Research A-Z

Browse the alphabetical list of research topics. This list includes guides, indexes and stories. Looking for the list of searchable indexes? Please visit the Online Indexes »
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W

A

Aboriginal People

We've listed resources to help you access archives relating to Aboriginal people.

Access Directions

Follow this quick link to the Register of Access Directions - a listing of records that are open or closed to public access under the State Records Act 1998. 

Access to the Records

This covers a variety of topics including information on open and closed periods and where copies of our records are held.

Adoption

see Care Leavers

Anzacs

The NSW Anzac Centenary website highlights records from the State archives relating to key events and historical themes associated with NSW and World War I.

Architecture and Design

Records from the Colonial (Government) Architect; photos of public buildings in NSW, hospital buildings records relating to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Archives in Brief

The online versions of Archives in Brief have been replaced by Research A-Z.

Archives Resources Kit (ARK)

The ARK is held by 40 community access points across NSW and consists of microfilm copies of our most popular and heavily used colonial records.

Assisted Immigrants

see Immigration and Shipping

Asylums

Inmate records for the Infirm and Destitute Asylums and where to find them

B

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Insolvency - inability to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities. Bankruptcy - similar but also involves the sequestration of a person's assets when they are unable to meet the demands of creditors.

BDMs

Please visit the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website for copies of birth, death and marriage certificates registered in NSW and NSW historical BDM indexes.

Blue Books

Statistical returns of the Colony of New South Wales.

Botanic Gardens

see Royal Botanic Gardens

Bushrangers

Business and Company Records

Registers of Firms, 1903-1922

C

Cafes and Restaurants

As the rail system expanded across the State during the 19th century the provision and availability of refreshments became an essential part of travelling by train.

Care Leavers

Records relating to orphans, foster care, adoption and other out-of-home care.

Cemeteries and Burials

At the first establishment of the colony for a long time no piece of ground was set apart for a Burial place.

Census and Musters

Population muster and census records, 1788-1901.

Child Care and Protection

Records and indexes relating to child care and protection; child / youth migration from the UK; Randwick Asylum; Scheyville Training Farm.

Citing and Publishing

Information on how to request permission to publish and how to cite records accurately.

Coat of Arms

see Heraldry

Colonial Secretary

The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of information on all aspects of the history of the Colony and the State of NSW.

Conditional Purchase

The Conditional Purchase scheme, also known as 'free selection before survey', ran from 1862 to 1951.

Conservation and Preservation

Conservation treatments and tips, including caring for your family photos

Convicts

How do you know if there was a convict in your family? Find out where to start your researchs

Copies of Archives

see Access to the Records

Copy Service

Most copy services are provided in-house. See the fees and guarantees on our copy services.

Copyright

Find out how copyright affects your use of State archives

Coronial Inquiries

see Inquests

Councils

see Local Government

Courts

Civil and criminal court records; Court of Claims; Quarter Sessions; Supreme Court.

Crew

In general there are few records relating to crew until 1854. Research into these records can often be difficult.

D

Digital Galleries

We are migrating our online galleries to the new Magazine section. Those still to be migrated may be accessed at gallery.records.nsw.gov.au

Digital Shipping Lists

Browse through digital shipping lists from 1828-1896

Divorce

Sources in our collection that relate to divorce and procedures for accessing Divorce Case Papers.

E

F

Family History

It is always easier to work from the present to the past when tracing your family history. Find out more in our Guide for Family Historians.

Fires and Fire Brigades

A brief overview of the major sources in our collection that relate to fires.

Foster Care

see Care Leavers

G

Gaols

Getting Started

Find out where to start your online research using the NSW State archives and how to prepare for a visit to the reading room.

Government Architect

see Architecture and Design

Government Asylums

see AsylumsHealth

Government Gazettes

see Government Publications

Governor

Guarantees of Service

see Services

H

Hospitals

I

Immigration and Shipping

Find the key records and indexes for passengers 1788-1922.

Indexes

Search for people and places across a variety of topics...

Infirm and Destitue Asylums

see Asylums

Inquests

Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of death, fires.

Insolvency

see Bankruptcy and Insolvency

J

K

L

Local History

We have number of resources to help you trace the history of a place (rather than focusing on individuals).

M

Maps and Plans

Government Architect, Surveyors, Land Grants, Crown Land, Conditional Purchase.

Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage

see Water BoardMaps and Plans

Mines

see Goldmining

Musters

see Census and Musters

N

Naturalization and Denization

Naturalization records are a good source of information for tracing details of an immigrant's arrival and native place. Our guide lists the key records in our collection relating to naturalization, 1834-1903.

O

P

Passenger Lists

see Immigration and Shipping

Pharmacists

see Chemists and Pharmacists

Photos

Photographic highlights in the collection.

Police Gazettes

see Government Publications

Population Statistics

see Census and Musters

Prisons and Prisoners

see Gaols

Public Buildings

see Architecture and Design

Public Halls

see Theatres and Public Halls

Publishing State Archives

see Citing and Publishing

Q

R

Railways and Railway Workers

Access railway records, including employment, locomotives, photos, plans.

Regional Archives Centres

A network of Regional Archives Centres, located in host institutions in Armidale, Broken Hill, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Wingecarribee and Wollongong provide access to State archives of regional significance and to copies of key State archives.

S

Schools

Education in NSW 1788-c.1979 plus the main records, indexes, photos, teachers.

Ships' Musters

Available at the Society of Australian Genealogists - this series (NRS 1289) lists both passengers and crew departing from Sydney.

Short Guides

The online versions of Short Guides have been replaced by Research A-Z.

Special Bundles

Special Bundles contain correspondence and papers on particular matters or subjects which because of their significance or the quantity of correspondence generated were usually extracted from an agency's main correspondence series and treated separately. 

State Wards

see Care Leavers

Stories

We are connecting related stories to our research guides. Read stories as you browse the guides and indexes or see all stories here.

Surveyors

see Surveyor General

T

Taronga Zoo

Tasmania

See also the LINC Tasmania (formerly Archives Office of Tasmania) website for the Tasmanian Names Index.

U

Unemployment

Search the Index to Unemployed in Sydney, 1866.

V

Van Diemen's Land

see Tasmania

Vessels Arriving

see Immigration and Shipping

W

Water Board

Detail Sheets created by the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board (MWS&DB) c.1904-1945 and how to access them.