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Family history request form

Community and Personal Histories was established to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with finding Queensland state government records about themselves and their families.

Community and Personal Histories research staff may be able to help you with establishing evidence of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent or heritage. However, Community and Personal Histories cannot provide you with a 'proof of Aboriginality' or 'proof of Torres Strait Islander heritage'. This fact sheet explains the steps involved in obtaining proof of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

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  1. Are you over the age of 18? *
  2. (If you chose 'No' above)

    Under the age of 18

    If you are under the age of 18 and need family history information, please ring our free call number 1800 650 230.

  3. Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or South Sea Islander, descent? * (If you chose 'Yes' above)
  4. (If you chose 'No' above)

    Access to records

    Community and Personal Histories provide access to records about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Department's custody while protecting the privacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are mentioned in the records.

    You do not need to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or South Sea Islander descent to request access to the Department's records.

    If you have a research query, please contact Community and Personal Histories research staff on free call number 1800 650 230.

  5. Did your ancestors live in Queensland? *
  6. (If you chose 'No' above)

    Queensland government records

    Community and Personal Histories can only help with access to Queensland government records.

  7. Were you traditionally adopted in Queensland? * (If you chose 'Yes' above)
  8. (If you chose 'Yes' above)

    Traditional adoptions

    Information about traditional Torres Strait Islander adoptions (which were not legally registered) will only be released if you already know who your biological parents are, and you have permission from them, or their adult next-of-kin.

    Information about the traditional adoption of other family members who are now deceased will only be released after consultation with the family and/or community elders.

    Call the Community and Personal Histories team on free call number 1800 650 230 for assistance.

  9. Were you legally adopted in Queensland? * (If you chose 'Yes' above)
  10. Have you received your identifying information from Adoption Services? * (If you chose 'Yes' above)
  11. (If you chose 'No' above)

    Legal adoptions

    If you are requesting information about your own legal adoption in Queensland you will need to provide Community and Personal Histories with a copy of your identifying information from Adoption Services Queensland.

  12. Details of direct family members
    • If you need help with this form, please call the Community and Personal Histories free call number 1800 650 230.
    1. Your identifying information
    2. Your details
      1. Your name
      2. Address
      3. Your details Please provide as much information as you can *
      4. * (If you chose 'Your date of birth' above)
      5. * (If you chose 'Your place of birth' above)
      6. Do you have any brothers and/or sisters? *
    3. Your mother's details
      1. Your mother's name
      2. Your mother's details Please provide as much information as you can *
      3. * (If you chose 'Mother date of birth' above)
      4. * (If you chose 'Mother place of birth' above)
      5. (If you chose 'Mother date of death' above)
    4. Your father's details
      1. Your father's name
      2. Your father's details Please provide as much information as you can *
      3. * (If you chose 'Father date of birth' above)
      4. * (If you chose 'Father place of birth' above)
      5. (If you chose 'Father date of death' above)
    5. Does your enquiry relate to a Native Title Claim? *
    6. If your request is related to a native title claim/s, please only tick the side/s of your family which specifically relates to the native title claim/s. You must lodge a separate family history request for non-native title family history information.

    7. Are you being represented by a private lawyer or a Native Title Representative Body for this claim? e.g. Queensland South Native Title Services - QSNTS, North Queensland Land Council - NQLC, Cape York Land Council - CYLC (If you chose 'Yes' above) *
    8. Details of private lawyer or a Native Title Representative Body (If you chose 'Yes' above)
    9. Do you know who your apical ancestor/s are for this claim/s? e.g. through which ancestor/s do you connect to this claim. *
    10. Do you need the information by a specific date? *
    11. Request family history
      1. I would like to request my family history on *
    12. (If you chose 'Father side' above)
      1. Your father's mother
        1. *
      2. Details of your father's mother Please provide as much information as you can
      3. (If you chose 'Father mother date of birth' above)
      4. (If you chose 'Father mother place of birth' above)
      5. (If you chose 'Father mother date of death' above)
      6. Your father's father
        1. *
      7. Details of your father's father Please provide as much information as you can
      8. (If you chose 'Father father date of birth' above)
      9. (If you chose 'Father father place of birth' above)
      10. (If you chose 'Father father date of death' above)
      11. If known, add details for
      12. (If you chose 'Your great-grandparents' above)
        1. Your grandmother's mother
        2. Details of your grandmother's mother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother date of death' above)
        6. Your grandmother's father
        7. Details of your grandmother's father Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Grandmother father date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Grandmother father place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Grandmother father date of death' above)
        1. Your grandfather's mother
        2. Details of your grandfather's mother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother date of death' above)
        6. Your grandfather's father
        7. Details of your grandfather's father Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Grandfather father date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Grandfather father place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Grandfather father date of death' above)
      13. (If you chose 'Your great-great-grandparents' above)
        1. Your great-great-grandmother
        2. Details of your great-great-grandmother. Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of death' above)
        6. Your great-great-grandfather
        7. Details of your great-great-grandfather Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather date of death' above)
        1. Your great-great-grandmother
        2. Details of your great-great-grandmother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of death' above)
        6. Your great-great-grandfather
        7. Details of your great-great-grandfather Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather date of death' above)
    13. (If you chose 'Mother side' above)
      1. Your mother's mother
        1. *
      2. Details of your mother's mother Please provide as much information as you can
      3. (If you chose 'Mother mother date of birth' above)
      4. (If you chose 'Mother mother place of birth' above)
      5. (If you chose 'Mother mother date of death' above)
      6. Your mother's father
        1. *
      7. Details of your mother's father Please provide as much information as you can
      8. (If you chose 'Mother father date of birth' above)
      9. (If you chose 'Mother father place of birth' above)
      10. (If you chose 'Mother father date of death' above)
      11. If known, add details for
      12. (If you chose 'Your great-grandparents' above)
        1. Your grandmother's mother
        2. Details of your grandmother's mother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Grandmother mother date of death' above)
        6. Your grandmother's father
        7. Details of your grandmother's father Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Grandmother father date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Grandmother father place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Grandmother father date of death' above)
        1. Your grandfather's mother
        2. Details of your grandfather's mother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Grandfather mother date of death' above)
        6. Your grandfather's father
        7. Details of your grandfather's father Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Grandfather father date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Grandfather father place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Grandfather father date of death' above)
      13. (If you chose 'Your great-great-grandparents' above)
        1. Your great-great-grandmother
        2. Details of your great-great-grandmother. Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of death' above)
        6. Your great-great-grandfather
        7. Details of your great-great-grandfather Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Great-great grandfather date of death' above)
        1. Your great-great-grandmother
        2. Details of your great-great-grandmother Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandmother date of death' above)
        6. Your great-great-grandfather
        7. Details of your great-great-grandfather Please provide as much information as you can
        8. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather date of birth' above)
        9. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather place of birth' above)
        10. (If you chose 'Great-great-grandfather date of death' above)
    14. Extended family members
      1. Would you like to request family history for extended family members? *
      2. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Yes' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
      3. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Add another extended family member' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
      4. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Add another extended family member' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
      5. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Add another extended family member' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
      6. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Add another extended family member' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
      7. Extended family member's details (If you chose 'Add another extended family member' above)
        1. Name
        2. Family member's details Please provide as much information as you can
        3. (If you chose 'Family member date of birth' above)
        4. (If you chose 'Family member place of birth' above)
        5. (If you chose 'Family member date of death' above)
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Last updated:
10 February 2015
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