Family History – Begin your journey

Researching family history is a favourite hobby for many people. The National Archives holds many records in which you might find information about your ancestors. This is the place to come if your family members served in the Australian armed forces or if they migrated to Australia during the 20th century.

You can view records online using RecordSearch or check original archival records in one of our Reading rooms.

Researching your family; How to do family history research in the National Archives

Case studies; Stories from the Archives about the families of famous and not-so-famous Australians

Resources; Links to family history publications, websites, seminars and other resources

Caring for your collection; How to look after your precious family documents and photos

Agreement with

The National Archives announces that it has entered an agreement with the major family history website 

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Family Journeys

Stories in the National Archives of Australia.
Embark on a family history journey.

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Discovering Anzacs

As part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations, the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand are working together to build a new website, Discovering Anzacs. This website will have a unique profile of Anzacs who enlisted in World War I, linked to their service record. Like Mapping our Anzacs, users will be able to browser records by location maps and explore events via an interactive timeline. Visitors to the website will easily be able to contribute images, stories and link connected records. This new website will replace Mapping our Anzacs and be available in 2014. A preview site is available now.

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