Beginners guides

Australia and New Zealand Research Articles and Guides

https://www.findmypast.com.au/articles/articles-and-guides

FindMyPast has put together a collection of articles to help assist you in building your family tree, written by genealogy experts from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States.

Basic Recordkeeping (Basics of Family History Research Series)

https://wiki.rootsweb.com//wiki/index.php?title=Basic_Record-keeping

Learn how to make the most of traditional organisation methods in family history research and how to analyse your findings with this RootsWeb article.

Beginners First Steps

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/New_to_Genealogy_-_Beginners_First_Step

If you are a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, learn about planning your research and setting attainable goals as your genealogy experience grows, with this advice from FamilySearch.

Beginning Your Family History Research (National Archives of Australia)

https://www.naa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/fs-200-beginning-your-family-history-research.pdf

The information in this fact sheet will help you start researching your family history, and provides tips for visits to institutions like the National Archives of Australia, which hold relevant records.

Beginning Your Family History Research (State Library of NSW)

https://guides.sl.nsw.gov.au/births-deaths-marriages/beginning

Tips and strategies for researching births, deaths and marriages from the State Library of NSW.

Family History for Beginners

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_for_Beginners

Numerous articles are available on the FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history.

Family History Guide

https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/collections-and-research/guides-and-indexes/family-history-guide 

Advice on searching for individuals, with particular emphasis on the NSW State Records and Archives collection. The webpage includes a selection of free research worksheets for download.

Family History Webinars

https://www.nla.gov.au/research-guides/family-history/related-webinars

The National Library has numerous webinars relating to family history that are invaluable for exploring their collection and developing your research skills.

Getting Started

https://www.findmypast.com.au/blog/getting-started

These easy-to-follow beginner guides from FindMyPast and introductions to tracing your ancestry will help you take the first few steps on your family history journey.

How Do I Start My Family Tree

https://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/12/start-family-tree/

This Gould Genealogy article addresses the question of how to start a family tree, beginning with yourself and working backwards. 

Researching Your Indigenous Family History

https://www.indigenous.gov.au/contact-us/researching-your-family-history

This brief guide lists the basic steps in researching Indigenous family history and the institutions in Australia which store information and can help you with this search.