Dead Reckoning is your handbook to family history research in Western Australia. It does not matter if you are a novice family historian just starting out tracing your family tree or a experience genealogy researcher looking for whatever happen to the elusive great uncle. There is helpful hints and links for all.
Since 1997 there has been explosion of interest in genealogy and biographical research. In addition to the many significant internet resources that have been developed. The Battye Library and the State Records Office have received a large amount of new material. It would be extremely difficult to keep a print publication on these resources relevant and up to date. Following a grant from the Sholl Bequest (administered by the Friends of Battye Library Inc.), it was decided to revise and publish the book online, so it can be regularly updated as appropriate resources and material are found.
The online version of Dead Reckoning is divided into various sections. The first section covers how to begin, legal deposit, copyright, publishing and has a list of books of value to the starting genealogist. It is followed by a history of the Battye Library and then sources held by the Battye Library which have information on people. Books are grouped under subject headings; serials and ephemera listed by individual work or series; private archives are grouped under subject headings; and for newspapers, oral history, maps, photographs, and film, video and DVDs, general information on what can be found in each has been noted.
So if need a place to start tracing your family history or you are still looking for information on what happen to great uncle Harry when he moved to …, the Dead Reckoning is the place to start.
For students, teachers and general users. Its broad and diverse collection of resources includes interactive maps,a range of Macquarie dictionaries,daily ABC news feeds, images and interactive Learning Trails
Covering a wide variety of pertinent subjects, including antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and much more, Art and Achitecture provides full-text coverage of more than 250 periodicals and 150 books
One of the the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online offering close to 22,600 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums.
*Headphones are required to use this database and are available to purchase from the bookshop on the ground floor of the library.
Newspaper House, home of The West Australian, 1957
Interested in searching through back issues of The West Australian? The West Australian Archive Digital Editions is now available for searching in the State Library. This database covers all issues of the newspaper from July 2004 until yesterday. It contains the same content, editorial and photographic material including the classifieds for birth, death and marriage notices, you’ll find in the printed version with the exception of The West Magazine and commercial inserts which are not included. It can be searched using keywords and articles can be printed.
The Australian Newspapers service [developed by the National library] allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. For further information about the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP), view the public website at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp
If you need information from issues between 1955 and 2003 they are available on microfilm (along with earlier and later editions that are also in the online services), you can view the microfilm at the State Library.
If you need help finding information from The West or if you are unable to visit the State Library to use the database or microfilm please contact the State Library’s information services.
Fridays @ 12.30pm
31 July- 4 September 2009
State Library Theatre
Be entertained on Friday lunchtimes during the City of Perth Winter Arts Season as WAAPA’s talented staff and students perform a series of free concerts and performances. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear Perth’s upcoming stars of the music world.
Bookings not required.
Program: 31 July
Piano Pieces: exquisite piano music from across the ages.
Directed by David Wickham 7 August
Vocal Showcase: classical vocal students sing Lieder to Broadway.
Directed by Patricia Price 14 August
Chamber strings: intimate classical music for chamber strings.
Directed by Peter Tanfield. 21 August WAAPA Big Band: an electrifying explosion of sound.
Directed by Adrian Kelly 28 August
Big Funk Band: classic 60’s through to cutting edge funk.
Directed by Ric Eastman 4 September
Latin Ensemble: the hot sounds of samba, rumba and bossa nova.
Directed by Chris Tarr
We offer family history tours of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library on the first Wednesday of the month from February through to November. As well as the tours, we give talks on various family history topics. Our next session, on 6th May, will explain how to find births, marriages and deaths in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. For further details go to our SEaK Family History page. Bookings can be made on 9427 3111.
Unfortunately the Ma.gnolia bookmark site has experienced a major problem incorporating -
every web service’s worst nightmare: data corruption and loss
- and is down for at least several days whilst they try to restore data. This means you will be unable to access our voluminous collection of Ma.gnolia bookmarks. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can read more about the problem at Google News, or go to http://www.ma.gnolia.com for updates.
The State Library is currently preparing its Strategic Directions document for 2009-2011. We are interested in your comments. Topics that have been raised to date which you may like to comment on include:
How important is digital access? Should this be a primary focus for the next three years?
Collecting contemporary material is always difficult. How can we capture what is being created and continue to tell the Western Australian story?
Relationships, partnerships and collaborations are very important to us. How can we enhance these?
How can we best work with public libraries?
Who are our customers and what do they want? How will this change in the next five years?
Askus is an email enquiry service provided by reference librarians and library technicians in Information Services, State Library of Western Australia. Subject specialists in business, children’s literature, family history, music and Westraliana also assist with Askus. Email your enquiry to email@example.com Alternatively you can fill out an online enquiry form. Enquiries on all subjects are welcome. Recent topics include: images of famous Western Australians, ceramic tiles, Coolgardie newspapers and pigeon racing. You will receive a response within five business days. The reply will direct you to appropriate books, journals, subscription databases eg Australian/New Zealand Reference Centre, websites, scores, sound recordings, images, oral histories and/or ephemera.
The aim of the national MyLanguage portal: http://www.mylanguage.gov.au/ is to improve access to multilingual online information for Australians whose first language is not English. It is also very useful for people learning another language. The portal provides access to search engines, web directories and news in over 60 differenct languages, from Africaans to Vietnamese. It also includes lessons in Internet searching in different languages. The portal was developed a few years ago between state and territory libraries.