A guide to family history research using the major Victorian resources
Welcome to the State Library Victoria's guide to researching your Victorian ancestors.
This guide introduces you to the basic principles of family history research and lists the key resources and records available for researching your Victorian ancestors. The guide also includes a selection of resources for other Australian states and territories.
If you are interesting in researching ancestors who were born overseas, have a look at the following research guides:
On the next page Research steps, you will find a list of the key steps that you should follow when undertaking your family history research. Each of the following pages contains information on the many different 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 Family History & Newspaper Room.
The Library is closed from December 25 to January 3. From January 4 2021 we will be partially open to pre-booked and walk-up visitors and our Ask A Librarian service will resume for assistance with your research inquiries online and over the phone.