Findmypast is back

Great news!
The State Library now has a subscription to both Findmypast UK and Findmypast Australasia following a trial earlier this year.

Please see my previous post for a reminder of some of the highlights of these family history subscription sites which are available within the State Library.

So head into the Library for free access to Findmypast as well as Ancestry and a range of other family history databases.

Findmypast family history database available on trial

The State Library currently has a trial subscription to the family history database, Findmypast, which will be available within the Library building until 22 February.

To access this database, go to our online catalogue and type findmypast in the keyword search box or access from our Family History Databases page. There are two separate databases; one with Australasian content and one with UK content.

The Australasian database includes post office directories, electoral rolls, police gazettes, government gazettes, cemetery records and more. Have a browse under Search Records to see what is available for each state and for New Zealand.

The UK content includes census and birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales. These can be a useful alternative if you have been unable to find your ancestor on Ancestry library edition.

Please note that the UK census collection includes the 1911 Census for England and Wales. This is the first time that this particular census has been available at the Library.

Under the heading Migration you will find the outgoing passenger lists for the UK from 1890 to 1960. These were previously available to search on the Ancestors on Board website but, as part of this trial, you will now be able to view the digitised images of the passenger lists.

Please note that the Chelsea Pensioner records are searchable but the digital records are not available as part of the trial. Please make the most of this trial and we welcome any comments.

Thousands more names on WA passenger index

Did you know that the National Archives has recently added thousands more names to its index to passengers arriving in Western Australia? The passenger index now covers the period 1 January 1921 to 15 January 1950 and includes over 800,000 names.

To search the database, go to the National Archives website, select Record Search and, after logging in or electing to search as a guest user, choose Passenger index. As well as passengers arriving by ship in Fremantle and other WA ports, you can search for people who arrived at Perth airport between 1944 and 1950. Information given includes the passenger’s name, ports of embarkation and disembarkation, ship or aircraft name and date of arrival.

Incoming UK passenger lists now available on Ancestry

Southern Cross sailing from Fremantle, 1960An exciting new addition to Ancestry are the UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 which have just been scanned in full colour and made available from the Board of Trade series BT26 held at the National Archives in Kew. The BT26 series includes ships arriving in the UK from foreign ports outside Europe and the Mediterranean for 1878-1888 and 1890-1960.

If you have ancestors who visited the UK from Australia, the United States or other parts of the world outside Europe, why not have a look to see if you can find their arrival in Britain? You can search under name, birth year, port of departure, port of arrival, ports on voyage, ship name, shipping line, arrival year and keyword.

Select View Record to see a transcription of the record. At this point you can also click on a link to view information about the ship, and sometimes a photograph, from the Passenger ships and images database.

Viewing the original image of the passenger list will often give extra details such as occupation, address and intended length of stay in the UK.

This wonderful new source is freely available within the State Library building on our Ancestry database. From our home page select Search – Electronic Resources – Genealogy – Ancestry library edition. Once you are in the Ancestry database you need to select the following:

  • Search
  • UK & Ireland (under Browse by location)
  • Click anywhere on the map of the UK
  • View all Immigration & Emigration databases
  • UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

The image shown above (003866D) is from the State Library Pictorial Collection and shows the Southern Cross sailing from Fremantle in 1960.

Ancestors on Board website now complete

Many family historians will be familiar with the wonderful website, Ancestors on Board, where you can search for details of passengers who sailed from Great Britain to ports around the world from 1890 onwards. The good news is that this site has recently been completed and now has all passengers’ names indexed up until 1960.

The website is a collaborative project between the National Archives in the UK and the commercial subscription website,, and features the records from BT27 Outward Passenger Lists held at the National Archives at Kew. It records the details of passengers bound for destinations such as New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Canada as well as Australia.

Searching and viewing the results list is free and you can view images of the original passenger lists on a pay-per-view basis. To start searching for your ancestors who may have left Britain during this period go to the website at


Screen image reproduced with the kind permission of Find My Past Ltd.