Family History Research

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The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) has a range of collections for tracing ancestors and family history.

Family history researchers can use the Bendigo and other Districts Rates Books (listing names, addresses and sometimes occupations of residents from as early as 1856).

See BRAC Records Lists for complete listings of the records available at BRAC.

The Bendigo and Districts Court Records dating from 1858 are useful for tracing ancestors and local happenings.  Email to ask about court records relating to children sent to industrial schools as well as registers listing licensees, insolvencies and divorces.

You can also search for an Ancestor in 'Petitions of the People' with 284 petitions online dating 1870-1899. Search lists with 14,240 names to see if an ancestor of yours signed a petition and listed their address and occupation.

Search online to find an ancestor, an address or an occupation in the Online Bendigo Historic Rates Index. You can search from 1856 through to 1903.  The online index lists the following columns from the original Bendigo Rates Books - Owner Name, Ratepayer (Occupier) Name, Year, Address, Occupation, Rate number, Council Name or Subdivision. You can search the Online Historic Rates Index here  Click here Historic Rates User Guide for instructions and tips when using the online index.

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre holds the original Bendigo Rates books 1856-1958. There are later Rates records from 1971-1992. These can be ordered online and viewed in the Reading Room, 1st floor, Bendigo Library.

Other Resources

The Goldfields Research Centre is on the first floor of the Bendigo Library and has many other resources which can assist in your local and family history research.

The Bendigo Advertiser has been digitised from 1854 – 1918 and is available through TROVE 

The State Library of Victoria also holds resources on the history of Bendigo

The Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) has State records relating to the Bendigo area including Education and Industrial School records

More assistance is available through BRAC or the Goldfields Research Centre (GRC) located on the first floor of the Bendigo Library.