Ancestry – Library Edition
With 10 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, Ancestry.com 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.
You can also access millions of exclusive records from the UK and Ireland to help you continue your research.
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…
- Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – offers free online historic index searching of births (from 1841-1932), deaths (from1841-1971) and marriages (from 1841-1936) in WA.
- 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.
- Metropolitan Cemeteries Board – maintains records for all interments, cremations and memorials at cemeteries in WA dating back to 1899.
- State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) Catalogue – search through the State Library’s Heritage Collections, Pictures, Maps, etc.
- 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.
- Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) – offers up plenty of information on family history research (for members and non-members). Good resources include the WAGS Guides and the WAGS Genealogy Links Table. Also worth having a look at the list of publicly available Indexes and Databases listed.
- National Archives of Australia – more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.
- Maritime Archaeology shipwreck database – contains records and details for over 1650 Western Australian shipwrecks recorded by the Western Australian Museum.
- 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).
EVEN MORE USEFUL LINKS…
- WAGS Research Guide – Starting Out – a basic guide for getting started on your family history research. Includes additional resources to assist.
- 50 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Read – compiled by Inside History, a list of the top user-voted genealogy blogs from all over the world for 2013.