Working on your family history is a fascinating and rewarding activity. And there is so much that can be done from your own home.

Help from a Librarian

Our staff are here to help you with any questions you have about local and family history. You can contact us for help on how to access records and resources online, finding information on local history and unravelling family history. Use our Ask a Librarian form for staff assistance.

Ancestry

Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resources, providing access to more than 200 billion images in more than 7,000 unique databases. We hold a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition, which is usually only available in the libraries. To support users during COVID-19, access is now available at home, via our subscription until December 31 2021.

To login within the library: go to Ancestry Library Edition while using a library PC or while connected to the library Wi-Fi on your laptop/mobile device.

To login at home: go to Ancestry Library Edition and log in using your membership number and PIN.

FindMyPast

FindMyPast is a subscription based family history database that has unique Australian records and partnerships with the British Library and the National Archives (UK). We hold a subscription to FindMyPast, which is usually only available in the libraries. To support users during COVID-19, access is now available at home, via our subscription.

To login within the library: go to Find my past while using a library PC or while connected to the library Wi-Fi on your laptop/mobile device.

To login at home, please follow these steps:

A librarian will reply to you within business hours with login instructions.

The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive has millions of historical news reports, family notices, letters to the editor, obituaries and advertisements from newspapers published in the United Kingdom.

To login: go to The British Newspaper Archive while using a library PC or while connected to the library Wi-Fi on your laptop/mobile device.  First time users will need to register for a free account.

Local and family history research guides

Whether you’re researching where your family came from, the area where they lived or who else might have lived in your house or street, you'll discover a wide range of library resources to help.

Visit these pages for research advice and recommended reading:

To find historical images of Boroondara, explore our photography collection.

Access to restricted material

Some local history material is rare and fragile, which means it can't be replaced if lost or damaged. Use of this material is at the discretion of the Local and Family History Librarian.

You can request access to restricted local history online or in person at one of our libraries. Requests may take several days to process.

Request access to a restricted local history item

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