Family History

Ancestry – Library Edition

With 10 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, is the world’s largest online family history resource. Use it to search through census, birth, marriage, death, military, convict and immigration records, as well as Australian electoral rolls and passanger lists.

You must be in the South Perth or Manning Library to access Ancestry Library Edition. If you are a member of the libraries, your library card will allow you up to 2 hours of computer access per day so you can start your family research straight away.


FindMyPast (AU / UK / IE) 

Search over 1.5 billion family history records for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. 

Australian Edition

You can also access millions of exclusive records from the UK and Ireland to help you continue your research.

UK Edition

Irish Edition

Access to Find My Past is available on a limited number of computers at the South Perth and Manning Libraries.


The National Library of Australia’s Trove has millions of Australian and online resources to search through, including books, journals & articles, photographs, digitized newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Use the search tips to help find the information you’re after.

More useful links…

  • Wise’s Post Office Directories – an invaluable source of information for anyone who is doing family history or research on Western Australia during the period 1893-1949.
  • Australian family history and genealogy selected websites – by the National Library of Australia. Contains a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents, as well as links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and pathways to make contact with other family historians.
  • National Archives of Australia – more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.
  • Passenger arrivals index – includes an index of passengers arriving at Fremantle, Perth Airport and outports between 1898-1978. A useful online database as the passenger lists lodged in Fremantle included all passengers disembarking in Fremantle, and usually passengers travelling on to other Australian ports (such as Melbourne or Sydney) or overseas ports (such as Auckland or Colombo).


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