Family History

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

 

ancestry logoAncestry (Library edition)

Only available in the Library - can be accessed using the Library’s wireless network.

 

 

Library Online Resources

 

British Newspapers

 

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

The largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

This offers national, regional and local 19th century British newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985

The Times (London) is regarded as the most authoritative medium for political, legal , business and social news. The complete page of every issue is included here.

The Sunday Times Digital Archive

The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006 is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012

 

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.

 

Microfiche and CD ROM

There are a large number of microfiche and CDs available at the Carlton, Fitzroy and Richmond Libraries. Microfiche material consists of indexes and reproductions of primary sources.

To search specifically for microfiche within our online catalogue:

  •  Select 'Subject' from the drop down menu.
  • Type 'local history - microform’ in the search box.
  • Click the GO button or hit enter to start your search.
  • Your search results will then be displayed.
  • Select a record to see where that item is located.

If you have any difficulty finding these files, please contact your local branch.

 

Printed guides

Printed guides of selected collections are also available:

  • Richmond: an annotated bibliography
  • Collingwood: an annotated bibliography
  • Fitzroy: a descriptive bibliography (also includes holdings of other institutions).

 

 Council rates books

  • Richmond Council rate books, 1857-1980 (microfiche) - Richmond Library
  • Collingwood Council rate books (includes Clifton Hill)' 1864 - 1984 (microfilm & microfiche) - Fitzroy Library
  • City of Fitzroy rate books, 1858-1949 (microfilm) and 1958-1973 (digital) - Fitzroy Library

 

 

Postal Directories

  • 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 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Sands & McDougall (fiche) -1862-1910 and 1951-1960 (Carlton Library
  • Bailliere's Victorian Directory 1868-1881 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)

 

Electoral rolls

  • Victoria, electoral roll 1856,1903,1908,1912 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Victorian electoral roll & Federal referendum 1899 (Fitzroy Library)
  • Victoria, electoral roll, 1903 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1908 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1912 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1984 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)

 

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)
  • Port Phillip government gazette 1843-1851 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond 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, Richmond)
  • Richmond Tribune 1894-1906 (Richmond Library)
  • Richmond Times 1937-39 (Richmond Library)
  • The Tatler (a Melbourne paper) (1897, 1898) (Fitzroy)
  • The Woodsman (Collingwood) 4.4.1967 - 5.6.1968 (Richmond 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
  • 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 (Collingwood Library)
  • Yarra Leader Sept 1994 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Local paper index Victoria part 1 1988 -1996 (microfiche) (Fitzroy Library)
  • Argus index: 1855-1859, 1910-1949 (microfiche) (Richmond Library)

 

Births, deaths & marriages records

 

Pioneers indexes (CD-Rom):

  • NSW Part I 1788-1888; Part II 1889-1918, Part III 1919-1945 (Richmond Library)
  • Tas 1803-1899 (Richmond Library)
  • Vic 1837-1888 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • WA 1841-1905 (Richmond Library)

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)

VicHeritage Victorian Indexes (CD-ROM)

  • Federation Index: Victoria 1889 - 1901 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Edwardian Index : Victoria 1902 - 1913 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)
  • Great War Index : Victoria 1914 - 1920 (Fitzroy Library, Richmond Library)

 


 

Genealogical links