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Published May 21st 2014
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Should you be interested in tracing the history of your family, you're not alone. Finding out where your ancestors came from, how they lived and what they got up to is a fascinating journey and a very engaging hobby.
Particularly useful is the listing of national and state institutions which hold relevant records including State Record Offices and State Libraries. These may vary somewhat in the periods of time they cover, what's available online and what can be viewed in their reading rooms. See each individual website for more information of what they can offer as there are usually online guides to researching as well as an events calendar featuring talks on history and genealogy, tours of the facilities and various forms of assistance and education for researchers.
The National Library of Australia's Trove has more than three hundred and seventy million Australian and online resources including books, historic newspapers and magazines, maps, images, music and more. One search will produce results from all categories.
Unlock the Past is "about promoting history, genealogy and heritage in Australia and New Zealand". They have a good listing of relevant resources in their Directory Category Index and should you wish for some like-minded company on your research journey, they have an extensive directory of family history societies and organisations. Their events calendar lists a wide range of history, genealogy and heritage events including talks, festivals and cruises.
Cindi's List offers categorized and cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research sites online. It's a very useful resource for finding genealogy websites worldwide by category such as by country or by the specific type of record.
Then there are multiple organizations such as FamilySearch (mainly free) and findmypast and Ancestry.com.au (these are subscription sites and some of their offerings are only available via subscription or through pay as you go fees - see their sites for specific information).