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Local & Family History


Visit the Local & Family History page at our new website here.

Cultural Sensitivity Notice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the links to family history websites may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

All users of these websites should also be aware that the material may contain words, terms, or descriptions that reflect the author’s/creator’s attitude of that time, but may be culturally sensitive and considered offensive today. The information is provided in an historical context for the purposes of family history research and these views are not necessarily the views of Big Sky Libraries.

Big Sky Libraries have resources for beginners and experienced family history researchers. Resources include books, microfilm/microfiche, Birth, Death and Marriage indexes, cemetery indexes, electoral rolls, immigration and shipping records. Staff can also refer you to suitable material, websites, online resources and local genealogy groups.

ASK A LIBRARIAN – contact your local branch for research assistance

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The original Bore Baths Building, demolished to make way for the present structure, about 1913.

Websites for Genealogy Research

The following links may assist you in finding your family history, but keep in mind that some sites require a fee to access their digitised materials.


Australian Resources

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

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International Resources




Start searching Trove now to find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more!

Other Resources

State Library of New South Wales Research Guides

State Library of New South Wales has Research Guides for a range family history topics, including: Aboriginal Australians family history; Births, deaths and marriages; Convicts: Bound for Australia; Convicts: Life in the colony; and Shipping and Passenger Records. Click the icon and select Family History and to find the guides.



Everyone has history to share: whether it’s sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories.

Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.

To learn more about Historypin, visit


The Moree Community Library is dedicated to collecting and preserving items relating to the history and heritage of the Moree region.  Your memorabilia or information relating to the history of Moree and district could be a welcome addition to the Moree Community Library’s Local History Collection.  Please contact us if you are willing to donate or have copies made of your material.

The Moree Community Library is also keen to develop a Local History Moree Photo Collection. If you have photographs of the Moree region that you think might be suitable for the Local History Moree Photo collection we would love to hear from you.

Donation of original photographs is preferred; however we can also accept temporary loans of photographs to allow us to digitise them and then return them to you. Please contact the Library on 02 6757 3374 for more information.

Moree Library Opening – August 10th, 1956: The opening was attended by a large gathering representing the contributing Councils, churches, schools and public.

Books for Sale

Local History Books For Sale – Moree

Moree Women Past & Present 1850 to 2008 Compiled by the Moree Plains Shire Council Community Development Section


Yilaalu Long Ago Wayback Moree and District Historical Society


Moree’s ANZACS Research and produced by members of Gwydir Family History Society


Goyourangs! By Noeline Briggs-Smith



Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. To access, visit your nearest Big Sky Libraries branch and book a computer, or connect to the free WiFi, to start searching. Or find out how to access from home, for a limited time, by clicking here.