Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


Maps will help you locate the places where your ancestors lived and give you context for the records you are using. Maps can identify political boundaries, place names, parishes, geographical features, cemeteries, churches and migration. Historical maps are especially useful for understanding boundary changes or finding communities that no longer exist.

Our new edition of Family History for Beginners and Beyond has an excellent chapter on Australian land records, listing resources for each state and territory with a list of websites, books and general explanation of terminology.

Each state Library has its own online research guide and collection of Maps. Each state and territory has its own land department with different ways of looking up records.

The National Library has a collection of 1 million maps from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form. All online maps are freely available to download in high resolution.

To learn more about mapping at the National Library attend the HAGSOC zoom seminar 1014, being held on Saturday 21st November at 2pm presented by Quentin Slade

Place is one of the three cornerstones of family history research (along with name and date). This seminar will help you locate the places named in historic sources like newspapers and government gazettes which you are likely to find for your family. It will use a real life 'place-problem' to work through a schematic approach for using online maps to locate them. Quentin Slade has worked in the Maps Section at the National Library of Australia for over 10 years. She will cover maps such as pastoral or squatting, parish and county, and real estate or sales. She will demonstrate how to find the many historic maps of Australia to be found though the NLA catalogue and the NSW government sites. There will be time for specific questions on the day.

Click to register for Finding the finding maps you want at the NLA.