“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiralling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.”

Shirley Abbott

Family History

Who do you think you are? Are you interested in Family History? Not sure where to start? The library provides a Family History Research collection housed at Springwood Library. You will find specialised resources in a variety of formats and the necessary equipment to access them including modern microfiche and microfilm readers and printers, various databases of births, deaths and marriages as well as cemetery and shipping records on CD-ROM and a dedicated Family History Internet research computers.

Volunteer assistance is provided by the Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc at Springwood Library on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteers may also be there on other days. There is a volunteer on duty at Katoomba Library on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (bookings are advisable).

The library also subscribes to a number of online resources on your behalf. Access to these electronic resources is available within any of our branches. Just ask the librarian for details.


In library access only,
Ancestry Library Edition provides you with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. It includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
To get the most out of Ancestry Library Edition visit this guide.
In library access only.
While you are within any of the library branches, you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds. To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service. All the articles you view will be kept in your My Research area – it’s your personal area in which to store and organise your favourite articles.
In library access only. Find My Past World edition: Find your past using family history records. Search 1.8 billion records from over 120 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, United States, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
In library access only The New South Wales Family History Document Service's Internet History Resources provide you with images of historical documents which contain information which can help you trace people who lived and worked in New South Wales during the period 1850 - 1920. These records complement and build on information you can obtain from the Pioneers and Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes and the Genealogical Research Kit. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It is more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build. It gives you access to digitised newspapers, journals, images, letters, diaries, maps and more. It will also help you locate books held in Australian libraries