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The Family History Book

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The Family History Book


How to find and research your ancestors in Australia

Do you wonder if that family legend your grandparents told was true? Do you have a convict ancestor you want to know more about? Or have you never known much about your family and would like to find out more?

The Family History Book takes you through the first steps of researching and building a family tree, finding records of births, deaths and marriages, looking up newspaper archives and probate records, researching immigration and shipping, seeking out convicts, looking up military files, as well as discovering your story through DNA testing. Whether you’re just beginning or have already made a start, this book guides you through all the places you can learn about genealogy in Australia.

Filled with tools, tips and tricks, Cassie and Shaun Gilmartin share everything you need to unlock the story of your past.

About the author

Cassie Gilmartin has 20 years experience writing and editing family history, including eight years as the publisher and editor of the award-winning magazine, Inside History. She is co-host and producer of the Portrait Detective podcast in collaboration with the State Library of New South Wales.

Shaun Gilmartin has specialised in history and science programming as a TV executive producer and writer for the past two decades. It has taken him all these years to discover more about his father, who died when he was two.

Cassie Gilmartin, Shaun Gilmartin
Published October 2024
272 pages
210mm x 135mm
ISBN 9781742237824

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