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Family History Research Resources

One of the most important things to do when getting started with tracing your family history, writes genealogist Nick Vine Hall "is obtain a copy of a general beginner's guide about family history research". This page provides a select listing of books, registers, directories and other reference tools held at Leichhardt and Balmain libraries.

Remember that the starting point with all family history research is to begin with you and work backwards.

Microfiche and CD-ROMs

Balmain Cemetery Register Part 1: Jan 26 1868 - Jan 1881 (index included) [and] Part 2: Jan 20 1881 - May 7 1912 (index included)
6 microfiche.

The Balmain Cemetery Register is available on microfiche at Leichhardt and Balmain libraries.

Sand's Sydney & NSW Directory 1858/59 - 1932-33
W F Pascoe in association with the State Library of NSW, 1985
1077 microfiche.

The Sand's Directory is available on microfiche at Leichhardt and Balmain libraries.

A range of family history CD-ROMs are available at Leichhardt and Balmain libraries such as:

NSW Pioneer series 1788-1888
Federation Series 1889-1918
Between the Wars 1919-1945
Victorian Pioneers Index 1837-1888
Tasmania Pioneers Index 1803-1899
West Australian Pioneers Index 1841-1905


The following books are held at Leichhardt Library for your reference:

The Genealogy Handbook: the complete guide to tracing your family tree. 2002

HALL, Nick Vine
Tracing your family history in Australia: a guide to sources. 1994 (LH, R)

Genealogical research directory. National and International plus guide to genealogical societies. 2003 (LH)

LEONE, Bette
How to trace your Italian ancestors: a guide for Australians & New Zealanders. 1994

NUM, Cora
How to find shipping and immigration records in Australia. 2002

NUM, Cora
Web Sites for genealogists. 2003

The A to Z genealogical handbook. 1986 (R)

Compiling your family history. 2002

Online Information

Leichhardt Library provides family history research services, for more complex queries the following online services and those provided by the State Library may help.

Family History Service
Services available from the State Library of New South Wales.

Professional Family History Researchers can undertake research for you (fees apply). Speak to a family history librarian on Lower Ground 2 of the State Reference Library.

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
The Registry holds over 17 million records of events registered in New South Wales. These records include Early Church Records (baptismal, marriages and burials) from 1788 to 1855 and Birth, death and marriage registrations from 1856 to the present day.

Society of Australian Genealogists
This site provides information about the Society plus links to Australian and overseas sources. It also provides online access to their library catalogue and some on-line databases.

State Records NSW
Collections of records created by the NSW government and its agencies.

IHR NSW Family History Documents
This site boasts more than 15,000 pages of records. You can become a member of IHR or pays as you go. Some of the documents available include land records, electoral rolls, school lists and mining and agricultural records.

An excellent site which concentrates on Australia whilst also providing wide coverage of other areas.

Dead Persons Society Ryerson Index
This indexes death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers. It is a contemporary index.

World-Wide Genealogy Resources
An invaluable research tool for Australian amateur genealogists with more than 400 links connecting you to information from other countries.

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service
This Mormon site provides links to other sites as well as access to their catalogue with search options by place and surname.

Cyndi's List
This registry holds information dating back to 1848. There is also a limited range of Maori indexes available.