Genealogy Tips · Victoria

Thursday’s Tips – Public Record Office Victoria

So far in this series I have covered

Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria


Other Newspapers for Australia

Family Search

Cemetery records

Military Records

The next site I search for information on families in Victoria is the Pubic Record Office Victoria (PROV) website.

The collections I use the most are the Probate and Administration Files and Wills, since up to 1990 these provide the date of death, and up to about 1925, there are images of the probate files and wills available on the website.  I use this collection to check the date of death against the date of death from death notices and cemetery records.

The website has a collection search that searches all the collections that have been indexed, so I am able to find any other records that the PROV has for the person I am researching.  So far the collections I have found include Teacher Records, Inquest Deposition Files, Land Selection Files and Immigration Indexes.  Most of these records are only available by ordering the record and then viewing it at one of the reading rooms (there are reading rooms in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and North Melbourne).  There is a research service available if you can’t get to one of the reading rooms.  The Inquest Deposition Files up to about 1925 are available to view on the website, and Ancestry has many of the images of the passenger lists.