Family history & genealogy

Kempsey Library has a computer set up in the Reference Room that is dedicated solely for genealogy use.

Group of people watching demonstration of computer

It may be used for family history searches, and for accessing early Australian records and other records from the late 1700's to the early - mid 1900's. You can also search for Births, Deaths and Marriages information and conduct general internet searching.

The computer is also connected to a Canon Microfilm Scanner 350II which lets the user view, print and save (as a picture) and document what they need from our collection of microfilm and microfiche.

Following are some resources to get you started on your way to finding family history and other records.

Family history resources

Kempsey Family History Group

A small group but growing! Run by passionate volunteers and enthusiasts interested in all aspects of family history research, especially in the local area.

At the moment they are  gathering information to begin a local pioneer register. A very big job!

Visit the group's website at 

The Kempsey Family History Group will continue to meet at the Kempsey Library in 2018, 10:15am to 12 noon on the third Thursday of each month.

Kempsey Family History Group poster

2018 meetings

  • Thursday 15 February
  • Thursday 15 March
  • Thursday 19 April
  • Thursday 17 May
  • Thursday 21 June
  • Thursday 19 July
  • Thursday 16 August
  • Thursday 20 September
  • Thursday 18 October
  • Thursday 15 November

Add your family to the register

Use the forms below to add your family to the register.

Become a member

To become a member please contact the Kempsey Family History Group:

The cost to join is $30 single, $50 couple/family.

Irish Family records

The Irish Family records include land and estate records, Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, directories containing millions of records, military and rebellion records, migration records and wills dating back to the 13th century.

Access to this information through the website is only available by logging on to any of the Library’s public access computers. These records complement those already available, free of charge in the library, through the website.

National Library of Australia

The National Libraries web page for genealogy has many links to state and national indexes. National and International mailing lists, State archives, Indigenous records, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Cemeteries, Immigration, Military Services and many more links.

Genealogy Links Australia

A site that is very simple, and has a multitude of links to all aspects of genealogy whether it is on a local, state and national level.

Genealogy Search Australia

Genealogy Search Australia is a free, non commercial family history and genealogy site for the amateur or professional genealogist. Their objective is to provide researchers with the best family history and genealogy web sites.

Australian Family History Directory

Exactly as the site is described a quick list of some of the larger genealogy groups around. This includes both the government and non-government sectors. Also has a nice section of maps to choose from.

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial has online databases of war records for you to search family service history. Very easy and simple way to find the service history of loved ones, in war and peace times.

Ancestry library

Kempsey Shire Library subscribes to - an online genealogy research service that can be accessed at Kempsey, South West Rocks and Stuarts Point libraries.

Please note that our subscription service is accessible on library computers only, and that only one user at a time is permitted under the licensing arrangements. Please see staff for assistance. 

If you are in one of our Shire libraries you can access the service at: