Local History & Genealogy
A new eResource for use in the Library
This resource is ONLY available for use in the Library, where you can
- Find information on how to start your family tree and research your family history.
- Search UK Census records from 1841-1911, including name indexes.
- Search Vital Records
- Search passenger lists and other immigration records
- Search military records
Our local history collection includes historic and contemporary aspects of our region and contains parish maps, books on the origin of our towns and several of our heritage buildings, books about the area and books by local authors. Local newspapers are available on microfilm.
Should you have material, old photographs, documents, maps or any information on people, places or events connected with Mid-Western Regional Council and our villages or towns, we would appreciate hearing from you.
Please click here to search our local history collection on the catalogue.
Local History Links
Colonial Inn Museum & Mudgee Historical Society Inc - The Mudgee Historical Society Inc collects and displays items and documents pertaining to the history and culture of the Mudgee district, promotes its history, and provides a family history research service from its extensive archives.
Cudgegong Valley History Project - The aim of the Cudgegong Valley History Project is to gather information about any individual who has had any connection with the Cudgegong Valley or surrounds. Surrounding areas include Baerami, Capertee, Capertee Valley, Grattai, Hargraves, Running Stream, Sofala, Turill, Ulan, Widden Valley, Windeyer, Wollar.
Cudgegong Valley History Wiki - The Cudgegong Valley History Wiki covers an area bounded by the villages of Capertee, Glen Davis, Widden, Baerami, Wollar, Cooyal, Cudgegong, Crudine, and Sofala, and includes within this area Bylong, Lue, Ilford, Glen Alice, Bogee, Rylstone, and Kandos.
Gulgong Pioneers Museum - Established in 1962, the Gulgong Pioneers Museum is home to one of the finest collections of Australiana in the country.
Kandos Bicentennial Museum - The Museum was opened on 30th November 1988, after a great deal of preliminary work had been carried out by a small group of dedicated small group of people who were interested in keeping and displaying items from the history of the area and Kandos in particular.
Kandos History - Created to promote the town of Kandos and share some of its unique history.
Mudgee District Local History - Mudgee District Local History is a service that tells the story of the second region settled west of the Blue Mountains, a district with a fine tradition of heritage that is preserved and valued.
Rylstone and District Historical Society - The site contains information about the Society, the Cottage Museum, as well as local and family history research.
We hold over 500 items that provide information on births, deaths and marriages, pioneer registers, ship passenger lists, census data, and guides for tracing ancestors and convicts.
Ask any of our staff for assistance to start tracing your family tree.
Please click here to search our genealogy collection on the catalogue.
Australian Official Records
Discover our fascinating collection of more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.
The Library's collections offer a wealth of resources to the Australian family historian.
The Memorial's collections contain a wealth of material relating to the military service of individuals that will help if you are trying to track down information about relatives who served in any of the conflicts in which Australia has been involved since the 1860s.
These family history research guides encompass the lives and ancestory of individuals and families originating in, or connected to, New South Wales.
State Archives & Records NSW provides access to the official archives of New South Wales. Information is available on catalogues, guides, indexes and other tools for searching the archives.
The Registry provides data on births, deaths and marriages in New South Wales. A range of certificates are available from this site.
You can search our two online indexes, the Historical index and the Marine index. Your search results will give a summary of details held in our birth, marriage or death registers. Records are restricted for between 30 and 100 years, depending on the life event.
In 1856, Queensland started compulsory registration of life events. We hold records of life events (births, deaths and marriages) that took place in Queensland between 1829 and present day. Historical records are: births that took place more than 100 years ago; marriages that took place more than 75 years ago; deaths that occurred more than 30 years ago.
The registry offers free online historic index searching of births, deaths and marriages from 1841.
You can use the database search box to search databases of newspaper birth & death notices, cemeteries and civil registrations from 1842.
You will find a range of records to help you find out more details about a person's birth, death or marriage in Tasmania. Further useful hints and tips for family history research can be accessed via the Libraries Tasmania website.
Our casualty and cemetery databases are composed of documents recording the details and commemoration location of every casualty from the First and Second World Wars the Commission is responsible for.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies - These printable fact sheets in PDF format will give you the basics to start tracing your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Australian Dictionary of Biography - The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.
Convict Records of Australia - This website allows you to search the British Convict transportation register for convicts transported to Australia between 1787-1867.
FamilySearch - Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
Australian Cemeteries Index - The purpose of this index is to provide a searchable data base for all cemetery inscriptions that have been recorded by the authors and contributors over several years. It is intended to be a useful tool for those researching their family history.
The Ryerson Index - The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries.
Greville's Post Office Directory - These pages contains transcripts of newspapers, a postal directory and a register that have been typed up from the original.