Where to get help
Find comprehensive contact information by state and territory for the key organisations that hold or can help you find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history records and information.
Choose a state
Each state and territory has a range of organisations listed. We've also included descriptions of the records or information relevant to family history research, contact information and links to family history web resources and guides.
Please let us know if you think we have left something out.
Social and emotional wellbeing information sheets
Sometimes words or images in material can cause sadness or distress, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma. There are organisations in each state and territory that offer social and emotional wellbeing support to individuals and families.
Types of organisations
Organisations in each state and territory can help with your family history research. There are also a number of national organisations and non-government websites that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history.
- Libraries hold a range of material that is useful for family history, including books, indexes, original manuscripts and photos. Many larger libraries have special family history librarians who can help you with your research. Most libraries have online research guides to help you understand their collections.
- Archives hold original records, created by government agencies, private organisations or individuals. Archives are different from libraries, and you will need help from an archivist to locate and access records.
- Indigenous family history services are provided by state and territory governments to assist you in accessing records and personal information about yourself and your ancestors held in government archives.
- Link-Up organisations provide services to members of the Stolen Generations and their families. These include researching family and personal records, finding family members, organising reunions and providing holistic support and counselling.
- Organisations for adoptees and care leavers (and their families) can help you find information about your personal and family history and connect you with family. They also provide counselling and support services.
- Family history community projects and organisations offer practical help in researching your family history. Some are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused. They may have library collections, computers, online resources and provide training courses and workshops.
Before you make contact
Before approaching organisations, put together any information you already have about your family. Names, dates and places are good starting points for them to help you with your research.