Family History Week at the State Library

Unidentified family portrait

Unidentified family portrait, example of an ambrotype [069321PD] Do you recognise these people? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

National Family History Week is being celebrated at the State Library from Wednesday 1 August to Friday 3 August. There will be tours, digital scanner training and talks on topics such as getting started with your family history, choosing genealogy software, pensioner guards, research in India, electronic historic newspapers, Ancestry, Findmypast and more. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced family history researcher you are sure to learn something new!
Experienced volunteers from the WA Genealogical Society will also be available each day to help you get started or overcome those brick walls. See our full program and information on how to book at What’s On – National Family History Week.

National Family History Week 2 – 10 August

  • How did the makers of the Australian TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” select their subjects and go about researching their histories?
  • What’s the best way to store precious family archives?
  • What are some of the best websites to use for family history?

Discover the answers to these questions – plus many more – with a stimulating programme of FREE events for National Family History Week at the State Library.

 There will be regular tours of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library as well as presentations on a wide range of family and social history topics by professional historians and library and archives staff. For full details of this exciting programme, go to