Family history

Our libraries have a wide range of resources to discover your family history. Most of these resources are at Gordon Library, where our staff are happy to help with your research.

Getting started

If you’re new to family history you might feel overwhelmed by the resources available. Before you get started, it’s a good idea to think about how much you’d like to know. Are you looking for information on a specific family member? Do you want to trace your direct line back to your great grandparents’ arrival in Australia?

The library offers plenty of books and online resources showing how to plot your family tree. Write down what you already know and ask your relatives for more information. Once you’ve found the gaps in your knowledge it’s time to delve into the records.

Online resources

Ku-ring-gai Library catalogue

State Library of NSW

State Records NSW

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

National Archives of Australia

Society of Australian Genealogists

Join a family history research group

Members of family history societies are all active researchers who have been around the block and are happy to point you in the right direction.

Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

Address: 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072

Phone: 9499 4568



Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Family History Society

Address: 28 – 44 George Street, Hornsby NSW 2077

Phone: 9875 2843

Lane Cove Historical Society

Address: PO Box 112, Lane Cove NSW 1595

Phone: 9906 3579



Arthur Phillip Chapter of the Fellowship of the First Fleeters

Address: 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072

Phone: 02 9440 5340 



More info

Contact Gordon Library on 9424 0120 or email