Researching your multicultural ancestors

A guide to researching ancestors who emigrated to Australia from countries other than the United Kingdom

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Ann Copeland
Librarian, Family History Team
State Library Victoria

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Subjects: Family history

Family history guides


Welcome to State Library Victoria's guide to researching your multicultural ancestors.

This guide introduces you to the basic principles of family history research and lists the key resources and records available for researching your ancestors. This guide focuses on researching ancestors that emigrated to Australia from countries other than the British Isles.

This is not a definitive guide that lists specific resources for individual countries. Rather it demonstrates how to start your research using resources held at State Library Victoria and other Australian collections. It then provides advice on how to locate and access overseas collections and repositories.

On the Research steps page, you will find a list of the key research steps that you should follow when undertaking your family history research. Each of the following pages list our resources you can use and indicates where and how you can access these collections.

For detailed research queries please use the Ask a Librarian service or talk to staff in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms.

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.

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