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Old postcard image from the 'Geelong, a city of beauty and progress' pamphlet held in Deakin's special collections. Postcard features the words Geelong, a city of beauty and progress with an image of a fountain near the Geelong waterfront.

August 31, 2023

Explore your family history: Genealogy research through ADPML

Did you know that August is Family History Month? While the month is almost over, it’s never a bad time to explore genealogy research – and our Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library (ADPML) collections could be a great place to start!  

Genealogy collections at ADPML  

The best starting point for searching ADPML is our genealogy collection guide: 

Local history collections  

Our Western Victoria collections will help you find out what everyday life might have been like for your family members when they were living in this area and sometimes you might even find your family members in them!  

Even more local collections can be found via the Geelong Regional Libraries Heritage Centre and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria ( 

You can also use Victorian Collections to find local community heritage organisations and more, including: 

Postcard image of Eastern Beach Pool in Geelong from the pamphlet Geelong, a city of beauty and progress in Deakin's Special Collections.

Brainstorm, record and adapt your search strategy 

The search process is iterative and there will never be one perfect combination of keywords and phrases for your topic. There are likely to be different strategies for different aspects of your topic. Keep adapting and exploring new combinations as you learn more about your topic from different sources. You can find search tips and record your search strategy using our search planner here: Search tips and planning | Library ( 

Additional search tips for archival research 

Start your search in Trove  

You can use this search strategy in Trove as this is a gateway to online library and archive collections all around Australia. You can add to your search strategy based on what you find and pick up archival clues that will help you know where to search next and what terms to use. 

Newspapers and Gazettes category in Trove ( includes many local and national newspapers from throughout Australia and some international sources particularly from the pacific region. The national newspapers seem to have more comprehensive coverage and are therefore a good source of more recent histories.  

Magazines and Newsletters category in Trove ( includes Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal annual report 2000-2019, Australian foreign affairs record 1973-1988, Current notes on international affairs 1936-1972 and and more! 

People and Organisations category in Trove ( could help you find biographical information. 

Websites category in Trove ( could help you find recent histories, including: Geelong CityGuide (2005) and Migration Heritage Toolkit (2002)

Postcard image of Moorabool Street in Geelong from the pamphlet Geelong, a city of beauty and progress in Deakin's Special Collections.

Find more recent newspapers beyond Trove 

In Google News Archives you can browse The Age and Sydney Morning Herald by date from around 1850–1980. 

You can also come and check out The Argus and Geelong Advertiser held in microfilm at the ADPML library. 

Visit us 

Our Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library (Special Collections) reading room is open most Tuesdays from 10am–4pm and is open by appointment on all other weekdays. 

We can also offer Zoom consultations with special collections material. Request an onsite or Zoom appointment via our online form.  

If you’re a current student or staff member at Deakin, you can access even more collections. 

If you’re not a current student or staff member, you can join the library as an alumni or community member. 

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