Researching First Nations Family History

photo of an Aboriginal scar tree

This resource list was put together by the Public Libraries Victoria in collaboration with the Koorie Heritage Trust and the PROV Koori Records Unit. 

Link-Up Victoria

Births Deaths Marriages Victoria

Births Death Marriages Victoria –Family History and Stolen Generations

Koorie Family History Service

AIATSIS Family History (includes toolkit, worksheets and checklists and more, easy to print off and access off line)

Bringing them Home – Report recommendations

State Library Victoria – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People Research Guides

National Library of Australia – Australian Indigenous Family History Research Guide

National Library of Australia – Collections – Indigenous

Public Records Office Victoria – Koorie Services

Public Record Office Victoria – Aboriginal Victorians (1830s – 1970s)

Public Records Office Victoria – Koorie Index of names (1839-1946)

National Archives of Australia – Researching your family

National Archives of Australia – Bringing them Home name index

State Library New South Wales – NSW First Nations Family History Research Guide

State Library New South Wales – Australian Indigenous Index

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (a personal name index compiled by AIATSIS hosted on Trove)

Victoria. Aboriginal Honour Roll Inductees

Australian War Memorial – First Nations service in Australia’s armed forces in peace and war (an overview and searchable list)

Gather – Connecting Aboriginal communities with collections and stories from the State Library of NSW

State Library of Queensland – First Nations family history

State Library of Western Australia – Storylines (image database connecting First Nations people with their history)

Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies

Stolen Generations Testimonies

How to do an oral history


Ancestry Library Edition is available at every Victorian Public Library.