Delving into family history research can often be daunting and can leave you unsure of where to start. We have a range of resources available that can help you on your way. Don't forget, library staff are always available to assist you in your research and point you in the right direction.
Each of our branches have a range of resources available. If you are interested in coming along to see what we have available, Muswellbrook library hosts monthly information sessions covering family history research from basic steps to your family tree. Visit our what's on page for session details or complete our information request form to suggest a session or ask a question.
Library members can gain free access to the library’s subscription databases
Visit your local branch to access any of these databases.
The State Library of NSW provide fact sheets on where to get started in family research
Other useful family history research websites
- National Library of Australia
- Family Search - this is a free service based in the United States that searches over 2000 databases worldwide. Users can create their own account, search Australian and worldwide records, link in with an App on their mobile or tablet device and share information.
- National Archives of Australia
- Births Deaths and Marriages
- Australian War Memorial
- Australian WW2 Roll
- Researching our Anzac History
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) - provides fact sheets on getting started, available resources and where to go for help
- Ryerson Index: The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers.
- Register of War Memorials in NSW
- Cindi’s List: Cyndi's List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 17 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.
- Cemetery Indexes: Australian Cemetery Index, Sandgate Cemetery Index, Australian Cemeteries
- Genealogy Links NSW
- State Library of NSW Family History - Australia & New Zealand
- State Records NSW
- Land & Property Information