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Archives In Brief 68 - Online resources for the public

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Our website has three subsites:

» State Archives Collection - for people wanting to explore the State archives of New South Wales.

» Recordkeeping - for the New South Wales public sector.

» Government Records Repository - for our fee-based records storage service.

The State Archives Collection subsite is where you will find all the online resources which are featured in this AIB.

Identifying relevant State archives

The State Archives website provides access to our catalogue, guides, indexes and information leaflets as well as a keyword search facility that can assist you to identify various records and items relating to your field of research. All these options are available under the heading Research tools and tips.

Collection Search

The Collection Search link provides access to our most important search tools.

» Archives Investigator
Our online catalogue that provides information about what records are held as State archives and who created them. Archives Investigator also enables you to identify records by searching the functions and activities that they document.

» Collection Search Tool
A new way to search Archives Investigator.This tool aims to simplify searching Archives Investigator, making the search more like a 'Google' search. The Collection Search Tool does not search the online indexes, Photo Investigator or the whole website.

» Photo Investigator
Highlights some of the tens of thousands of photographic images from the late 19th Century to the present.

A number of record series have been indexed. They include indexes to the Colonial Secretary's Papers (1788-1825), convict records, divorce files, deceased estate records, insolvency files and immigration records.

Research guides and finding aids

Listed under Research tools and tips

» Subject guides
In-depth information on particular agencies and records series related to a particular area of research such as the guide to records relating to Aboriginal People, the guide to the Colonial Secretary Correspondence and the guide to Responsible Government.

» Short guides
Provide easy reference to relevant records on a particular topic such as land grant records and professions and occupations.

» Archives in Brief
Our information leaflets designed to give you a brief summary on popular research topics including some of the main records series and items relating to the topic.

Other search options

In addition to the search options available for searching Archives Investigator there are number of other search options that provide access to the States' archives.

KeyName Search is a powerful search tool to help you find individuals across many of our online indexes. You can perform multi-name searches and order from multiple indexes.

Site search option in the top right hand corner of the page allows for the following search options: Archives (searches Archives Investigator), Indexes (searches all the online indexes) and Photos (searches Photo Investigator).

Popular research topics is a subject listing of topics for the entire State Records' website.

Accessing a State archive

The Use the State archives section provides you with the options to:

Special interests

The website also provides resource options for people with specific or popular areas of research such as family historians, school teachers and students, Indigenous people and people in regional NSW.

Other online resources

Digital Gallery highlights online exhibitions on a variety of themes, including The Rocks, the bubonic plague and our first digitised and transcribed item, the Registry of Flash Men.

Activities Program allows you to book online for seminars and talks given at the Sydney Records Centre and the Western Sydney Records Centre.

Register of Access Directions details directions made by public office to open or close records to public access.

Newsletter: Now&Then is an electronic newsletter that provides information on new research tools and resources. You can subscribe and view past issues.

Magazine: Vital Signs is published twice a year and contains feature stories, profiles and the details of upcoming events.

Publications Catalogue highlights books, guides and CDs that are available for sale online and in our reading room.

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