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Research Family & House History
Get help with researching your family history, or the history of your house.

Family History Help Desk

Come along to our free help sessions where staff and volunteers are available to give one-on-one assistance using the heritage resources of the library and the internet. Bring along any information you already have and an idea of what you would like help with.

 

The Family History Help Desk is available:

  • on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the month, 10-12pm

in the Heritage Centre on Level 1 of Stanton Library.

 

Bookings are essential.

Phone 9936 8400 or email library@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

To make the most of the resources in Stanton Library's collections start with this guide: Getting Started Researching People (226KB)

Family History Online Research

The internet offers many resources which you can try before coming to the library.

It is well worth your time to do as much research on your family tree prior to coming to us.

Try these free websites:

Society of Australian Genealogists

NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages

Internet History Resources

Australian War Memorial Databases

Cyndi's List

National Archives of Australia

Family History guide (State Archives & Records)

World War Two, Korean & Vietnam war Rolls

The Ryerson Index to Contemporary Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers

GENUKI - UK & Ireland Genealogy

Irish History

Family History Federation

Australian Cemeteries

Family Search

Trove (National Library of Australia resources)

 

These resources are free to use, and you can either save documents onto a USB memory stick at no cost, or print for the usual charges. To print, use your Stanton Library card or a copy card available to purchase at the Information Desk.

But accessible in the library, from any public terminal inside the Library network, you can access:

and for a limited time during COVID-19 Stanton Library members can access from home:

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. Among these are the Sands Directory, Street Files, Telephone Directories and Council Minute Books. Some are accessed via appointment only, but all are available for viewing here in the North Sydney Heritage Centre.

Also you can access indexes which contain birth, death and marriage records for these states and time periods:

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

 

House History

To make the most of the resources in Stanton's collections start with this guide Getting Started: finding out about your North Sydney House (884KB)

The internet offers many resources which you can try before coming to the library.

It is well worth your time to do as much research on your family tree prior to coming to Stanton Library.

Try these free websites:

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. Use 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. Among these are Sands Directory, Street Files, Telephone Directories and Council Minute Books. Some are accessed by appointment only, but all are available for viewing here in the North Sydney Heritage Centre.

 

Heritage Websites

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

Heritage NSW 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.