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Family History

Family History

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Family History Services at the Library

Getting Started

Get your family history journey started at the library with access to e-resources, collection items, guest speakers, tutors, genealogy groups, curated resource lists and more.

Explore our tip sheet to get started.

Melbourne DPS

The Melbourne Dead Persons Society meet once a month at Watsonia Library.  This genealogy group has monthly guest speakers and provides an opportunity to discuss your family history research with fellow genealogists. Learn more via the Melbourne DPS Facebook page.

One on One Sessions

Not sure where to start, or what family history resources are available?  Book a half hour or one hour session with a volunteer tutor or libary staff member.  This program operates out of our Diamond Valley and Whittlesea Libraries.

Speaker Programs

Check our What's On brochure and online events calandar for our speaker program which includes topics of interest for family history researchers.  We participate each year in National Family History Month.

Genealogy Groups

Genealogy groups also meet at Mill Park Library and Ivanhoe Library.

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Recommended Resources

Check out these specially curated lists and resources to inform and inspire your family history research.

Researching your Irish Family History

A select list of resources, including reading and websites to assist family history researchers researching in Ireland this St Patrick's Day

Managing your family memorabilia

Advice to keep your family photos, certificates, letters, diaries and precious items safe, as well as advice to keep your files organised.

Researching Cemeteries

The final resting place of your ancestor can provide rich information for your family history
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Useful Sites

Explore these free websites for your family history research

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Coming Events

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New Biographies for Adults

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