Exhibition Building, Prince Alfred Park [RAHS Photograph Collection]
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Finding Your Ancestors: Researching Aboriginal Family History in NSW

Most Aboriginal people are already historians. They hold knowledge of family ancestry, culture and history, and often treasured family photos and documents. There is much more to find online and in libraries and archives, but if you haven’t searched in these places before, it can be a bit hard to know where to start. Finding Your Ancestors is a project to encourage and help you to take your first steps into researching your family history.

On this website you will find a series of short videos to help you plan your research and get started. It doesn’t take special equipment or training, but there are tips you can follow to help you get the most out of your research. There are also links to more detailed guides to help you find out more. So please have a look and join our monthly Zoom Q&A sessions, which you can book online in the RAHS Calendar of Events if you’d like to ask some questions. You can also download an article about the project published in History magazine.

Click on the images below to watch our YouTube resources.

About the artwork

Artist: Debra Beale, Gamilaraay/ Wonnarua and Boonwurung/Palawa/Yorta Yorta nations across Australia.

Title: Journey of Our Ancestors. © Debra Beale, Deboriginal

Synopsis: ‘My artwork represents a healing journey. It depicts a song line of the ancestors guiding us on our spiritual journey, connecting us back to family and community.’

For more information on Debra, view the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative website or contact D-Original@outlook.com.