Tracing your family roots in the Goldfields
One of the most common things people say when you mention Kalgoorlie or the Goldfields to them is “my uncle/grandad/auntie used to live there.”
Whether it’s recently or 100 years ago, it seems most Aussies have some connection to the Goldfields. The popularity of shows like Who Do You Think You Are and websites like Ancestry have meant people are more interested than ever in understanding their roots and tracing their family tree.
If you know you have a connection to the Goldfields, why not make the pilgrimage to Kalgoorlie Boulder and see what you can discover?
The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society is a volunteer-run organisation in Boulder, and they have a treasure trove of historical information. You can book time with one of their amazing team members and they will search through their databases to try and find information on your relative.
What do I need to provide?
If you want to get the team on the hunt for your ancestors’ story, you need to provide them with as much information as possible. But the most important starting points are listed below:
FOR ENQUIRIES REGARDING AN INDIVIDUAL:
Subjects Given Name
Period believed to have lived on Eastern Goldfields
Known locations on Eastern Goldfields
What archives have you already investigated?
- Postal Directories
- Births Deaths Marriages
- State Library WA
- City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Archives
- WA State Records Office Website
- National Archives of Australia
If you’re interested in tracing your own roots in the Goldfields, you can book some time with the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society directly by contacting them on 9093 3360 or email@example.com. They charge $20 per hour for the volunteer’s time.
If you want us to do the hard work for you, why not book a Historical Discovery package from the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre? This package includes your travel, accommodation, historical tours and a 2-hour session with the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society. For more information and bookings, please contact Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre on (08) 9021 1966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org