Family History

The Library has a range of genealogical resources to assist you with your family history research:

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Ancestry - free to access with your library card, but use is IN THE LIBRARY ONLY!

Genealogical sites on the Internet


Narre Warren and District Family History Group

This group is based at the Cranbourne Library. They have a great website which aims to photograph, transcribe and document every monument or memorial within the City of Casey and the Shire of Cardinia.

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies

Genealogical Society of Victoria



Family Search database.

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormons) maintain the Family Search data base which has the largest collection of free family history, family trees and genealogy records in the world. 

Ancestry Family History database

Ancestry can be accessed, free, at any Casey Cardinia Library Corporation branch.  Go to our website - > On-line resources > Family History      (In Library use only)


Ancestry Family History database (see above) also has Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Free, searchable indexes.

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Free On-line Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, covering Births over 100 years ago, Deaths over 30 years and Marriages over 50 years ago.  Can be found at  Click on Family History.

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General  Free On-line Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, covering Births 1829-1915, Deaths 1829-1985 and Marriages 1829-1940 can be found at Click on Family History on left.

Genealogy SA     On-line family history indexes

Tasmania Births, Deaths and Marriages

Western Australia Department of Attorney General.  Free On-line Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, covering Births 1841-1932, Deaths 1841-1971 and Marriage 1841-1936.    Can be found at


Public Records Office of The State Government Archive, includes shipping records, wills, divorce records and much more.

National Archives of Australia  Services offered to Family Historians can be found at The NAA has the Defence Records of all Australians that served in the two World Wars (see Military Records). You can also access records of some migrants who arrived after 1901.

State Library of Victoria  Information about the SLV genealogy resources can be found at

National Library of Australia   Information about their genealogical resources can be found at

To search the entire collection and other databases go to Trove

Digitised Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954 can also be accessed through Trove or go to

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  For information on tracing your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors.

Archives Office of Tasmania Searchable indexes of early records including digitised copies of Convict records, Divorces and Naturalisations, Arrivals and departures. 

State Records Authority of New South Wales  Searchable Indexes of early records including Census, Convicts, Immigration and Land Records.


New Zealand Historical Births Deaths and Marriages  Free On-line Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, covering Births from 1848 to 100 years ago, Deaths from 1848 to 50 years ago and Marriages from 1843 to 80 years ago.

National Library of New Zealand      Information to help trace your New Zealand ancestors.

The New Zealand National Library also hosts Papers Past - digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from 1839 to 1948.

National Archives of the United Kingdom  The English strand of the U.K Archive network can be found at

The Scottish Archives can be found at  

Scotlands People - Official government source of genealogical data for Scotland.  Fee to view images/transcriptions.

Yorkshire Births, Deaths & Marriages Register Office  The site has indexes for Yorkshire from 1837.

National Archives of Ireland

The proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834  Records of trials held at London’s Central Criminal court.

General Register Offices  Obtain births, deaths and marriage certificates for England and Wales      


Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland


Australian Cemeteries on  Information on cemetery locations and contact details. Many Registers are on-line.

German Headstones in Australia  Detlef Papsdorf has photographed headstones in Australian cemeteries with German or Wendish names. A great resource for tracing German immigrants.


Public Records Office of Victoria
Victorian Shipping Records are available on the Public Records of Victoria site at

Scottish Emigration Database
Database of over 21,000 passengers who embarked in Scotland between 1890 and 1960 for foreign shores.

The Ships list
This site has passenger lists for Australia, Canada, U.S.A and South Africa, ship pictures and descriptions, shipwreck information.



National Archives of Australia

World War One Service records have been digitised and the National Archives have commenced digitising World War Two records.

Australian War Memorial

AWM has the World War One nominal rolls, embarkation rolls and other records of soldiers that served in all conflicts. Click on the "People" tag to access the indexes.

Department of Veteran Affairs

Useful links for serving and past military personnel.

They also have nominal rolls for the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Second World War

Korean War

Vietnam War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Lists the grave sites of Commonwealth soldiers.

Discovering ANZACs

Find out where the Anzacs came from.   Australian and New Zealand WW1 service personnel by locality of birth or enlistment.

Australian ANZACs in the Great War

Search for soldiers by name or place. 

Victorian War Heritage Inventory

Database contains information and images of sites relating to Victoria’s war history including war memorials, avenues of honour, memorial buildings, and places of commemoration.

New Zealand History on-line -  Military links

Information on New Zealand’s war history and service personnel.

New Zealand WW100

New Zealand's World War One centenary -  information about New Zealand soldiers and the New Zealand War effort.

Imperial War Museum

Has a Family History section.

Casey-Cardinia Commemorating the Great War 1914-1918 blog.  Information on the Casey Cardinia region during the Great War.



Australian Family History Compendium

Comprehensive resource for Australian genealogy research

Australian Federation of Family History Organisations  - Find links to many Australian family history societies.

Websites for Genealogists  an Australian gateway to other sites.

New Zealand History on-line Genealogy links

Cyndi’s list of Genealogy sites on the Internet

Has links to over 320,000 genealogy websites

Genuki : U.K & Ireland Genealogy   Many useful links.

Curious Fox

The village by village contact site for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland.



Trove - Newspapers
Digitised Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954 can also be accessed at  Good source of family and local history with births, death, marriage announcements and local stories.

Papers Past
Digitised New Zealand newspapers from 1839 to 1948.

Victorian Government Gazette On-line Archive of all the Gazettes from 1836 to 1997. The Gazette covers all official notifications of Government and Legal activities and was the main way that the Government communicated with the Public. You may find your ancestor listed if they had ever been appointed to a Government post, granted land, registered a patent, become a Cemetery Trustee etc.

Ryerson Index A contemporary index of deaths in Australia taken from newspapers and indexed by volunteers.

Families in British India Society Resources for tracing English and Anglo Indian families connected to the sub-continent.

Society of Genealogists   Site has searchable databases such as the N.S.W Ships musters 1816-1825.

Vanish    Search, information and support service for adopted, donor conception and children who were wards of the State or in foster homes.

Find and Connect  Information about Australian orphanages, children’s homes and other institutions.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria  Information on Victorian history. To find contacts for Local History Societies, click on Societies, then RHSV Affiliated Societies Database.

London  Gazette  Since 1665, all official British government notices have been published in this Gazette. Has  information on bankruptcies, naturalisations, patents, military honours, promotions and appointments and public service appointments etc.













Narre Warren and District Family History Group

Friendly and experienced members of the Narre Warren and District Family History Group will be able to assist you at the Family History Room behind the Cranbourne Library on the following days:

Tuesday   11.00am to 3.00pm
Saturday   11.00am to 3.00pm

The Family History Room has key resources that will also help your research, from local family histories, gazeteers and newsletters to local rate card indices and a selection of international parish records and indices.