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Family history

Birthday and anniversary messages

Australians celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary can receive personal congratulations from the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen. Provides a table showing who is eligible and details for arranging the message.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Destination: Australia

Draws on the stories of the people featured in photographs on the site to create a history of Australia’s post-war immigration. Register and contribute your stories and identify people and places.

National Archives of Australia

Discovering Anzacs

Explore government records about Australians and New Zealanders who contributed to the war effort during World War I and the Boer War.

National Archives of Australia

Family history records

Provides information on records held by Archives which would be of interest to family historians. It links to information about where to start, and how to find immigrant records, defence service records, indigenous records and other records.

National Archives of Australia

Family history – guides

Guide to material of interest to the family historian. Selected websites provides links to a variety of information including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents.
Tabs: Family history sources | Selected websites

National Library of Australia

Family history – wartime service

Provides links to resources that can help you research the service and wartime experiences of relatives who served in Australia's military forces during conflict.

Australian War Memorial

Find & Connect – Orphanages and children's Homes

Brings together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia. Developed by a team of historians, archivists and social workers, it is designed to help those who experienced out-of-home ‘care’ access records.

Department of Social Services

Indigenous family history

Provides information to help indigenous people tracing family. AIATSIS can also assist anyone of indigenous heritage with their family history research.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Migration and citizenship records

The NAA holds records about people who arrived from overseas during the 20th century and some who arrived during the 19th century. They also hold records about Australians who left and returned to Australia.

National Archives of Australia

Trove: over 3 million Australian and online resources

Find and get books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.  Whether you are tracing your family history, researching a topic, reading for pleasure, teaching or studying, Trove can help.

National Library of Australia

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