Archive 1836-1997.

GENEALOGY SOCITIES:

www.aigs.org.au- Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies. inc.

http://www.gsv.org.au - Genealogical Society of Victoria.

INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES:

www.cyndislist.com - Index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

www.familysearch.org - Records from Church of the Latter Day Saints.

www.thegazette.co.uk - Access to Gazettes online from London, Endinburgh and Belfast. Using an Archive search you can access articles back to 1665.

www.genuki.org.uk - United Kingdom and Irish records.

http://registers.nli.ie/ - Catholic Parish Records at the National Library of Ireland.

www.oldbaileyonline.org - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London's Central Criminal Court, 1674-1913.

http://project.oldmapsonline.org/collections - Old Maps Online brings together a large collection of historic digital maps from around the world.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ - Rootsweb hosts Mailing Lists, Message Boards and Family Trees.

www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk - Scottish birth, marriage and death records. This is a paid website but is full access to over 37 million index entries.

http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/ Scotlandsplaces allows you to search 3 databases for historical information about Scottish places. Records include Ordnance Survey Name books, Taxes including Poll, Cart, Dog, Farm Horse, and Land tax.     

LIBRARIES:

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/family-history-tools-resources - Family History Tools and Resources at the State Library of Victoria.

http://www.nla.gov.au/our-services/family-history - Family History at the National Library of Australia.

MILITARY WEBSITES

www.awm.gov.au/ - Australian War Memorial has searchable databases for nominal, commenorative and honour roll, honours and awards, Australian Army War Diaries, wounded, missing and Prisoner of War files.

www.cwgc.org - Commonwealth war graves commission.

www.koreanroll.gov.au/ - Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War Website.

www.vietnamroll.gov.au - Nominal Roll of Vietnam lists 61,000 men and women who served in Vietnam or nearby waters from 23 May 1962 and 29 April 1975.

www.ww2roll.gov.au/ - World War Two Nominal Roll. You can search for service records details of anyone who served in Australia's Defence Forces during World War Two.

Genealogy Titles in our Collection

Search our online catalogue for titles available in our genealogy collection.

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