Whenever you need a Justice of the Peace, think State Library of Western Australia.
A Justice of the Peace will be at the State Library every Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm to do things such as witness and attest documents, certify copies of original documents, witness signing of documents such as Power of Attorney or Guardianship documents and divorce papers.
The service is free and no booking is required.
The State Library is working in partnership with the Department of the Attorney General to provide volunteer Justices of the Peace to provide the service.
The Justice of the Peace Signing Centre is located on the First Floor.
Do you have a State Library membership card? Would you like to find out more about the library and how to search the catalogue? Help us fine-tune our soon to be launched ‘Discover the Library’ session – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to come along to the one and a half hour session and we’ll let you know when it is being held.
Get-It! (online interlibrary requesting) is another way to find and access books, DVDs and other resources from State Library stock and requests can be lodged online through the State Library’s website at Get-It! (www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/loans_and_orders/getit)
The system used to provide the Get-It service was successfully upgraded. We apologise for any inconvenience caused will the service was unavailable earlier this week during the upgrade (Monday 12 to Thursday 16 October).
We will be offering two free family history talks at the State Library on Thursday 9 February as part of our Learning program.
Black and White and Read All Over looks at some of the wonderful digitised historic newspapers available through Trove and the Library’s e-resources. Many of these are also available for you to use from home as members of the State Library.
Fantastic Websites is exactly that – a look at some of our favourite family history websites from around the world. Many of them will be familiar to you but you may discover some gems!
For bookings please phone 9427 3111 and visit our Family History Learning page for further details of these and other courses.
Use Search and Rescue: the new touch screen, information kiosks, located near the library’s main doors. The kiosks are designed to help you find your way around the library when staff are busy at the Welcome Desk. We are interested in your feedback. Let us know what you think of them.
If you’re looking for useful and interesting family history websites, try our SLWA Family History Bookmarks page.
Simply click on any heading (or tag) to see which sites have been bookmarked for that topic. The larger the heading, the more websites are available. Tags range from geographic locations to topics such as convicts or world war.
Most of the sites are free so why not explore – who knows what you might find?
The great news for those with Irish ancestors is that we now have a new database at the State Library – Findmypast Ireland.
It includes indexes to wills, a large collection of directories, cemetery transcriptions, land records and much more. Used together with the Irish Newspaper Archives, family historians now have access to more online resources for Ireland than ever before. Please note that the database can only be used within the State Library building. To access, simply type Findmypast into our online catalogue or click on the logo above.
One of the exciting new developments at the State Library of Western Australia is increased access to digital information.
As of today, registered SLWA patrons will be able to connect to a selection of e-resources from anywhere with internet access. This will allow you to be more flexible and access the information you want from the comfort of your own home. So there will be no need to get out of your trackies and slippers when you want that last piece of information for your assignment or presentation.
Electronic access is available for members of the State Library; if you are not already a member you can become one online. You will also need to provide proof of a W.A residential address to the Library. The barcode on your mylibrary card along with your name becomes your key to a whole new way of obtaining information.
Getting to the resources is easy; either enter through the electronic resources page or just go through the website just as you would in the Library and get reading.
New Zealand Electoral Rolls
A large collection of more than 20 million records has recently been added to Ancestry covering the period 1842 to 1981. The records include electoral rolls, Maori land claims, jury lists and naturalisations and have been digitised and fully indexed.
The New Zealand records do not yet have a separate country location under the Search tab. To view the records available, select all databases from the home page and type new zealand under keyword.
Ancestry library edition is available within the State Library building and in many local public libraries.