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.

Where else?

The following websites provide free access to various collections of parish records. There are many other fee based sites also available.

  • GENUKI - a growing number of county pages include parish records
  • DustyDocs - links to free websites in the British Isles containing parish records
  • FreeREG - access millions of records, that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the UK
  • Society of Genealogists - lists the copies of parish registers held in the Society's library.

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.