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The Family History Unit


Our services


The AIATSIS Family History Unit is funded to provide services to Link-Up staff only

While the Family History Unit is no longer able to complete a family history search for you, there are still some ways that we can assist you to find out about your mob.

Our website is a good starting point. The Family History kit will give you some tips for starting your search and contact details for other organisations that can help.

If you are a member of the Stolen Generations your nearest Link-Up office should be able to assist you. You can find their contact details here.

If you require assistance with Proof or Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage please see Fact sheet 12 and contact your local Aboriginal Land Council. Contact the Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098 to be put through to your local Land Council.

You may also find the contact details of a Land Council or other Indigenous community organizations by using the “Search for a corporation” box at www.oric.gov.au.

The AIATSIS Library can assist you with searches of the AIATSIS collections. For assistance with searching the AIATSIS catalogue or accessing an item in the collection please email library@aiatsis.gov.au .


About the Family History Unit

The AIATSIS Family History Unit (FHU) commenced in the late 1970s, beginning as the an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI), which provided a brief biographical entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people referred to, or depicted in, published and unpublished material held in the Institute’s collections.

You may also like to search the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI) for information on you family. You can read about the ABI or do some searching of your own. To search the ABI click here.


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You may also like to search the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI) for information on you family. You can read about the ABI or do some searching of your own.

The ABI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index) is a personal name index to published materials held in the AIATSIS Library see and is available online here. See Fact Sheet 8 for more information about the ABI. To search the ABI click here.