The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust’s Deceased Search Facility allows you to search the records of Springvale Botanical Cemetery and St Kilda Cemetery. We are currently working towards making the records of Bunurong and Cheltenham Memorial Parks and Brighton General, Cheltenham Pioneer, Dandenong Community and Melbourne General cemeteries accessible to the public. We anticipate records will be made available during the 2013/14 financial year. Please see Deceased Search Help to guide you through using the facility.
This PROV guide outlines how to order wills and probate records, created after 1925, for viewing in Public Record Office Victoria’s (PROV’s) reading room at the Victorian Archives Centre (VAC). Wills and probate records are regularly transferred from the Probate Office to PROV. See the Accessing Wills and Probate Records web page for the current date range of records that can be accessed through PROV. As a general rule, probate records created within the last 7 to 10 years can be accessed through the Probate Office of the Supreme Court of Victoria: www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au . Once ordered on PROV’s online catalogue records are delivered to the VAC reading room Monday to Friday the following times: 10.00am and 2.00pm.
New! Sentenced beyond the Seas : Australia's early convict records, 1788-1801 A project to digitise and index Australia's earliest convict records. Convict Indents list the convicts transported to New South Wales. Search over 12,000 names listed in these records and view the digital indents online. Search early convict arrivals and view the indents online » Search over 130,000 names in the convict database All available in the one index - Search c.130,000 entries including certificates of freedom; bank accounts; deaths; exemptions from Government Labor; pardons; tickets of leave; and, tickets of leave passports.
Our online records display limited information for records from 1788, and searching is free! After viewing search results, your option is to purchase a certificate and obtain all the information available. By supplying a registration number, you receive a discounted fee.
You can find our family history area on Lower Ground 2 of the State Reference Library. Ask one of our family history librarians to help you get started with your research. Programs Family history groups can book into our Researching your family history program. This free program includes:
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 .
The internet is a valuable aid to research into family history. These Australian sites contain a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents. They also provide links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and pathways to make contact with other family historians via indexed family trees, mailing lists and bulletin boards.