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''[[Australia|Australia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Australia Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
  
Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps. This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.  
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Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps.[[Image:220px-Koala climbing tree.jpg|right|220x216px]] This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.  
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Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites listing their e-mail address and services.&nbsp; Most archives have catalogs&nbsp; describing their records and how to use them. Some catalogs are online. Read [http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html ''Australian family history and genealogy: selected websites''] for brief descriptions about archives and libraries.<br>
  
Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites showing information on addresses and services, and a description of their holdings. Some have an online catalog.
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== National  ==
  
== National Archives  ==
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==== [http://www.naa.gov.au/ National Archives] ====
  
The National Archives of Australia holds the records of the Commonwealth government. State Archives hold the records of government for each state. Some Archive web sites include indexes to the material held in that archive eg. immigration, convict records, census, court records, hospitals, divorce, land, patents etc.
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PO Box 7425<br>Canberra Business Centre<br>ACT 2610<br>Tel: 1300 886 881 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3900)<br>Fax: 1300 886 882 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3999)
  
[http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html National Library of Australia]
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The National Archives holds records of Australian government records of the Federation or Commonweath since in 1901; Commonwealth people; and the High Court.&nbsp;[http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx RecordSearch] describes over 7.7 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies.&nbsp; [http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/publications/fact-sheets/fs01.aspx Reading rooms] are in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.<br>
  
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[http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/research/index.aspx A step-by-step guide to research at the National Archives ]is available. More than 200 fact sheets about their records are available [http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/index.aspx online]. Family history records are [http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/family-history/index.aspx not in their collections], but the site contains links to those records. Read [http://www.naa.gov.au/services/family-historians/index.aspx Begin Your Journey]&nbsp; to get started family history. <br>
  
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==== [http://www.nla.gov.au/ National Library of Australia]  ====
  
Most records date back to the 1901 Federation of Australia, but some date back even earlier.
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Parkes Place<br>Parkes ACT 2600<br>Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1266<br>Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 5081<br>
  
The following is an older general guide to the archives and libraries in Australia:  
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The National Library is the largest reference library in Australia. Their [http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/ catalogue] is online. [http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/family.html Frequently asked questions] for family historians explain about the records there. <br>
  
White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. ''Our Heritage.'' O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=423386&disp=Our+heritage&columns=*,0,0 994 J54w].)
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== State and Territory Archives and Libraries  ==
  
Another guide to the collection:  
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State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas. Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the [http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/libraries Australian Libraries Gateway].&nbsp;
  
Australian Archives. ''Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives''. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.&nbsp; (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=660067&disp=Relations+in+records&columns=*,0,0 994 A3r].)
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==== Australia Capitol Territory<br>  ====
  
If you plan to visit one of these repositories, check their website for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.  
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*[http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history ACT Heritage Library]
  
Most archives have catalogs, inventories, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before visiting an archive so that you can use your time there more effectively. Many of these guides are available at the Family History Library, at public or university libraries, or through interlibrary loan.
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==== New South Wales  ====
  
Catalogs, inventories, and periodicals available at the Family History Library are listed at [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=356426&subject_disp=Australia+-+Archives+and+libraries&columns=*,180,0 AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.]  
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*[http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/ State Records - New South Wales]
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*[http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/family/ State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service]
  
Additional listings are available by a [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=generallocalitysearch&columns=*,180,0 Place Search] (Locality) by entering an Australian State as part of Australia: "AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS"
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A guide is ''Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales''. No. 13 in the ''Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales ''series''. ''Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (FHL book {{FHL|152873|title-id|disp=994.4 A35g no. 13}}.) <br>
  
The following guide to the National Library is available at the Family History Library:Burmester, C. A., comp. ''National Library of Australia guide to the collections''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1974. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=201099&disp=National+Library+of+Australia&columns=*,0,0 994 A5ca].) ''A Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales.''Numbers 1–30. Sydney, Australia: Archives Authority, 1971–. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=800659&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35gc].)
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==== Northern Territory  ====
  
''Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. ''''Number 13, Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales''''''''. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=152873&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35g no. 13].)
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*[http://www.nt.gov.au/dcis/nta/ Northern Territory Archives Service]
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*[http://www.ntl.nt.gov.au/for_me/family_history Northern Territory Library]
  
''Provenance Catalogue''. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (Family History Library microfilm [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239122]– [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239123]
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==== Queensland  ====
  
''Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia''. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (Family History Library Call Number [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=577946&disp=Ancestors+in+archives&columns=*,0,0 994.23 A37a].)
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*[http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/ Queensland Government State Archives]
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*[http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/fh State Library of Queensland - Family and Local Historians]
  
Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. ''The Archives office of Tasmania''. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=568628&disp=The+Archives+Office+of+Tasmania&columns=*,0,0 994.6 D27w])  
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A guide is ''Provenance Catalogue''. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (FHL film {{FHL|186003|title-id|disp=1239122}}– {{FHL|186003|title-id|disp=1239123}}.)  
  
Genealogical sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=562773&disp=Genealogical+sources+(Victoria)&columns=*,0,0 994.5/M1 D23g].)
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==== South Australia ====
  
== State and Territory Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/familyhistory/index.html?PHPSESSID=2b447f4d82023a79ae0ea574b32facc0 State Records of South Australia]
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*[http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?area_id=15&nav_id=654 State Library of South Australia - Family History Service and Collection]
  
State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas.  
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A guide is ''Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia''. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (FHL book {{FHL|577946|title-id|disp=994.23 A37a}}.)
  
