Family History Month in NSLA libraries

Members of the Schoknecht family at a wedding, c.1890
Image source: Collection of wedding and family photographs connected with the Schoknecht family [picture] (1890) - State Library Victoria

Family History Month is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. It has been running in Australia and New Zealand since 2006, with libraries, archives and other organisations offering additional programs during August, alongside their regular family history resources and collections. We've rounded up a few of the highlights in NSLA libraries this month.

  • ACT Heritage Library offers monthly family history event; August's focuses on local research sources.
  • Libraries Tasmania is running a bumper, month-long series of events, streamed online for those who can't get to Hobart. Topics include using DNA to solve family history mysteries, using the Names Index and Trove, and using naturalisation and citizenship records.
  • National Library of Australia is offering a Chinese Australian family history research webinar.
  • State Library of New South Wales is running online events about using birth, death and passenger records for research, as well as online workshops for First Nations family research.
  • State Library of South Australia has two family history sessions in its National Archives of Australia - SA Collections series about recently digitised state records.
  • State Library of Queensland is hosting a webinar in conjunction with the National Archives about researching German family history.
  • State Library Victoria is running workshops on finding families, using welfare records and resraching your home, as well as a four-week online workshop about researching your family tree.
  • State Library of Western Australia has sessions on getting started, and on using Storyline and other SLWA resources to research Aboriginal family history.

And, of course, library family history resources and research guides are available anytime: