Central Coast History

Family History

Ruby Bassan, local  Red Cross nurse

Love to know more about your family's past?

Central Coast Library Service holds resources that can help start you off on a fascinating journey of discovery. Be warned - once you start, family history research is highly addictive!

Where is the collection located?

The Gosford Family History Collection is located on the Mezzanine Level of Gosford Branch Library, 118 Donnison Street, Gosford. You can access it via two short flights of stairs from the main ground level.

The Tuggerah Family History Collection and the Family and Local Studies Research Room are located at Tuggerah Library, Westfield Shopping Town, Tuggerah

What does the library hold?

Gosford and Tuggerah Libraries have free access to Ancestry.com and Find My Past. All branches of the Central Coast Library Service have free access to Find My Past.

The main emphasis of our collection is on New South Wales, with some Queensland and Victorian Immigration records. Please note that we do not hold overseas records, as other groups on the Central Coast specialise in these.

A large selection of family history books and guides are available for loan or reference use within the library.

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How do I access the collection?

Gosford Library - To access the collection, please phone 4304 7500 and book a time on the resource you require.   Bookings are taken for 1 hour sessions for microfilm and microfiche machines, beginning on the hour.

Tuggerah Library - The family history computers, microfiche and microfilm readers can be reserved for up to two hours, by telephoning (02) 4350 1560.

What if I need assistance or guidance?

Use of the collection is conducted on a learn-it-yourself basis, however, if you require assistance starting your research, or you have hit a brick wall, please contact us on 4350 1560 or email history@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Beginner’s sessions are held on a regular basis.

Gosford Library offers limited support and guidance for family history research. Please check the Libraries What's On page for details of upcoming sessions. 

Usually a library volunteer or staff member is available on Tuesdays. At other times, family history assistance is by prior appointment only. Please remember to phone 4304 7500 and book a resource.

The Wyong Family History Group  provides a volunteer at Tuggerah Library to assist with your family history research on the third Saturday morning of each month, except for December. There's no need to book - just come to Tuggerah Library between 9:00am and 12noon with your family history research questions.