Fostering a sense of belonging
Studying our past and telling our stories is critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shared future.
History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations.
- Value of History Statement
YPRL provides programs and pathways to enable people to connect with the past, including:
Family History groups, where individuals connect to learn and share their stories.
Family History Month, a region-wide program during August dedicated to inspiring and supporting the research and sharing of family stories.
Genealogy Help sessions, where individuals can book one-on-one appointments with an experienced family historian.
Local History Month, a region-wide program during October dedicated to inspiring and supporting the research, and sharing of, local history.
Ask a Librarian service: Contact us with a specific research query or look up from our local history collections.
Learn more about where you live! Melbourne's north includes metropolitan, urban fringe, and rural populations. Our local history focus includes past and present boundaries.
There has never been a better time to research your family history. Access resources at the library to get started.
The traditional owners and custodians of Melbourne’s north east are the Wurundjeri willam clan. Learn more about their connections to local places.
Sites of Significance
This map highlights historical sites in the City of Whittlesea and includes a photo, location and short description.
Family History for Beginners: Webinar
This webinar was recorded in 2020, and introduces eResources, published family histories, newspaper collections and frequently used material such as electoral rolls, shipping records and birth, death and marriage indexes.
Family History tools and resources
A comprehensive guide via the State Library Victoria highlighting their family history tools and resources including their research guides.
Australia and NZ Genealogy and History Facebook Groups and Pages
If you're looking for help, search this list of Facebook groups and join communities in your area of interest (Dec 2020).
Family Search Research Wiki
An online genealogical guide that contains links to genealogy databases, websites, resources, and research strategies to assist you in the search for your ancestors.
A categorised and cross-referenced list of more than 310,000 links for genealogical research.
Family History Guide
A free website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history.
Additional resources for Local History
Little Eltham Heritage Walk
Many historical and culturally significant locations are within a short walk of Main Road Eltham.
Fay Thomas Collection
The Fay Thomas collection contains photos, records, maps, documents and other material relating to the Thomas homestead located in Mernda.
Researching Aboriginal Family History
Information to assist people wanting to research their Aboriginal Family History.
Places of Pride
The Australian War Memorial's Places of Pride was launched in 2018 as a National Register of War Memorials.
International Women's Day: Alice Broadhurst
A spotlight on local nurse and photographer, Alice Broadhurst.
International Women's Day: Elizabeth Austin
Elizabeth Austin was a Victorian pioneer and philanthropist during the late nineteenth century.
Criminal women, 1850-1920 : researching the lives of female criminals in Britain and Australia
Dead Persons Society Melbourne
A Family History "Preserving Our Past for the Future".
Eltham District Historical Society
EDHS encourages interest in and the sharing of stories about the local history of the Eltham district.
Heidelberg Historical Society
An organisation with a shared interest in understanding and preserving the history of Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs.
U3A - the University of the Third Age - is an international movement that fosters lifelong learning for pleasure.