The National Archives has the following resources to assist you in researching your family history.


Several of our publications cover the topics of family history are available to browse in our reading rooms and in many libraries around Australia. You can find also purchase them from our online shop.

Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists

Family Journeys: Stories in the National Archives of Australia

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

In the Interest of National Security: Civilian Internment in Australia during World War II

Research guides

The Archives research guides provide detailed listings of records in the collection relating to particular subjects, including some of interest to family historians. Printed copies are also available to purchase through our online shop.

Other resources

Family history articles; topics include copyright, post office and maritime records, as well as records relating to migrant communities such as the Dutch and Japanese.

Fact sheets on family history research provide an overview of the topic with links to a selection of records in our collection database, RecordSearch.

Destination Australia website features more than 20,000 photographs of migrants who arrived in Australia from all over the world after World War II. You, or someone you know, could be among them. Share your migration story.

Discovering Anzacs; Explore a growing selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders in World War I and the Boer War. Enhance a profile dedicated to the wartime journey of someone who served. Uncover the personal stories of service men and women through original archival records.

Memento and Your Memento articles

Secrets and spies (pdf, 1.83mb)Memento, Issue 26

Grandma's Chinese whispers (pdf, 1.52mb), Memento, Issue 27

Family journeys: stories in the National Archives (pdf, 2.38mb), Memento, Issue 34

A family's history: finding MichaelYour Memento, Issue 2, 2011

Other organisations that could help

A range of other organisations can help you. Local organisations, such as libraries, archives and historical societies, often have specialised collections relating to their local areas. If you know the region, town or suburb where your ancestors lived or worked, it may be worthwhile making contact. Likewise some churches, schools and businesses also keep archives that might be relevant to your research. 

Addresses of Australian archival institutions

Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc (AFFHO)

Online resources

There are a growing number of websites for family historians. When you are using online resources, it is worthwhile considering who has put the information together and whether you trust them as a source.

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