August is National Family History Month!

Visit the South Perth or Manning Libraries and get started on your family history research this month!

With your library card, we offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past UK, Irish and Australian Editions so you can search through billions of family history records online.

Book into one of the following 2 free sessions in August for some extra help:

Introduction to Find My Past
Wednesday 7 August, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
South Perth Library
Click here to book.

Introduction to Find My Past
Thursday 29 August, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Manning Library
Click here to book.

The sessions will be presented by Mike Murray from Time Trackers. Mike is a member of the WA Genealogical Society and has plenty of experience helping people trace their ancestors and put together their family story.

Also check out the State Library of WA’s program of activities here and other family history events listed around WA here.

If you’re researching from home and wondering where to start, you can find many useful links here too.

Happy researching!

Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award Exhibition

Phillip Pendal Heritage Award BannerWith nice sunny skies in the forecast this weekend, why not head over to Heritage House and check out the Philip Pendal Young Heritage Award Exhibition being held by the Historical Society of South Perth?

It’s the last weekend for the exhibition so catch it while you can!

Opening hours over the weekend are from 1 pm to 4 pm.


Find My Past

The South Perth and Manning Libraries recently subscribed to Find My Past, one of the leading online genealogy resources, giving access to billions of family history records online.

We have three different subscriptions:  

Australian Edition:
over 50 million family history records for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

UK Edition:
billions of records from Britain including England, Scotland and Wales


Irish Edition:
millions of exclusive records from all the major players in Irish genealogy, such as the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.

 So if you think you’ve exhausted all your searching on or you’re interested in getting started on researching your family history, come into one of our libraries and visit those links from any computer or ask one of our library officers for assistance…