Genealogy E-Resources

Your library card gives you free access to the family history research information, including Ancestry,,,, Documents Online, Times Digital Archives, British Newspapers 19th Century, Burney Collection Newspapers - 17th and 18th Century and British Newspapers Archive when used in library branches (including mobile library).

Ancestry (In-library use only)
This resource is also available to Murrindindi Shire members is the world's largest online family history resource Search more than 11 billion records from all around the world in the Library edition.
Use this database to answer questions such as:
  • Who was my mother’s great-grandmother?
  • Was my ancestor a convict?
  • When did my ancestor arrive in Australia? (In-library use only)
This resource is also available to Murrindindi Shire members
Millions of records cover Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. The collection includes: Cemetery records, Death records. Probate, land & court records, Migration records, Directories, Criminal reports, Electoral rolls, Almanacs, Military records and Government gazettes.
Use this database to answer questions such as:
  • Where did my ancestor live in New Zealand in 1853?
  • What was my ancestors occupation in rural NSW in 1898?
  • Where can I find living members of my family in the UK?
  • Where can I locate information on my UK ancestors who served in the World Wars?

Discovery - UK National Archives (Home Use)
This resource is also available to Murrindindi Shire Members
Search the public archives of the UK government containing over 1000 years of history with over 5% of its collection digitised. Download images of wills and probates, Army, Navy and Air Force records, Cabinet Records, pictures, photographs and more.
Use this database to answer questions such as:
  • Where can I view the World War 2 service record of my English relative?
  • Where can I view the will of my Royal Navy seaman ancestor in 1788?
Millions of pages of historical newspapers from the United Kingdom and Ireland are continually being added here.  Search articles by keyword, name, location, date or title. Search for your family's birth, marriage and death notices plus related announcements including engagements.  Read letters to the editor, obituaries, advertisements and more.
Please note: Researchers are asked to register for the first time, with an email address and password when using the BNA, and to sign in when they access the database each time.  Ideally this should be with a web based email such as gmail or hotmail, as you are accessing this in the library.  You will be able to save personal searches, bookmark articles and more. Login to access these at each visit and go to the "my research" tab. You will also be able to access your saved articles on your home computer.
Use this database to answer questions such as:
  • What Church were my Great Grandparents married in?
  • What was the business that my ancestor worked in like?
  • How was my ancestor involved in the life of his Village's community?
Trove is a valuable free resource for researchers, students and anyone with an interest in Australian history and it is constantly growing. It searches resources from its own holdings and those of other Australian institutions, including hundreds of newspaper titles and magazines, journals, books, articles, letters, archives, maps, photos, music, sound, video, websites and more.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library is part of the e-lending book program.  There is a growing lending e-library of over 200,000 books, including The Olympic Games, Melbourne, 1956 and Heidelberg : the city of streams, 1834-1934 centenary : its story. After creating an account you can browse or search a title and borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either your in-browser or as a PDF or ePub. Titles are mainly from the 20th Century and include fiction and non-fiction books for children through to adults.


NewsVault delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring the collection of UK Gale historical newspapers.  Search over 10 million digitized facsimile pages,  fully text searchable, view entire pages or individual articles and save, bookmark, e-mail and print results.Access the following collections via this single search platform or via their individual URLS. Access from home with your library card.


First gathered by Rev. Charles Burney (1757-1817), this is a large collection of 17th and 18th century English news including more than 1 million newspaper pages, newsbooks, Acts of Parliament, addresses, broadsides, pamphlets and proclamations.  It also includes English provincial, Irish and Scottish newspapers and papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia.


British Newspapers 1800-1900, contains over 50 national and local titles with over two million pages of searchable digitise content. This full-text, fully searchable digital archive currently includes papers originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.


19th Century UK Periodicals is a major multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of South Africa, the National Library of Australia, and many others.


The British Newspapers 1600-1950 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. Includes specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.


The Daily Mail has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. As well as providing access to the regular edition of this path-breaking newspaper, the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.


Liberty flourished when illustrated magazines were the most important form of mass entertainment. This was an era of unique creativity and growing involvement in world affairs. Middle class America became much more interested in world events and their impact on everyday life in America. This digital collection provides a unique opportunity to view Liberty and how it charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle class America through its three most significant decades.


Digital facsimile images are available for both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration. Advance searching options available.


The Picture Post Historical Archive contains every issue of the pioneering photojournalism newspaper. High-principled yet entertaining, and featuring a whole stable of extraordinarily talented photographers, Picture Post (1938-1957) was read by an estimated 80% of the British population at its peak. It is an essential resource for studying international social and political issues of the day, and how they were brought into popular consciousness.


The Economist Historical Archive ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. Containing every issue since its launch in 1843 and more than 600,000 pages, EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys. Altogether this is an unrivalled multidisciplinary primary source for researching and teaching the 19th and 20th centuries.


The Financial Times Historical Archive is the complete searchable facsimile run of the world's most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every article and advertisement ever printed in the paper, since it was first published in 1888, can be searched and browsed individually and page by page. This is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying public affairs, and economic and financial history of the last 120 years.


With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events - including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science. Containing over 260,000 full colour pages, fully searchable and browseable, the ILN Historical Archive 1842-2003 provides users with unprecedented access to the entire run of this unique historical record.


Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcasts, The Listener (1929-1991) was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC. The complete archive of this landmark publication is an essential witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century, and also to the golden years of radio and television.


Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's news and society at large. Murder, theatre, sport and politics - all collide in its pages in an abundance of glorious narrative detail. In more than 800,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.


Hailed as the world’s “newspaper of record”, “The Times” (London) is regarded as the most authoritative medium for political, legal, business and social news. More than eight million articles and advertisements covering more than 200 years are available to search or browse by issue date, story headline, subject and other key search words.


The complete online fully-searchable edition of the TLS from the first edition in 1902 onwards. This is the essential companion for studying and researching literary activity and critical opinion makers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 1902, the TLS has scrutinized, applauded and dissected the work of leading writers and thinkers, offering comprehensive coverage of the most important publications, in every subject, in several languages, as well as reviewing current theatre, cinema, music, and exhibitions.


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