Family History Resources

 

Researching your family tree? We have a large collection of print, audiovisual and online resources offering free access to ancestry and genealogy databases.

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Ancestry (Library edition)

This resource is now available at home.
Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, BDM & Military records. Discover more genealogical resources in our print and archive collection.

 

Library Resources and Publications

Allow plenty of time for your research, as most items in this collection are for use in the library only. Members can only borrow items from the Local History collection when multiple copies are held.

 

Photographs

Collections are held at Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton and also available for viewing online through TROVE.

 

Council rates books

  • Richmond Council rate books, 1857-1980 (microfiche) Richmond Library
  • Richmond Council rates records 1857-1875 (DVD) Richmond Library
  • Collingwood Council rate books (includes Clifton Hill)' 1864 - 1984 (microfilm & microfiche) Fitzroy Library
  • Collingwood Council rate books 1864-1900 online through Ancestry.com
  • City of Fitzroy rate books, 1858-1949 (microfilm) and 1958-1973 (digital) Fitzroy
  • City of Fitzroy rate books 1858-1900 online through Ancestry.com
  • City of Melbourne Valuations 1843-1861 (microfiche Fitzroy)
  • City of Melbourne Rate Books 1851-1900 (microfiche Fitzroy)

Postal Directories

Available at Fitzroy Library and Richmond Library

  • Sands & Kenny Melbourne directory 1857-1861
  • Sands & McDougall postal directories 1862-1974
  • Wise's Victoria Post Office directory 1884-1899
  • Port Phillip/Victoria directory 1839-1867
  • Bailliere's Victorian Directory 1868-1881

Electoral rolls

Available at Fitzroy Library and Richmond Library

  • Victoria, electoral roll 1856,1903,1908,1912
  • Victorian electoral roll & Federal referendum 1899
  • Victoria, electoral roll, 1903
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1908
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1912
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1984

Newspapers on microfilm or microfiche

  • Clarion 1980-1985 (Richmond Library)
  • Clifton Hill Gazette 1888 (Richmond Library)
  • Clifton Hill Leader 1888-9 (Richmond Library)
  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Courier 1949-58 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Mercury 1875-1903 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Collingwood Observer 1862-1909 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Fitzroy City Press 1881-1920 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Native Companion 1907 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Richmond Advocate 1972-1975 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Australian 1861-1916. (1878-9 missing) (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Guardian 1878-1936 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Hawthorn Camberwell Chronicle 1932-1945 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Hawthorn Camberwell Weekly 1930-1932 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond News 1946-66 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Recorder 1970-1971 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Scene 1978-1980 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Voice 1975-1977 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Weekly 1927-1930 (Richmond Library)
  • Star Pictorial 1957 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Tribune 1894-1906 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Times 1937-39 (Richmond Library)
  • The Tatler (a Melbourne paper) (1897, 1898) (Fitzroy Library)
  • The Woodsman 1967 (Fitzroy Library)

Newspapers in bound volumes

  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Courier 1961-1971 (Collingwood Library)
  • Collingwood, Fitzroy & Carlton Courier 1958-1960 (Collingwood Library)
  • The Courier 1951-1973 (Fitzroy Library)
  • The Digger 1975 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Fitzroy City Press 1889-1907 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Melbourne Times 1969-1990 (Fitzroy Library)
  • 1971-current (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Melbourne Leader 1991-current 1991-1993 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Advocate Dec 1972 - Jul 1975 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond News Jul - Oct 1992 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Scene Oct 1983 - Dec 1990 (Richmond Library)
  • The Voice Apr - Nov 1989 (Richmond Library)
  • The Woodsman 1967-1968 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Yarra Leader Sept 1994 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)

 

Births, deaths & marriages records

The Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage records can now be accessed online at https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au

Microfiche:

  • Births, Victoria 1853-1913 (Richmond Library)
  • Deaths, Victoria 1854-1980 (Richmond Library)
  • Marriages, Victoria 1853-1930 (Richmond Library)
  • Marriages, South Australia 1917-1937 (Richmond Library)
  • Marriages, Tasmania, 1900-1919 (Richmond Library)

 


 

Genealogical links

This list of sites is a starting point for your family history search.