Tracing ancestors in the National Archives – Fact sheet 201

The National Archives holds records that might be useful in your family history research. By identifying the ways in which the people you are researching may have had contact with the Australian Government, you might be able to locate records relevant to your search. This fact sheet lists subject areas for which records are likely to be held and identifies fact sheets and/or research guides that will lead to the records.

You should also refer to the National Archives’ publication Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists.

Defence force and defence service

Boer War

Civilian service

Coastal fortifications

Courts martial

Defence force personnel records

HMAS Sydney

Maralinga

Militia

National service

Pay and administrative records

Prisoners of war

RMC Duntroon

War veterans

The Archives also holds records on employment in wartime armaments factories.

Immigration

Aircraft arrivals

Child migration

Chinese migration

Displaced persons and refugees

Dutch migration

Italian migration

Japanese migration

Jewish migration

Migrant accommodation

Migrant selection documents

Naturalisation and citizenship

Passenger records

Quarantine

The Archives also holds records on emigration and passports.

Internal security

Internees, aliens and POWs

ASIO and its predecessors

Employment

Commonwealth public servants

Customs and shipping

Dockyards

Foreign and diplomatic service

Lighthouses

Post offices

Territorial administration

Commerce and industry

Business

Copyright and patents

Industrial relations

Industry

Merchant Navy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Bringing Them Home

General

Prominent figures

General

Organisations

Prime ministers

The arts

The church

Points to remember when using the National Archives

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