Family History Research


The Library provides access to a variety of resources to assist people in tracing their family history and compiling their family tree. These resources include:

Biographical register of Canberra and Queanbeyan and Census and Electoral Rolls

These provide access to information about people who have lived in the region.

Queanbeyan Pioneer Cemeteries

Records of burials can also be searched online through the Queanbeyan City Council website.

Births, Death and Marriages

The NSW State Government provides online access to their records.  It is free to search and you can request copies of certificates for a fee.

Monaro Pioneers

Monaro Pioneers is a useful resource  for searching for people connected to the Queanbeyan region.  It is available online at and it free to use.

The Library has compiled a number of guides for undertaking Family History research and these can be downloaded

Family and Local History Research in Queanbeyan -  click here to download

Family History – Basic Local History Texts  - click here to download

We also have many published family and community group published histories.


Trove is online at

It is a free, online resource, produced by the National Library of Australia and provides access to a wealth of information about all aspects of Australian history. Use it for searching for people and events particularly in newspapers.  You can find over 357,561,672  Australian and online resources:  books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

 Queanbeyan postcard