Australian Family History Resources

Find your Australian ancestors, local history and details of their lives with these links to online family history and genealogy resources.

General Family History Websites

Find My Past Australia
Find My Past Australia specialises in family history records relating to Australia. The following are available: Census, Armed Forces, Births, Marriages & Deaths, Newspapers, Migration and much more.
Ancestry Australia
The biggest Genealogy website in the world also has a big set of records for Australia.
Biographical Database of Australia
BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.

This first release contains convict, muster, census, baptism, marriage and burial manuscript records for most of the New South Wales population 1788-1828, for Norfolk Island and Tasmania 1802-1811, and many immigrant and convict records from 1829-1837 along with full text of short biographies of 11,000+ residents of most colonies/states published 1881-1907.

Archives

National Archives of Australia
Discover our fascinating collection of more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.

Burials & Cemeteries

Australian Cemeteries Index
The purpose of the Australian Cemeteries Index is to provide a searchable data base for all cemetery inscriptions that have been recorded by the authors and contributors over several years. It is intended to be a useful tool for those researching their family history.
The index contains details of headstones from a number of cemeteries in Australia. It initially concentrated on cemeteries in regional NSW but is now expanding Australia wide.
Australia Cemetery Records
A free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world, for historical and genealogy research. Search and browse cemetery burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the world.

Criminals and Convicts

Convict Records of Australia
The British Convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm. You can find details for over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries – names, term of years, transport ships and more.
Convict Central
Most family historians in Australia regard a convict in their ancestry as enormously desirable. “Convicts to Australia” is intended to guide, inform and entertain those just starting the hunt as well as the more experienced researcher. The site is a ‘work in progress’ and data is being added regularly. We hope your convict research is made easier by our efforts and above all we hope you have FUN.
Convict Central is no longer online, but you can view an archived version which has most, if not all, of the original content.

Electoral Registers

Australia Electoral Rolls
Over 12,500,000 records available. Electoral rolls are Australia’s census substitute and are an extremely useful genealogy tool for local, family, and social historians.

History

Trove
Find and get over 169,991,421 Australian online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more .
Trove is run by the National Library of Australia.

Immigration

Oz Ships
Oz Ships is a website of Peter Larson who is indexing shipping arrivals and departures. The site includes more than 92,000 alphabetical passenger list entries, which are, in turn, linked to transcripts of the passenger lists.

Maps

Trove Maps
Search maps of Australia and the world. Includes printed sheets, atlases, globes, aerial photographs, star charts, nautical charts and tourist maps.

Magazines

Traces Magazine
Uncovering Australian history, from ancient culture to convict settlers, genealogy, local history, artefacts and antiques.

Obituaries

Obituaries Australia
Obituaries Australia is a digital repository of obituaries published in newspapers, journals, magazines and bulletins. Here you will find the life stories of Australians from the earliest times to the present.
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.

Photos and Postcards

Picture Australia
Old and historic photographs of Australia including: photographs, objects, maps and works of art. Quality print copies can be requested.

Societies and Groups

Society of Australian Genealogists
The SAG was established in 1932 and is the oldest family history society in Australia.
It has over 4,000 members throughout the world. The society’s principal object is the advancement of genealogical education and this is reflected in our education program and collections.