Group portrait of the Thomson family outside Wyreepi, Kirribilli (Stanton Library)

Researching Family & House History

Family History Help Desk

First three Fridays of each month from 10am-12pm
The Heritage Centre hosts a regular free event to give people individual help in researching their family history. Staff and volunteers will be available to give one-on-one assistance using the resources of the library and those available on the internet. Bring along any information you already have and an idea of what you would like help with.

Sessions will be held on the first three Fridays of each month from 10am-12pm. Booking is essential. Phone the Library on 9936 8400 or email library@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Researching Family History

The internet offers many resources which you can try before coming to the library itself. It is well worth your time to do as much research on your family tree prior to coming to Stanton Library.

There are numerous free websites to explore as well as those only available in the library. Below are some websites which focus on NSW sources.

You can also access Ancestry.com and Find My Past inside the library from any public terminal. It's free to use, and you can either save documents onto a USB memory stick at no cost, or print at the usual charges. To print, you just need your Stanton Library card or a copy card available to purchase at the Information Desk.

Stanton Library has a lot of historical material on people and the local places in which they lived. Search the Heritage Databases and the Stanton Library catalogue.

Stanton Library also has micro-format and hard-copy materials. These are located in the North Sydney Heritage Centre in Stanton Library on Level 1, 234 Miller Street North Sydney or 9936 8438. The Heritage Centre desk is staffed Monday - Saturday, 1-5pm.

Also you can access these indexes which contain birth, death and marriage records for the state and time period indicated below:

Census of NSW 1828
Crows Nest Presbyterian Church of Remembrance
Marine births, deaths and marriages in Victoria 1853-1920
NSW - Pioneers Series 1788-1888
NSW - Federation Series 1889-1918
NSW - Between the Wars Series 1919-1945 (contains death and marriage records only)
Queensland Pioneers Index 1829-1889
South Australian Index to births 1842-1906
South Australian Index to deaths 1842-1915
South Australian Index to marriages 1842-1916
Tasmanian Pioneers Series 1803-1899
Victorian Pioneers Series 1837-1888
Victorian Federation Series 1889-1901
Victorian Edwardian War 1902-1913
Victorian Great War Series 1914-1920
Victorian Death Index 1921-1985
Western Australian Pioneers Series 1841-1905

Researching House History

The internet offers many resources which you can try before coming to the library itself. It is well worth your time to do as much research on your building prior to coming to Stanton Library.

There are numerous free websites to explore as well as those only available in the library. Below are some websites which focus on NSW sources.

You can also access the websites listed above from any public terminal in the library. It's free - the only cost is if you need to print. You just need your Stanton Library card or a copy card available to purchase at the Information Desk.

Stanton Library has a lot of historical material on people and the local places in which they lived. Search the Heritage Databases and the Stanton Library catalogue.

To make the most of the resources in Stanton's collections start with this guide:

Getting Started: finding out about your North Sydney House (883.61KB) (884KB)

 

Stanton Library also has micro-format and hard-copy materials. Among these are Sands Directory, Street Files, Telephone Directories and Council Minute Books. Some are accessed via appointment only, but all are available for viewing in the North Sydney Heritage Centre on Level 1, 234 Miller Street North Sydney or 9936 8438. The Heritage Centre desk is staffed Monday - Saturday, 1-5pm.


Heritage Websites

Where can I get a copy of the Heritage Database Sheet for my property in North Sydney?

New South Wales Heritage Office allows you to search the State Heritage Register

which contains the Heritage Database sheets for North Sydney LGA, as well as links to online lists of practising heritage architects and planners.