Researching your ancestors from Great Britain and Ireland

A guide to researching your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using resources at State Library Victoria.

Map resources for the British Isles

Due to Victoria's historic links to Britain, the Library has particularly strong holdings of maps of the British Isles (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland).

For detailed information on the British and Irish resources available here in the State Library and for links to gazetteers, ordnance survey plans and other key British and Irish map resources, please go to the British Isles section of the Maps for local and family history research guide.



State Library Victoria


In line with the stage 3 restrictions announced by the Premier, State Library Victoria closed on Thursday 9 July.

We will advise when there is any update to this situation.

Our Ask A Librarian  reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.