Historical Society Research
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This page lists primary resources that are useful in researching family or local history.
The majority of these resources are not held by the Society.
See Resource Collection for the resources held by the Footscray Historical Society.
- Church records - baptism/Christening
- Hospital records ( 20th century practice)
- Newspaper announcements ( 20th century practice - State and local library records)
- Birth registration - Births, deaths and marriages/ Public records office
- Legal documents - agreements for adoption.
- Administration registers
- Class attendance records
- Records for public schools largely archived at public record repository with private schools largely held with in the schools
- Admittance and academic records - individual Universities and Technology Institutes
- Education Department - Teaching registration public record repository
- Local railways department - Employment registers
- Maritime and Harbours - Certificates of Competency
- Aust'asian Trained Nurses Assoc. - membership
- Public Service List - State/ Commonwealth government
- Associations and memberships with in field or company
- Registration of Marriage, Births, Deaths and Marriages, Public Records Office
- Church records
- Divorce - Dissolution of Marriage - public record repository
- State and Federal - available from local electoral office or state libraries
- Records on women's votes after 1897 federally.
- Pre-Torrens title - official registration - Land Title Office
- Local government records - tenants (rent)
Insolvency and bankruptcy Records
- Register of insolvencies - public record repository
- Local public record archives
- Supreme court (largely still held with in the court)
- Police Gazettes
- Station books (restricted access)
- Permission may be needed from Police Department to view records at state record archives
- Hospital Records - private and public
- Registration of Admission
- Published form the late 1930's to until 1970's - alphabetical listing of by street and district, valuable for tracing family movements
- Local state library may hold these records
- Obituaries and funeral notices
- Papers archived in state and local libraries - including - state, national, local, community, evening, Saturday, weekend and country papers.
- First naturalization given to non-British settlers Federally in 1881, state naturalizations vary.
- Records held in National Archives and state libraries
- Not all full census records have survived - local public record repository and libraries
- Passenger Indexes
- Newspaper indexes for ships for which no passenger list survives
- Indexes to Passenger lists
- Departures from overseas indexes
- Arrivals and departures from interstate indexes
- National Register of Shipping Arrivals
- Available at National Archives and maritime museums
Military Service Records
- Australian War Memorial data bases roll of honour and nominal rolls for conflicts - online and by request
- War Service Records - National Archives
- RSL - memberships
- Recipient records - for military, disability, widow and welfare allowances held at National Archives.
- Land tax records - public record repository
- Income tax records - may be restricted
Church and cemetery notices
Church burial records
Burial registers prepared by individual cemeteries - name, date, age, address
Headstones - Cemetery Index - state historical societies and libraries Cemeteries Funeral director's records Inquests/ colonial reports
- Oral history or interviewing people that have memory of events may also be a useful tool.
- State libraries, archives and local historical societies often have extensive oral history collections.
- Oral history is particularly useful when researching histories of that may have not have been previously represented or documented, including women's, migrant and the oral nature of indigenous cultures.
- Film - National Film and Sound Archive, Screen Sound Australia, Filmworld
- Radio recordings - National Archives, libraries
- History books - as a secondary source - libraries, historical societies
Locations of resources may vary from state to state and with in Australia and are vastly different for people doing research overseas. Please go to links page or contact local archive, repository or library for listings of their holdings. |Schoolspot | Local History | Industrial History | Indigenous Background| Images of the West |Home |