Aboriginal people and family history

A guide to resources that will help you to research Aboriginal Australian family history.

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Grant Hamston
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Welcome to the Aboriginal people and family history research guide; a starting point for those wanting to begin researching Aboriginal family history. The guide introduces the various types of records, resources, record repositories and basic research strategies associated with this area of research. Resources include other published guides and websites for relevant government agencies such as libraries and archives. These websites provide in-depth information about available records, facilities and services provided by each agency.

The State Library of Victoria advises that some of the records listed in this research guide may include images and names of deceased people; they may also include words and descriptive terms that may be offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These resources are presented as part of the record of the past; contemporary users should interpret the work within that context.

Click on the tabs across the top of this page for more detailed information on each topic.

This is a work in progress. If you find errors, or if you can suggest other information sources or approaches to the topic, please contact me.

We hope you find the guide helpful and useful.

Grant Hamston

This guide was developed with advice and assistance from the Koorie Family History Service at the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Koorie Records Unit at the Public Records Office Victoria.

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