National Family History Month

Explore your ancestry this August.

Tasmanians with an interest in family history will have an opportunity to learn more about the resources available to them during National Family History Month, which takes place throughout August.

It's an excellent opportunity for you to discover your family history, and develop relevant skills from experts.

    ...and it's all free!

Events across the state cover a wide range of ancestry related topics, including;

  • behind-the-scenes tours of the Tasmanian Archives,
  • demonstrations on how to conserve photographs,
  • practical sessions on how to use online resources to find your ancestors, and
  • discussions on ancient family history, human evolution, migration, and DNA testing.

This year we are celebrating an important milestone - we are about to reach 1 million names listed on the Tasmanian Names Index, our very own genealogical search engine. Searching the Names Index allows anyone to unravel a unique and personal story from Tasmania's history by simply typing in a name. You can help us to add to this resource by volunteering on the DigiVol platform.

You might also like to look at Libraries Tasmania's online family history resources.

Missed an event? Some of the events for National History Month were recorded (with the permission of the speaker), and can be heard on the Libraries Tasmania Sound Cloud page.

Bookings and more information:

Book via . All events, state-wide, which are hosted by Libraries Tasmania for National Family History Month are listed on the Eventbrite website.

  • State Library and Archive Service - This year, the State Library and Archive Service is hosting more than a dozen events in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (Hobart) and the Berridale Archives Repository. Find out more.

  • Launceston Library - On Wednesday, 14 August, Launceston Library is holding an Open Day. Find out more.

  • North-West Coast - We've got you covered on the coast, with events from Latrobe to Smithton. Get an introduction to the best methods and resources available at your library for discovering your family history. Find out more.

  • Other locations - Events are happening all around the state. Find out more.

  • Discover more about National Family History Month at their official website.



Hobart - State Library and Archive Service events

The State Library and Archive Service is hosting more than a dozen events in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (on the Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart), and even a couple of behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Repository. The remaining events are listed below. You can download the full list of events make a booking via  or contact the Hobart Foyer desk staff on (03) 6165 5539 to make an equiry.

Listen to Anna Claydon and Elisabeth Wilson on ABC Radio talking about Family History month. Skip forward to 2h 15min 23sec.

Wed 21st
2 – 3pm

Forensic family history
With Dr. Elisabeth Wilson, former Genealogical Researcher for the Public Trustee

Forensic genealogy is used to find living relatives, often for estates for which legal next of kin is not known. Elisabeth will share techniques and resources which can also help in establishing family trees in general.

Thu 22nd
2 – 3pm

Getting the most out of FamilySearch

With Rebecca Read, Director of the FamilySearch family history centre at Derwent Park.

FamilySearch.org is one of the world's most popular family history websites, receiving nearly half a million visits per day. Unfortunately, most visitors do not realise that if they only use the default search form they only access a small proportion of the records available on the site. In this presentation, Rebecca will show you how to find the records most visitors miss.

Week Five

Tue 27th
2 – 3pm

History and records of Cornelian Bay Cemetery
With Maree Ring, Author and Historical Researcher

Wed 28th
2 – 3pm

Blog, Publish, Archive or Ingest? Your family history research
With Liz Lehete, Librarian, State Library & Archive Service

Thu 29th
10 - 11:30am

Government Archives & Preservation – Berriedale Repository
A guided tour with Nicki Ottavi, Archivist, Government Archives & Preservation
* Bookings essential – maximum of 10. Contact the Foyer on (03) 6165 5539

Thu 29th
2 - 3:30pm

Government Archives & Preservation – Berriedale Repository
A guided tour with Nicki Ottavi, Archivist, Government Archives & Preservation
* Bookings essential – maximum of 10. Contact the Foyer on (03) 6165 5539




Launceston Library Open Day:

On Wednesday 14 August as part of National Family History Month, Launceston Library held an open day with presentations, lectures, “how to” videos, a lucky a draw, and an information exchange. See the list of events below, or download the flyer 


Time and Room


Event Details

14 Aug
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Phil Leonard Room,
Launceston Library

They Lived in Launceston:  See the city through ancestors’ eyes
presented by Derek Binns

All welcome. No booking required.

14 Aug
11:00 am –
12 noon

Digital Lab,
Launceston Library

Tips and tricks with Trove newspapers
with Sharon Thomson and Catherine Pearce

14 Aug
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Phil Leonard Room,
Launceston Library

Early Port Dalrymple Musters:  Exciting new resources
presented by Steve Pearsall

and...

Oldies but goodies: Gazettes, almanacs and directories
presented by Catherine Pearce

All welcome. No booking required.

14 Aug
2:00 pm –3:00 pm

Room 1,
Launceston Library   

Beyond the Family Tree:  Stories from family heirlooms
with Garry Conroy-Cooper

Bring a family heirloom for display and share its story with a fact sheet. Selected heirlooms shared with Garry and the audience at 2:00pm.

For details and fact sheets please ph (03) 6777 2451 or email launref.library@education.tas.gov.au



North West Coast

We've got you covered on the coast, with events from Latrobe to Smithton. Get an introduction to the best methods and resources available to you to discover your family history, including information about the databases and your library card lets you access, both from home, and in the library. See what’s new, and learn some tips & tricks. Remaining events are listed below.

Wednesday 21 August
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Unverstone Library

Introduction to Family History

Bookings – Ph 6464 3120

Thursday 22 August
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Penguin Library

Introduction to Family History

Bookings – Ph 6477 7520

Friday 30 August
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Burnie Library

Your Library card – a pass to the past.

Bookings - Ph 6477 7400

All other Tasmanian events

All events, state-wide, which are hosted by Libraries Tasmania for National Family History Month are listed on the Eventbrite website. Browse and book events using the website.



23 Aug
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Kingston Library - Family History Research

For help with your family research, come along to the Family History Group. Attendance is free and the group meets in the Kingston Library training room every Friday from 1.30 - 4.30pm. No need to book, please just turn up. If you would like help on a one-to-one basis, we have a family history volunteer available Friday mornings. You can make a booking by phoning 6165 6208 or email kingston.library@education.tas.gov.au

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30 Aug
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Kingston Library - Family History Research

For help with your family research, come along to the Family History Group. Attendance is free and the group meets in the Kingston Library training room every Friday from 1.30 - 4.30pm. No need to book, please just turn up. If you would like help on a one-to-one basis, we have a family history volunteer available Friday mornings. You can make a booking by phoning 6165 6208 or email kingston.library@education.tas.gov.au

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Now