State Library of Queensland

 One Search Catalogue  allows access to published material on a variety of Indigenous topics and images.

such as

Search the index in the State Library of Queensland’s One Search catalogue.  Select “SLQ Family History Indexes”.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islands Studies AIATSIS

I highly recommend that you visit Australian Institution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) as a first point of call.  View the online tutorial to better understand the AIASIS systems .

Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies

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This web site has material extracted from publically available archival records mentioned below.  A worthy Internet site, but remember that the words used in these extracts are those that appear in the original documents, which could be offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Some of the sources are from:-

  1. Births, Deaths and Marriages
  2. Auditor General Reports
  3. Aboriginal Trackers
  4. Colonial Secretary
  5. Education and School
  6. Employment
  7. Exemptions
  8. Gaols and Prisoners
  9. General
  10. Health and Medical
  11. Police and Courts
  12. Protector of Aborigines Letter books
  13. Queensland Parliamentary Papers Marriages
  14. Removals
  15. Settlements and Missions
  16. Torres Strait Islanders

Link-up .  

Link-up provides a caring and private service to members of the Stolen Generation. If you are looking for your family of origin, Link-up can help you reunite with your family members if you have been:

  • adopted
  • fostered
  • removed
  • separated

Queensland Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages

Department of Justice and Attorney General – Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has a history researcher online database (captured February 2017)

View the Family Research site at

They hold records of life events (births, deaths and marriages) that took place in Queensland, from 1829 to present day.

Historical records are available to anyone online, without proof of ID.  Historical records are:

  • births that took place more than 100 years ago (1829 to 1917).
  • marriages that took place more than 75 years ago ( 1829 to 1942).
  • deaths that occurred more than 30 years ago (1829 to 1987).

The Department of Justice and Attorney General also hold historical church records for:

  • baptisms and burials between 1829 and 1856
  • church marriages between 1839 and 1856
  • some marine birth and death records to 1920
  • some death records for Service Personnel who enlisted in Queensland for World Wars 1 and 2.

To access more recent records, you need to satisfy the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages access policy.

Ancestry – Free Charts and forms

Ancestor charts and records are a great way of keep track of family members.  This Internet site provides a variety of genealogy charts and research aids for free download.  Note that the files are in Adobe Acrobat™ format, but worth printing off if you are serious about doing your family history.

Find My Past is a family history and genealogy website, which launched in May 2010. With millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. The great variety of records satisfies the family history buff as well as the social and local historian alike.

I am not sure if this site will be of value for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but it can’t hurt.

Note that while within State Library of Queensland you have free access to certain records through a partnership with findmypast.  Otherwise you will need to register and sign in.

  • Cemetery records
  • Death records
  • Probate, land & court records
  • Migration records
  • Directories
  • Criminal reports
  • Electoral rolls
  • Almanacs
  • Military records
  • Government gazettes

Family Search

Family Search is a sites to assist people with their family history and a world online database where you can capture Australian information

Queensland State Archives 


Queensland government agencies have managed the affairs of Indigenous Australians over a long period of time and the Queensland State Archives is the official repository of agencies

Agencies such as: –

You can check the Queensland State Archives online catalogue at  (

Brief guide 50 to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Guide to searching the Queensland State Archives catalogue, ArchivesSearch.

National Library of Australia Indigenous( 

National Archives of Australia ( )

Australian Human Rights Commissions

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (adcq)

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history.

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This Department has with it the Community and Personal Histories section which have councillors to assist you with navigating the Queensland State Archives Records.  They have an office in the Public Search Room at Queensland State Archives. The office is staffed most days, however, it is a good idea to phone on 07 3273 3949 before travelling to the Public Search Room at Runcorn. Alternatively, you may call 1800 650 230 for assistance.


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