A guide to family history research using the major Victorian resources
Newspapers can provide a wealth of information about your ancestors, including:
The Library’s newspaper collection comprises of Australian and overseas newspapers, including almost every issue of every newspaper in Victoria. Most newspapers are available in print or microfilm and a number of titles are available through online newspaper archives.
The following archive is particularly relevant to anyone reseaching historic Victorian material:
Trove - Historic Australian Newspapers 1803-1954
Includes over 1000 state and national newspapers, dating from 1803 to 1954. Over 300 Victorian newpapers are available and more are being added each year.
For further information consult one of the library's newspaper research guides.
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Family history indexes can include a variety of records that are useful for genealogists. The most common type of family history indexes are birth, death and marriage notices (BDMs), and personal notices such as memoriams, anniversaries, engagements, etc. There are also indexes that cover ships passengers lists, arrivals and departures of ships, missing friends notices, wills, inquests and probate notices.
Some useful online family history newspaper indexes are:
Death notices from current Australian newspapers
Herald Sun Tributes
Use the Publication drop down box to search through the Herald Sun and several other Australian titles, including the Geelong Advertiser, the Mercury, the Adelaide Advertiser and the Courier Mail.
The Age - Death & funeral notices
See also - Newspapers Indexes Genealogy for an extensive list of newspaper indexes useful for family history researchers.
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