To coincide with the theme of this year’s Family History Feast, we have released a new Family History research guide called Researching your multicultural ancestors.



The Botterri family, Bonegilla Migrant Hostel, H2002.24/1 

This guide introduces you to the basic principles of family history research and lists the key resources and records available for researching your ancestors. It specifically focuses on researching ancestors that emigrated to Australia from countries other than the United Kingdom – a Researching your ancestors from the British Isles research guide will be released later this year.

The Researching your multicultural ancestor guide is not a definitive guide that lists specific resources for individual countries, rather it demonstrates how to start your research using resources available at the State Library of Victoria. It also provides advice on how to locate and access overseas collections and repositories.  Navigation is easy as the guide is divided into the following sections –

In the Family History & Newspaper Room you will find a selection of titles that focus on researching specific countries and regions. Here are just a few to get you started.

vital records  International vital records handbook

European Roots  In search of your European roots

italian ancestors  Finding your Italian ancestors

Middle Eastern genealogy  Search your Middle Eastern and European genealogy: in the former Ottoman Empire’s records

Baltic Genealogy  Tracing Your Baltic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern ancestry online

Research guide to Chinese Genealogy  Research guide to Chinese genealogy

German Genealogy  The Family tree German genealogy guide : how to trace your germanic ancestry in Europe

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