Family History – Begin your journey

Researching family history is a favourite hobby for many people. The National Archives holds many records in which you might find information about your ancestors. This is the place to come if your family members served in the Australian armed forces or if they migrated to Australia during the 20th century.

You can view records online using RecordSearch or check original archival records in one of our Reading rooms.

Researching your family; How to do family history research in the National Archives

Case studies; Stories from the Archives about the families of famous and not-so-famous Australians

Resources; Links to family history publications, websites, seminars and other resources

Caring for your collection; How to look after your precious family documents and photos

Destination Australia

Share your story, read about other migrants' memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know.

Destination Australia

Discovering Anzacs

The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand commemorate the Centenary of Anzac with Discovering Anzacs.

Family Journeys

Stories in the National Archives of Australia.
Embark on a family history journey.

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Agreement with

The National Archives announces that it has entered an agreement with the major family history website 

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