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Family History Guide

This guide is designed to help with family history research and provides suggestions for resources from other institutions and organisations.

Library Resources

Book and mouse image symbolising online researchThere are a number of genealogical resources available in the JCU Library and general resources.

Try searching for Geneology together with other useful keywords, like handbook (see an example of results for that search here).

You can also find books by looking at subject headings, such as Australia AND Geneology.

If you wish to browse the shelves, genealogical handbooks and guides are located in the 929.1 and 929.3 areas in a library using the Dewey Decimal  System (this is used by the JCU Library and most public libraries in Australia).

When you find one book that is exactly what you are after, you can use the call number or subject headings for that book to find others like it. While most of our genealogical handbooks are in the Reference Collection, and cannot be borrowed, you will find some great books available for loan. You can also try looking in the same areas in a public library.

Other libraries and archives


There are a number of software programs that can help you organise your information and synthesis your family tree.

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