The Family History records in the Local Studies Collection consist of cemetery registers, electoral rolls, probate indexes, shipping records, handbooks and directories.
Resources available for use at Barry O’Keefe Library
The library subscribes to three online genealogy websites which are available for free and can be accessed at the library during opening hours.
- Internet History Resources, NSW 1850-1930 consisting of records from New South Wales dating from 1850-1930 including Directories, Electoral Rolls, Miners and Mining Leases, Pastoral Licences, Land Purchasers and Lessees, Farmers, Graziers, Shearers and Station Hands.
FindmyPast and Ancestry.com provide access to US, UK and Australian records including Birth, Marriage and Death records, Parish and Probate indexes, Electoral Rolls and Directories such as the Sands Sydney Street Directory.
Below are a few of the most commonly used websites for family history research
Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies – is a voluntary organisation that was founded to promote and encourage the study of Genealogy, Heraldry and Family History throughout Australia and to assist members in their research.
Society of Australian Genealogists – established in 1932, the Society of Australian Genealogists is the oldest society of its kind in Australia. Their principal object is the advancement of genealogical education.
Cora Num – the online version of Cora Num’s Websites for Genealogists. A good introduction to Australian genealogy online.
Ryerson Index – is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.
National Archives of Australia - Family History – the Commonwealth Government’s records authority, including resources for family historians.
GENUKI – a site useful for those seeking genealogical information relevant to the UK and Ireland.
Family Search – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints genealogy website.
Cemetery Transcription LIbrary – this site is a publisher of cemetery records and materials relating to cemeteries.
State Records – the NSW Government’s records authority and archives institution.
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – the website of the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages allows you to search their indexes and to order certificates on-line.
Cyndislist – is a categorised and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
Australian War Memorial – a shrine, museum and archives to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.