Family history

Free remote access to and Find my past for a limited time

Inner West Council libraries is giving members free access to and Find my past, the genealogy databases that help explore your family's history and significant life changing events.

If you are keen on exploring your own local history, please contact the Local History team via



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.

Access the library catalogue and then select Ancestry from the Local history menu on the right.

Find My Past 

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

Historic Newspapers 

The Australian Newspapers Collection

Search two of the most influential Australian newspaper: The Age (1854-2000) and the Sydney Morning Herald (1831-2000). Gain insight into politics, business, culture, sports, and more throughout Australian history. 
Login with your library membership number.

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: 02 Dec 2021