Upcoming Seminars

The Family History Subject Specialists will be out and about over the next two weeks. We will be giving talks at Warnbro and Fremantle Public Libraries.

Taking the census. From a sketch by Thomas Worth, Harpers Weekly 19 Nov 1870

Taking the census. From a sketch by Thomas Worth, Harpers Weekly 19 Nov 1870

Warnbro – Black and White and Read all Over
One of the most exciting developments for family history researchers is the rapidly expanding collection of digitised newspapers available. For family historians who think that they have reached the limits of what they can reasonably expect to discover about their forebears, think again!
The State Library subscribes to digitised historic newspaper archives from Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. These are all available to search from home to members of the State Library.
Warnbro Community Library, Swallowtail Parade, Warnbro
Wednesday 6th May 10.30am – 12pm
ookings essential: 9528 8577

State Library family history bookmarks

State Library family history bookmarks

Fremantle – Catalogue conundrums and website whimsies
Have you ever struggled to find what you are looking for in our catalogue or website? This talk introduces some of the family history resources we have at the State Library and how to find them. Whether it is our blog, Facebook page, subject guides, bookmarks, eresources, catalogued items or private archives – you are sure to discover resources you were not aware of. See some of the wonderful items we have digitised and learn a few tricks along the way.
Fremantle  City Library, 8 William Street, Fremantle
Tuesday 12 May 2.30pm – 4pm
Bookings essential: 9432 9739


English Genealogist Michael Gandy to Speak at State Library

Presented by the Western Australian Genealogical Society (Inc.) in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia.

Renowned genealogist and raconteur, Michael Gandy, is being brought to Perth to speak at an all-day seminar on Saturday 17 November.  Michael is an expert on Irish and Catholic records in England.  He will be presenting three seminars on the day:  English Records for Irish Research; Huguenot Ancestors; and It Gets Easier Every Day (a warning about the dangers of using “short cuts” and being complacent about your research).

Other guest speaker Michael Murray will present DNA for Genealogists – the Layman’s Guide. Mike will provide an explanation of how it works and how you can use it to confirm or discount a relationship.

Tricia and Leonie, the Family History Subject Specialists at the State Library, will also be showcasing some digitised Western Australian historical resources that family historians may not be familiar with. The Library’s eresources will also be highlighted.

A great opportunity to discover family history resources that you may never have considered.

For further information and costs see: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/family_history_seminar

Two new databases for family and social history

Princess Royal Harbour, King George's Sound

Princess Royal Harbour, King George's Sound

The State Library has purchased subscriptions to two new electronic databases. One is the Illustrated London News which covers the period 1842 to 2003. This publication, which reported both British and world events, is a wonderful addition to our collection and will prove useful for both historians and genealogists. Pictured here is an image of Albany which featured on page 13 of the Illustrated London News for January 7, 1865.

In great news for those with Irish ancestry, the other new addition is the Irish Newspaper Archives. This has 18 newspapers from all over Ireland with the earliest newspaper, Freeman’s Journal, dating back to 1763. The database will continue to grow with more newspapers to be added in the near future.

Both databases can be accessed within the State Library building as part of our Family History E-Resources.

Helpful Family History Websites


Think you’ve checked all the online resources available?

Looking for ways to break down that brick wall?

Want some social history background to fill out your family history research?

Would like to do some research from home but don’t know where to go?

The Family History Subject Specialists at the State Library of Western Australia maintain a collection of bookmarks relating to family history – and they are publicly available via our website.  Just follow the links from our home page:  Quick Links – Family History – Websites, or click on the icon above, to visit our site and start your research. 

Topics are arranged in alphabetical order, the larger the script the more websites are available.  Most of the websites are free.  Take advantage of this great resource to further your research from home.