Findmypast Ireland provides access to Prison Registers 1790-1924

The subscription database Findmypast Ireland has added a new series of records that offer a great new resource for family historians with an Irish background.

Irish Prison records are a key source for tracing family history because they record such a huge volume of prisoners, their relatives and in many cases their victims. This dataset is compiled from the collection housed in the National Archives of Ireland and covers most surviving records for prisons in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. In total there are 2.7 million records, with information on over 3.5 million people. 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.

New Irish family history database at the State Library

Findmypast Ireland

Findmypast Ireland

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.

Happy hunting!

New Zealand records added to Ancestry

New Zealand Electoral Rolls

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.

1911 Census for Scotland to be released on 5 April

Those with Scottish ancestry will be pleased to know that the 1911 Census for Scotland is due to be released tomorrow (5 April) one hundred years after it was taken. It will be available on the pay-per-view website, Scotlands People.

For the first time questions were asked about marriage and fertility, in addition to the usual questions about name, occupation, birthplace etc., making this an even more useful source of information for family and social historians.

The 1911 Census for England and Wales was released last year and is available on the subscription site, Findmypast. The State Library recently had a trial of Findmypast which has now ended – watch this space for further news!

MyLanguage 2010 Conference Papers

The MyLanguage Conference which took place from August 9 – 11 2010 generated many interesting ideas and proposals about how digital technology can be used to promote social inclusion and to support language and cultural maintenance.

The theme of the conference explored how digital technologies could be used to assist culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to achieve greater social inclusion and to maintain their linguistic and cultural identity.

The conference presentations, information about the speakers, and a list of useful links are now available here on the MyLanguage website.

The MyLanguage website provides access to search engines, web directories and news in over sixty languages.

Small Business Benchmarks available from the ATO

Interested in finding business benchmarks?

Benchmarks provide a snapshot of how businesses in an industry are performing, on average, by providing a measure of various business costs in relation to turnover.

Small business benchmarks at

You can now find Small business benchmarks on the ATO website:

Small business benchmarks are designed to help business meet their tax obligations by enabling them to track their performance against the rest of their industry

We have benchmarked the key business ratios for high medium and low turnover businesses for more than 100 industries. By comparing your business to the benchmarks for your industry you can assess your business’s performance.

We also use benchmarks to identify businesses that may be avoiding their tax obligations by not reporting some or all of their income.

Small business benchmarks Overview at

You can find a  link to these benchmarks (and other useful resources for small businesses) on the Find Information for Small Business page on our website.

215424PD: Australian Taxation Office, 45 Francis St. Northbridge, c1995

Australian Taxation Office

WAGS wins website award

The State Library of Western Australia would like to congratulate the Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) on winning a prestigious award for their website.

They were overall winner for the Society with the Best Website awarded by the Federation of Family History Societies.
For full details of winners in all the categories see the FFHS Web Award page.

The WAGS website can be viewed at

Irish 1901 census now online

Today sees the release of the 1901 census for Ireland which is available free on the National Archives of Ireland website. This complements the 1911 census which has been available since 2007. The two censuses are particularly important for tracing Irish ancestors because they are the first two complete surviving censuses for Ireland.

Browse the records and view digitised copies of the original census forms for no charge at

More than just Google – free workshops at the State Library

SEaK – Search Engage and Know
Do you feel lost on the information highway?
Don’t know where to start looking for information?
Feel intimidated by the library or the internet?

The State Library has a range of free, practical hands-on workshops where you can improve your research skills and get internet search tips and tricks. All sessions are designed to give you a head start in uncovering the wealth of information available in the Library’s collections and online.

For full details visit the State Library website.

UK genealogist and author, Michael Gandy, to present talks at the State Library

Well-known UK genealogist , professional researcher and author, Michael Gandy, will be presenting a series of talks in the Library theatre on Saturday 29 August. Anyone who has heard Michael speak will tell you that he is an extremely entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. Topics include the Irish poor in England, the British in India and tracing middle class ancestors. With additional sessions on hidden family history treasures from the Library stacks by Leonie Hayes; and getting the most out of the FamilySearch website by Mike Murray; this promises to be a wonderful day for all who attend.

The seminar has been arranged by the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations and is sponsored by the State Library. Tickets to this special event can be purchased from the Society. For more information please phone Margaret Hickey on 9450 4006 or email