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Access ancestry.com and findmypast.com.au for free using library computers or using your device connected to library Wi-Fi.
Family History Databases
Our database links are arranged by subject; please navigate using the menu on the right.
Getting started with Family HistoryHave you always wanted to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? ERL can help you start to trace your family in Australia and overseas, using online databases, books, microfiche, and CDROMs. Before you start your research, it is advisable to take the following steps:
1. Borrow booksBooks on beginning family history research are available from the library.
2. Speak to older members of the familyThey can remember earlier family members who are no longer alive and may also have photographs and other memorabilia that will help provide dates and other details.
3. Obtain copies of certificatesTry obtaining birth and marriage certificates for yourself, your parents and possible grandparents. Each certificate enables you to take another step back – from marriage to birth to the previous generation.
4. Record and chartKeep all of the information you receive and chart relationships for easy reference.
Visit a branchFamily History records are held by the following branches (records vary from branch to branch):
- Ferntree Gully
- Yarra Junction