Victoria, Australia Genealogy

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Getting started with Victorian research

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Principles of Family History Research

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information


Ashworth, Phyllis G.  Entries From George Keane Johnston's Bible.  Genealogy of George Keane Johnston, originally at Co. Leitrim, marries and lives in Cork, and emigrates to Victoria Australia between 1851-1856. Genealogy covers 1817-1887, article in The Irish Ancestor vol.III. no. 2, 1971 page 84. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i 


In Victoria there are 79 councils that provide local government for a specific geographical area within the State. These local councils are considered a separate tier of government in addition to Federal and State governments.
In Victoria, councils are established and operate under various State Government laws, including the Constitution Act 1975 and the Local Government Act 1989.
These councils vary in geographical size and population. They are responsible for providing and maintaining public buildings, and services to their communities.  See the following link for a list of the respective local councils.

List of Victorian Local Councils

Research Tools

Research guides

The State Library of Victoria has published several family history research guides covering adoption, beginners, ships, WW1 soldiers and more.

  • (helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)
  • (language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)

Help Wanted

Interested in editing or adding to the Wiki? The Victoria page needs you! Here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!


National Family History Week July 29th to August 7th 2011

Family History Feast Day is a day of free information sessions for family history researchers.  It is held annually during National Family History Week and includes the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations 'Don Grant' Lecture.  Discover the major Victorian government agencies for genealogical research and how they can help with your family history research.

The event is organised jointly by the Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia (Victorian office), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the State Library of Victoria.

Clicking on the above link will enable you to listen to a selection of the 2010 Family History Feast (FHF) lectures; following is a listing of some of the lectures available.

Geoffrey Blainey on family history
Philip Thiel on genealogy & creative nonfiction
Peter Gloury on Victoria's recorded history
Kim Burrell on the National Archives of Australia
Sandra Burt on archives for family historians
Joan Hunt on finding family on the goldfields
Patricia Grimshaw on women & family history
Geelong Heritage Centre archive
PROV online & in person
Mark Brennan on archives and migration

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