Local and family history

Local and family history
Historical photo of a family
Our libraries help make researching your family history easy, providing access to free material to help trace your family tree. Also includes our Watson Anzac website, commemorating the ANZAC Centenary. Local Family History canterbury bankstown watson anzac centenary world war 1 one Our libraries help make researching your family history easy, providing access to free material to help trace your family tree. Also includes our Watson Anzac website, commemorating the ANZAC Centenary. Local History; Library Services

​​Historical photo of a family

​​Need help with starting your family tree? Are you stumped with locating an elusive ancestor? Our Libraries can help! We will take you through our records and advise on potential sources of information.

Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre has research material to guide beginners and experienced people to trace their family tree. There is no charge to use the Family History Collection.

Family history collection

We have research material to guide beginners to trace their family tree as well as the more experienced. There are over 4,000 books, 20,000 microfiche, 700 microfilms and 200 CD-ROMs to help budding and experienced family historians including various kinds of records and archives.


These special research collections include information on our history and geography. The collection is housed in the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre and is available for use in the library only. Our staff at the Reference desk can provide assistance with using the collection, but they can't do the work for you!

Remember Canterbury-Bankstown

'Remember Canterbury-Bankstown' is an interactive photograph database, presenting a large collection of historical images. The online database features a sophisticated search engine, intuitive arrangement of topics and subjects, and a mobile-friendly design.

To access 'Remember Canterbury-Bankstown', click on the link below.​

Remember Canterbury-Bankstown

Ancestry Library Edition


Ancestry Library Edition has granted free remote access.

 Follow the instructions below:

1. Go to the Online Catalogue.

2. Click "My Account" on the green left-hand menu.

3. Log in with your Library card number and date of birth (DDMMYY).

4. Once logged in, a link to Ancestry.com will appear at the bottom of the green left-hand menu. Click on this to gain access to Ancestry.com.


Trace your British or Irish family history with millions of records covering the UK, Australia and New Zealand, including travel and migration records, military records and newspapers.

Get Started

Get full free access by visiting any of our libraries – log in to one of the library computers, or use your own device when connected to CBCity Public Wifi.

State ​Record Webinars​

NSW State Records offers a range of free webinars for you to view at your convenience. Each webinar is 1 hour in duration.

Webinars include: Early convict indents', 'School records', Tracing people by place' and many more. To access the webinars please click on the link below

State record ​Webinars


There are three cemeteries and one transferred memorial garden in former City of Canterbury LGA. These include Moorefields Methodist Cemetery, Kingsgrove, St Barnabas Memorial Garden, Punchbowl, St Saviour's, Church of England Cemetery, Punchbowl, and St Paul's Church of England Cemetery, Canterbury.

Canterbury City Cemeteries Online

Image of a poppy flowerWatson Anzac website

As part of the ANZAC Centenary (2014-2018), the Watson Anzac website was established to reflect on local stories relating to World War 1. It also aims to encourage all members of our community to reflect upon and learn more about our local military history, WW1 Australian Soldiersits costs and its impacts on our community and nation. The website provides online access to a comprehensive range of existing local resources and materials.

The site was created by City of Canterbury Bankstown with the assistance of Federal Member for Watson, Tony Burke, under the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.


Local and Family History Drop-In sessions

This program is not currently running due to COVID restrictions. Phone enquiries are welcome. 

We hold Local and Family History Drop-In sessions, where residents are invited to come in for a more casual discussion about their local area and building their family tree. No bookings required.

  • Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre
    Fourth Friday of every month
    10am -1pm
  • Campsie Library and Knowledge Centre
    First Tuesday of every month
    10am – 1pm

For more information, or to book in for a Discover Your Family Tree workshop, call 9707 9728.


Looking for a speaker for your local club, group, school or nursing home?

Contact the Local and Family History staff who are available to present a range of talks on different topics related to the local area and family history.

​Call 9707 9728 for further information or to discuss a presentation.


Have a question regarding local or family History? Please complete our online enquiry form.

Or, for more information, please contact our Local and Family History Librarian on 9707 9728.