==== Australia Capitol Territory ====
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==== Tasmania ====
  
*[http://www.naa.gov.au/ <br>]
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*[http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/ Archives Office of Tasmania]
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*[http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/familyhistory State Library of Tasmania - Family History Resources&nbsp;]
  
==== New South Wales  ====
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A guide is Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. ''The Archives office of Tasmania''. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (FHL book {{FHL|568628|title-id|disp=994.6 D27w}}.)
  
*[http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/ State Records - New South Wales]
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==== Victoria  ====
*[http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history ACT Heritage Library]
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New South Wales
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*[http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/ Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives]
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*[http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about/site/information_for/genealogists.html State Library of Victoria - Genealogists and Family Historians]
  
==== Northern Territory  ====
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A guide is ''Genealogical Sources.'' Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (FHL book {{FHL|562773|title-id|disp=994.5/M1 D23g}}.)
  
*[http://www.nt.gov.au/dcis/nta/ Northern Territory Archives Service]
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==== Western Australia  ====
  
==== Queensland  ====
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*[http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/guides/family_history/australia/western_australia State Records of Western Australia]
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*[http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/famhist.html State Library of Western Australia - Family History Service]<br>
  
*[http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/ Queensland Government State Archives]
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== Family and Local History Societies<br>  ==
  
==== South Australia ====
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[http://www.aigs.org.au/Default.htm Australia Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.] promotes and encourages the study of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects throughout Australia and to assist members and others in genealogical research.
  
*[http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/familyhistory/index.html?PHPSESSID=2b447f4d82023a79ae0ea574b32facc0 State Records of South Australia]
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[http://www.coraweb.com.au/society.htm Family History and Historical Societies in Australia ]lists family history organizations that are helpful to researchers.<br>
  
==== Tasmania ====
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== General Guides to Archives<br> ==
  
*[http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/ Archives Office of Tasmania]
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Printed guides may be helpful in locating family history material.  
  
==== Victoria  ====
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*White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. ''Our Heritage.'' O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (FHL book {{FHL|423386|title-id|disp=994 J54w}}.)
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*Australian Archives. ''Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives''. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.&nbsp; (FHL book {{FHL|660067|title-id|disp=994 A3r}}.) The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:
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*Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. ''Indexes in Australian libraries''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (FHL book {{FHL|769504|title-id|disp=994 A3h}}.) <br>
  
*[http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/ Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives]
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==== Family History Library Catalog ====
 
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==== Western Australia ====
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*[http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/community/family.asp State Records of Western Australia]
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The Family History Library has other guides. Call numbers for these can be found in the library's catalog by using the Place Search for:<br>
  
*[http://www.ntl.nt.gov.au/for_me/page_two Northern Territory Library]
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{{FHL|352615|subject-id|disp=AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS}}<br>
*[http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/family/ State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service]
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*[http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/fh State Library of Queensland - Family and Local Historians]
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*[http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?area_id=15&nav_id=654 State Library of South Australia - Family History Service and Collection]
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*[http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/whatdo/services/famhistory State Library of Tasmania - Family History Resources]
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*[http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about/site/information_for/genealogists.html State Library of Victoria - Genealogists and Family Historians]
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*[http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/famhist.html State Library of Western Australia - Family History Service]
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== General Guides ==
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AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
  
Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the [http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/libraries Australian Libraries Gateway].&nbsp;
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The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:
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Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. ''Indexes in Australian libraries''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=769504&disp=Indexes+in+Australian+libraries&columns=*,0,0 994 A3h].)
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Australia Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps.
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This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.


Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites listing their e-mail address and services.  Most archives have catalogs  describing their records and how to use them. Some catalogs are online. Read Australian family history and genealogy: selected websites for brief descriptions about archives and libraries.

Contents

National

National Archives

PO Box 7425
Canberra Business Centre
ACT 2610
Tel: 1300 886 881 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3900)
Fax: 1300 886 882 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3999)

The National Archives holds records of Australian government records of the Federation or Commonweath since in 1901; Commonwealth people; and the High Court. RecordSearch describes over 7.7 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies.  Reading rooms are in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.

A step-by-step guide to research at the National Archives is available. More than 200 fact sheets about their records are available online. Family history records are not in their collections, but the site contains links to those records. Read Begin Your Journey  to get started family history.

National Library of Australia

Parkes Place
Parkes ACT 2600
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1266
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 5081

The National Library is the largest reference library in Australia. Their catalogue is online. Frequently asked questions for family historians explain about the records there.

State and Territory Archives and Libraries

State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas. Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the Australian Libraries Gateway

Australia Capitol Territory

New South Wales

A guide is Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. No. 13 in the Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales series. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (FHL book 994.4 A35g no. 13.)

Northern Territory

Queensland

A guide is Provenance Catalogue. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (FHL film 12391221239123.)

South Australia

A guide is Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (FHL book 994.23 A37a.)

Tasmania

A guide is Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. The Archives office of Tasmania. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (FHL book 994.6 D27w.)

Victoria

A guide is Genealogical Sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (FHL book 994.5/M1 D23g.)

Western Australia

Family and Local History Societies

Australia Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. promotes and encourages the study of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects throughout Australia and to assist members and others in genealogical research.

Family History and Historical Societies in Australia lists family history organizations that are helpful to researchers.

General Guides to Archives

Printed guides may be helpful in locating family history material.

  • White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. Our Heritage. O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (FHL book 994 J54w.)
  • Australian Archives. Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.  (FHL book 994 A3r.) The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:
  • Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. Indexes in Australian libraries. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (FHL book 994 A3h.)

Family History Library Catalog

The Family History Library has other guides. Call numbers for these can be found in the library's catalog by using the Place Search for:

AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS