Family history

Free access to from home for a limited time

Inner West Council libraries is giving members free access to, the genealogy database that helps explore your family's history and significant life changing events.

Ancestry includes local and international records, census and voter lists, immigration and travel records, convict, settler and passenger lists, birth, marriage and death records as well as user-contributed family trees.

Login with your library membership account and then select Ancestry from the Local history menu on the right.

If you are keen on exploring your own local history, our librarians are available for help with research strategies and tips from 9am to 5pm on 9335 2167 or 9335 5187.



Ancestry gives library members access to more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases. Includes records from US census, military, court, land and probate, church records, passenger lists.

Find My Past 

Find My Past has over 50 million records for Australia, NZ, PNG, Pacific Islands. Available within the library.

Family History Research Group

Individuals in the group work at their own pace in researching their family history, ancestors and genealogical goals. The group has been going strong for over 15 years and help each other by way of discussions, knowledge, and skill sharing.

Our Local History Librarian is also available during these sessions to guide and help with tracing your genealogy / family history.

All are welcome to join. However, you should be computer literate, able to search the web and have an active email address. You will also need to bring your work and have knowledge or records of dates and events of your ancestors like birth, marriage, and death.

During these sessions the library provides tablets and access to genealogy / family history database like Find My Past, Ancestry and other web resources.

Family History Research Group runs from February to November during the calendar year, on the second Tuesday of each month at Marrickville Library, 10am to 12pm. No bookings required.

For any questions please email: or call 9335 2167.


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Page last updated: 05 Aug 2021