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Who’s hiding in your family tree?

Unlock the secrets of your past at your local library. Discover what mysteries are hidden in old family photographs or learn the secrets held by mouldy old documents, long forgotten by family members.

Clarence Valley libraries can help people discover who they are through popular family history eResources, Library Edition and Findmypast.

These eResources provide millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. They include: cemetery records; death records; probate, court records; migration records; directories; criminal reports; electoral rolls; almanacs; military records, and; government gazettes.

Regional librarian Kathryn Breward said the great variety of records satisfied the family history buff as well as the social and local historian.

“They are a great start to tracing your family history,” she said.

Clarence Valley residents can use Library Edition and Findmypast to find social, biographical and historical information, that provides a background to the records and helps them gain a deeper understanding of how their family lived.

August is National Family History Month and Clarence Valley libraries have these two excellent eResources to help people get started on their genealogical journey. Library Edition and Findmypast are two eResources the library has available to help people search their family origins. They are available to use free of charge at all Clarence Valley libraries, and the mobile library. As well, the National Library of Australia’s TROVE website is available free on the internet. All are excellent resources for anyone interested in family history research.

To book your place visit or phone your closest branch or see details on the Clarence Regional Library website at .