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Family History

Orange City Library has entered into a partnership with the Orange Family History Group and their combined resources which are held in the Library are a treasure trove for people interested in tracing their ancestors.

Resources are available in a range of formats including CD-ROM, microfiche, microfilm, books maps and the Internet. Information available includes:

  • Births/deaths/marriage records
  • Convict records
  • Passenger and shipping records
  • Census information and electoral rolls
  • Newspapers
  • Telephone and other directories
  • Cemetery transcripts
  • Handbooks and guides
  • Family History newsletters
  • Online databases including Ancestry.com and Find My Past


Volunteers from the Orange Family History Group are available at the Orange City Library from 10.30am – 3.00 pm each Friday to help people with their research.

If you would like to make a booking to use the CD-ROM or microfilm equipment, or make any general enquiries, please phone the Library on 6393 8132 or contact the Family History Group on familyhistory@orange.nsw.gov.au

An excellent collection is also maintained at the Blayney Library in conjunction with the Blayney Shire Local and Family History Group. Members of the y Group are available to assist with research on request.

The Cowra Family History Group has a separate Library in the Cowra Library building. Enquiries should be directed to the group.

Forbes Family History Group has a seperate research room and library at the rear of the Forbes Library building with entry from Harold Street. Enquiries should be directed to the Group.