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Australia - National

Australia - National

Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications

This talk explores an underutilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.

Lutheran Archives

Library Charges
  • $15 per half day ($10 pensioners & students)
Research Costs
  • $15 per half day ($10 pensioners & students); $60 per hour for research by Archives staff
Open Hours
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm (Closed Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays)
Approximate Membership
  • 350
Membership Cost
  • $25 ($15 pensioners)
  • Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives, annual, $14 ($16 posted)
  • FoLA News, quarterly

The Lutheran Archives is the official repository of historical material relating to the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). As well as holding records of the present LCA, it holds records of the earlier Lutheran Churches in Australia which in time amalgamated to form the present Lutheran Church of Australia.

Family History Research:

We have a large collection of Parish Registers from all over Australia. They contain information on births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths and burials of people who were associated with the Lutheran Church.


Friends of Lutheran Archives (FoLA)

Australian Federation of Cemetery friends inc.

  • 2008

The Federation assists the formation and provides on-going advice to Friends of Cemetery groups throughout Australia, similar to the format of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends in the United Kingdom.

Find My Past Australasia

Membership Cost
  • $59.95 per annum
  • Monthly newsletter

Findmypast.com.au is a family history and genealogy website with over 50 million records, and is continually growing. Covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, the vast records cover everything from family history records to social, government and general history. This great variety of records satisfies the family history buff as well as the social and local historian alike. This great variety of records is set to double in 2012. 

The Australasian collection includes:


Ryerson Index

This presentation showcases the Ryerson Index: a fantastic resource for family historians of death notices, mainly contemporary, published in Australian newspapers.

Friendly Societies and family history

Friendly societies were mutual aid organisations designed to help people protect themselves against hardship. Subsidised health care was only one of the services offered by Friendly Societies to our ancestors and the Friendly Societies played an integral part in many of our ancestors’ daily educational and social world.

Ancestry.com: What does it offer?

An overview of the historic records available on Ancestry for Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland with a brief peek at what is starting to come online for German research.

TheGenealogist.co.uk: What's the difference?

Apart from the English and Welsh census and BDM records, TheGenealogist.co.uk has many unique records to offer - official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls and more. As well, it has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls.

Online newspapers: Finding out what happened in the "dash"

Many sources can give us at least the basics of birth and death - newspapers can give much to add to the gap between, the real life of the person. Now that digital versions are available finding that information is so much easier - Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and more.

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