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Local and Family History

The library offers resources, programs and staff to support local and family history research.

Online resources

Both libraries offer access to Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast to assist with family history research. Note that access is available in library only.

Access Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast


A Local and Family History Collection is available at Springvale Library for browsing. This collection is not for loan.

Family history magazines for loan include Ancestor, The Genealogist and Traces.

Access the online catalogue to find items to borrow

PC and microfiche reader

A dedicated family history PC and microfiche reader is available at Springvale Library giving access to:

  • Births, deaths and marriage records
  • 19th and 20th Century local newspapers
  • Additional historical resources.


Regular programs are held to support family history research.

See what's on in the libraries

Staff assistance

Staff are available to help with basic searches and use of the microfiche reader. More detailed local and family history support can be requested. Phone 1300 630 920 during opening hours for more information.

History and cultural heritage

A rich and diverse local history is protected and celebrated at Greater Dandenong.

Find out more about the History and Cultural Heritage of Greater Dandenong

Historical societies

Dandenong Historical Society

Dandenong Historical Society collects, documents, researches and preserves items that show the development of Dandenong and district from early settlement to the present day.

Contact details

1st Floor, 39 Clow Street, Dandenong

Phone 9794 8967


Opening hours are Wednesday 10am-3pm.

Springvale Historical Society

Springvale Historical Society collects and preserves the history of Springvale, Noble Park, Sandown Park, Noble Park North and Keysborough from 1834 to the present day.

Contact details

Springvale Community Hub, 5 Hillcrest Grove, Springvale

Phone 9548 2732


Opening hours are Thursday 1pm-4pm.