State Library of South Australia

Falling from the tree: Genealogical resources at the State Library

Date: 21 March 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Location: Bray Room One, Spence Wing

Note: Free, bookings essential

Join us for a six-part series on how the State Library's genealogical resources can help you discover your family history.

All sessions include a tour to identify and locate physical resources in the family history area.

Please note: it is not a requirement to attend all sessions.

Thursday 21 March
Learn how to best navigate our State Library Resources. Areas explored include introduction to our catalogue, library guides, how to begin your family history quest, accessing archival and online materials and the rules of engagement! This session forms the essential basis for best using the State Library's genealogical treasures.

Thursday 11 April
In this session, we'll look more in depth at our Library Guides, print hardcopy resources and online databases such as Trove, Ancestry Library and Find My Past. Learn how to use our publicly available PCs to access the varied formats that our resources come in. See a practical demonstration on how to use our microfilm and microfiche equipment.

Thursday 16 May
We begin with birth, deaths and marriages (BDM), the essential starting point. We'll look at their media formats, access options in the Library, and searching tips and tricks, supporting miscellaneous indexes and the church BDM archival material held by us.

Thursday 20 June

Explore immigration - your forebears as passengers arriving and departing from overseas and interstate. Discover the ships they were on and their experiences on the journey in ship's diaries we may hold. You may also find photographs or illustrations of the ships they arrived in SA on. Then we'll move onto location resources to find where they lived in SA using directories and electoral rolls, land ownership and our maps collection.

Thursday 18 July

In this session we look at the ancillary resources that tease out other types of information to flesh out your family history research: military records, government records, and newspapers as a tool for family history.

Thursday 15 August
This recap session brings it all together. You can go behind the scenes to see the State Library's basement storage, map collection and other types of treasures that we hold in our non-public areas.







Event contact details

Contact: Kris Svendsen

Phone: 8207 7295

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