Family History

Check the Library catalogue for a range of resources to assist you in uncovering your family history, including:

  • researching and/or writing your family history 
  • shipping lists
  • convict lists
  • pioneer registers
  • births, deaths and marriages indices
  • electoral rolls
  • early telephone directories
  • census records
  • cemetery transcripts
  • historical local newspapers

Get started with our list of  Family and Local History Indexes, Directories, Newspapers at Chatswood Library or browse our Gore Hill Cemetery graves and plaques indexes.

The following resources are also useful for family history research, try searching them at home or visit your local Willoughby Library branch: 

For a limited time, library members can access Ancestry® Library Edition remotely from home:

  • Log in to the library catalogue with your Willoughby Library membership details
  • Once logged in, you will be directed to the user dashboard, from here click Home on the top left to return to the main page
  • On the right hand side, under Digital Collections, is a link to Ancestry
  • This link is only available while you are logged in, and is available until 31 December 2021.