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National Family History Month

About National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month and there’s no better time to delve into your family history research. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, State Library Victoria has a wealth of workshops that can help you with your research.

Newspapers & Family History Reading Room tour

Discover how the Library’s rich collection can help piece together your family tree to uncover hidden secrets and fascinating details about your ancestors’ lives. Learn the skills you need to master the Library’s databases and efficiently use the research equipment.

Dates: 2pm–3pm on 2, 10, 16 and 24 August.

Book tickets to Newspapers & Family History Reading Room tour.

Welfare records for family history

Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, North Melbourne H92.330/267

Discover lost connections and unfamiliar histories by learning about welfare records in this online family history workshop.

This webinar will delve into the diverse types of welfare records and where to find them, including what is available in the State Library's vast collection.

Date: 10am-11am, Thursday 11 August.

Book tickets to Welfare records for family history.

Finding families

Black and white photographic portrait of an extended family

Family group on a verandah, c 1912; photo by Mark James Daniel

Do you want to discover more about your ancestors and how they lived their lives?

In this online workshop, you’ll take the first steps to exploring the secret stories in your family’s history.

Date: 10am-11am Thursday 4 August.

Book tickets to Finding families.


Learn how to navigate the Library’s extensive newspaper collection in this live and interactive online session.

Our collection includes over 4000 different local and international papers, dating back to the 18th century. You'll dive into the millions of words printed on both current and historical articles in our online databases, and discover how to find specific newspapers in hard copy, online and on microfilm.

Date: 10am-11am Tuesday 9 August.

Book tickets to Newsworthy.

Researching your home

Black and white photo of an old house

Three children standing on veranda of single storey weatherboard house with established garden. H2009.60/11

Oh what stories houses would tell, if only they could talk!

This brand new webinar will help to answer the questions and curiosities you may have about your family home, whether it’s the house you’re living in now or the scene of your childhood memories.

Date: 10am-11am Thursday 18 August. 

Book tickets to Researching your home.