Wednesday, September 8, 2010

National Library of Australia eResources

Have you tried the National Libary of Australia's eResources?

Any resident of Australia can apply for a National Library Users Card. This will give you online access to many valuable resources, including many relevant to genealogical research such as British and Irish Newspaper collections.

Please watch this introductory video for more information.

You may also be interested to read Shauna Hicks blog post about using library eResources.


  1. I regularly use my NLA card to access their online resources and have found, in British papers, some juicy snippets about the ancestors.

    I also use my associated login to"favourite" books that I find on the NLA catalogue and need to use in my research. Then when I am planning my next trip to Canberra I consult my list of favourites from home and request or reserve those books I want to use on my library visit.

    When I arrive at the library the books are ready and waiting for me so I can use my precious time in Canberra doing actual research and not waiting for books to be delivered and retrieved from stack.

  2. Thanks Geniaus. That is a great tip about using the 'favourite' books to plan research in Canberra, and to remind you which books to reserve. I managed to get to the National Library a year ago. I took a huge list of possible books along with me. Unfortunately I should have reserved them beforehand and been a little better organised! My trip to the library was not a disappointment though, I had great success using their collection of newspapers on microfilm...and I can't wait for a few more regional newspapers to appear on Trove!
    The 19th Century British newspapers are certainly a fascinating resource. My most recent find through them was a report about the death of my 3 x great grandmother (Ellen ATKINSON nee CRISP). Her death certificate stated there had been an Inquest into the cause of her death. A search of the British newspapers online resulted in a report about the inquest. It is so useful to be able to access these newspapers, from the other side of the world, online from home!
    Thanks again for your comment.


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