Australia Websites

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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes Australia's major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources.

National Archives

PO Box 7425

Canberra Business Centre

ACT 2610

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 collection, although the site contains links to those records.

National Library of Australia

maintains a website that lists selected websites for Australian Family History and Genealogy:



Vital Records


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