Missing Lives lunchtime talk: 27 May 12.30

In conjunction with the current Missing Lives exhibition, Claire Lawson from the Australian Red Cross will present a lunchtime talk.

Under what circumstances do people go missing?
What is the impact left on those waiting for answers?

The Red Cross International Tracing/Restoring Family Links is a unique free service that helps families by war, migration or disaster re-establish contact. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies work alongside the International Committee Red Cross in 189 countries around the globe to trace lost loved ones, exchange family news and clarify the fate of the missing.

 Wednesday 27 May 12.30pm  (30 mins)
Where: The Nook , State Library of Western Australia
(The Nook is located on the ground floor at the Cultural Centre entrance to the library)

Missing Lives documents the plight of fifteen, of the thousands of families still waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, classified as missing. Almost 20 years after the wars in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and 13 years after the end of conflict in Kosovo, thousands remain unaccounted for.

Based on a book of the same name, this exhibition highlights the tragic consequences of what happens when the rules of war are not followed, but also illustrates the strength and resilience of survivors still searching for their missing friends and relatives.

For more information visit the State Library website 

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.

Family History talk on Wednesday 7 March

Some of the family history journals held in the Genealogy Centre

On Wednesday 7 March there will be a family history talk, Pathways to the Past: Family History for Beginnersby Leonie Hayes, one of the SLWA Family History Subject Specialists.

Come along if you are new to family history or feel you need a refresher. There will also be a tour of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library on the same day.

For more details, including how to book, please visit our Family History Learning page.

Family history talks on Thursday 9 February

We will be offering two free family history talks at the State Library on Thursday 9 February as part of our Learning program.

Black and White and Read All Over looks at some of the wonderful digitised historic newspapers available through Trove and the Library’s e-resources. Many of these are also available for you to use from home as members of the State Library.

Fantastic Websites is exactly that – a look at some of our favourite family history websites from around the world. Many of them will be familiar to you but you may discover some gems!

For bookings please phone 9427 3111 and visit our Family History Learning page for further details of these and other courses.

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 www.slwa.wa.gov.au/famhistwk.html