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.

Channel Islands & the Isle of Man

Channel Islands

  • The Priaulx Library, Guernsey holds parish registers for the Bailiwick of Guernsey from 1570 onwards. See their guide for further information. A look up service is available (fees apply).

The Isle of Man

  • Indexes to the Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009 are available on FamilySearch.
  • The Manx National Heritage Library & Archive Service holds parish registers from 1607-1878.


Access in the 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.