Family History 

Goodall family of 74 Angove Street North Perth, 1950s (COV PHO6402)

Explore your family history through online resources and in person assistance at the Local History Centre.  

We can help you navigate a range of resources to discover more about your family's past.  

Check out our events page for upcoming workshops and talks on family history.  

Contact the Local History Centre on 9273 6534 or email

Write Your Own Life Story

Ever thought about writing down all those memories of your life? The City of Vincent Library and History Centre has created a workbook with step-by-step guidance to help get you started.

A physical copy of the workbook is available for purchase at the library. A digital copy can be purchased online through the link below.

My Life Story Digital Workbook

Family History Resources

Ancestry (Library Edition)  Access  the world's largest collection of online family history records from archives in Australia and around the world.  Ancestry Library Edition is available FREE on the public computers in the Vincent Library and Local History Centre.  

Family Search  Family history resources provided by the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints

FamilyHistoryWA The largest genealogy society in Western Australia assisting members to research their family history. 

National Archives of Australia  A rich source of information for family historians which includes migration and defence records.

Australian War Memorial  The collection contains a wealth of material on the wartime experiences of men and women who served in Australia's military forces. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission  Provides access to a database of where Commonwealth service men and women  from WWII are buried or commemorated. 

TROVE (National Library of Australia)   Collection sourced from Trove Partners all around the country include digitised newspapers, photographs, letters and diaries that contain a wealth of knowledge about Australia’s past and are a rich source of information for genealogists. 

WA Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages  The online search tool allows search by name for Western Australian registered births (1841-1921); deaths (1841-1991) and marriages (1841-1946). 

State Library of Western Australia Family History Resources  Resources provided by the State Library to enable researchers to trace family history. 

Free BMD  Civil registration records of births, deaths and marriages for England and wales 1837-

Genuki: UK and Ireland  Virtual reference library of genealogical information relevant to the UK and Ireland.  

Find a Grave World's largest collection of cemeteries and grave records from around the world.