Local History Research Station (NEW!)

Calling all Local History and Family History Researchers….

The South Perth Library now has a dedicated computer in our little local history nook that is especially geared towards assisting you in your research.


The new machine has custom links that provide quick access to material from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection, as well as additional online resources from the State Library of Western Australia, the W.A. Genealogical Society, the National Library’s Trove, and many many others.

And of course we haven’t forgotten about Ancestry and Find My Past! (though of course, these resources are also accessible from any machine at the South Perth and Manning Libraries).


So visit the South Perth Library today to reserve or hop on to the Local History Research machine, and hopefully discover much much more about your ancestors and local area!


Family History Month

August is dedicated to all things family history!

Whether you’ve just started researching your family tree, or you’ve been at it for years…

Pop into the South Perth or Manning Libraries and check out our family history displays for some very interesting books to help guide your family history research.

If you’re a library member, you will also have free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past where you can search through billions of family history records.

If you’re keen on searching from home, have a look at the useful links shared here:

And don’t forget to check out some other events happening during Family History Month around the state….

As always, happy researching!

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!

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: http://www.findmypast.com.au
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 Ancestry.com 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…

Ancestry – Library Edition

Have you seen Ancestry.com advertised on television and thought ‘gee, I’d like to see what I can find out about my family’s history!’

Well, I have some really awesome news for you…

If you are a member of South Perth Libraries, you can visit Manning or South Perth Library and access Ancestry – Library Edition on one of our computers for free! Nada, zilch…you get it.

South Perth Libraries have heaps of other free databases that can be accessed from home or in our Libraries. Check them out!

***Screwing your face up at the screen right now and thinking ‘what even is Ancestry?’ check out their Australian website.

March = history at South Perth Libraries!

Our events calendar for March is going to be dedicated to all things history. I know it is only January but there are some great FREE events on offer at both South Perth and Manning Libraries and I wanted to give you all a heads-up so you can mark your calendars! For booking information and to see what other events we have on offer, visit the Library’s What’s On page.

Also remember that the 2012 Local History Awards ‘Talking ’bout my generation’ are open until Friday 30 March – for more information check out the awards page.

Stepping stones into the past (presented by Time Trackers) – Manning Library
Wednesday 7 March; 6.00 – 7.00 pm
A beginners presentation aimed at building awareness and getting started on your family history.

Introduction to Oral History (presented by Oral History Association of Australia – WA Branch) – South Perth Library
Tuesday 13 March; 1.00 – 2.30 pm
This will be an informal session comprising a presentation together with a Q&A component explaining what Oral History is and how it is used. An overview will be provided of the ‘Introduction to Oral History’ workshop and the ‘Using Digital Equipment’ workshop which are run by the Oral History Association of Australia (WA Branch). Written handouts describing the workshops will also be provided.
The session will be presented by Julia Wallis and Doug Ayre who are practical working oral historians and conduct the ‘Introduction to Oral History’ workshop. Doug is also involved in the ‘Using Digital Equipment” workshop.”

Exploring Ancestry.com (presented by Time Trackers) – South Perth Library
Thursday 15 March; 6.30 – 7.30 pm
A presentation of www.ancestry.com (library edition) showing useful databases and search strategies.

Amanda Curtin – author talk – South Perth Library
Wednesday 21 March; 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Writer and book editor Amanda will be talking about her newly published book ‘Inherited’ and where the idea behind the book came from.