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Information about getting started with your research; paying us a visit and how to pre-order records; purchase photocopies of records through our copy service; and where to access the State archives around NSW.
Getting started
Handy links, tips and information to help you get started with your research. Find out how to apply for a reader's ticket to view original records; plan your visit; how to correctly cite and publish; download family history worksheets; FAQs and much more.
Pre-order records
Get the most research out of your day by pre-ordering records in advance of your visit. Fill in the online form (at least 2 working days ahead of your visit) and the records will be waiting for you to view when you arrive at the reading room in Western Sydney.
Publishing, citing and copyright
If you are considering publishing, reproducing, printing, displaying, distributing or transmitting State archives to other people you need to ask for permission to use State archives. Find out how to correctly cite archives, copyright information and a 'Request to use State archives' permission form.
Special arrangements
Some records require conservation before they can be issued.
What you won't find @ State Records
We hold the records of the New South Wales government from 1788. While we do have a large selection of archives there are a number of records that we do not hold. We have listed these below and, where possible, included contact information for the relevant government agency.