Have you tried using the FREE Ancestry library edition database at the State Library?

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Ancestry library edition is a subscription database, similar to the popular Ancestry.com, where you can search for information on your ancestors free within the State Library building.

Popular databases include:

  • Australian convict index 1788-1868
  • UK census records and images for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 covering England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man but not Ireland
  • US census records and images 1790-1930
  • British Army World War 1 pension records 1914-1920
  • Pallot’s Marriage Index 1780-1837
  • British phone books 1880-1984
  • UK birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-2005 (not complete but worth searching)*

 *Remember that Ancestry is providing access to the indexes not to the original certificates. These will have to be ordered from the relevant registry office

What else can I find?

Other types of records include: parish records, wills, immigration records, directories, land records, court records, newspapers, gazetteers, maps and photographs

What can I do with my results?

To print your results click on Print and follow the on-screen instructions for the best results. Always use the Print Preview option first because there is often a blank page before and after your image.

There is the option to email your results but use this with caution as you can only ever email 5 results to any one email address.

Watch this space!

Family History subject specialists will soon be offering training courses on using Ancestry library edition for interested staff.

8 thoughts on “Have you tried using the FREE Ancestry library edition database at the State Library?

  1. Is the Ancestry Library Edition available at other State Libraries, for example I live in Victoria but would like information regarding a WA relative.

    Thanks

  2. Dear all,

    I found the Ancestry Library Edition very useful. This is a great service for library patrons.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Lizelle

  3. Does anyone know where the relevant registry office is if you want an original certicicate please?

    By the way Melbourne had a massive earth Quake The other day.

  4. I have noticed that the Ancestry Library now advertises all the time on Sydney Morning Herald Online edition of the Newspaper. This must be a big organisation for it to pay for the media adds.

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