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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The Family History Link  offers access to resources to help with tracing Indigenous family history. These include the online  Aboriginal Biographical Index (ABI), a family history information kit which includes 23+ printable fact sheets and a Brief Guide to Indigenous Family History Research. There are Online Collections which include the Koori Mail (1991-2011), Dawn and New Dawn magazines (1952-1975) plus other resources.

Remembering the Mission Days - Stories from the Aborigines' Inland Missions. This site by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies features the magazines published by the Aborigines Inland Mission of Australia (AIM): 
Our Aim - a monthly record of the Aborigines’ Inland Mission (September 1907 to May 1961, with gaps), records the activities of the Mission at many locations in New South Wales, and later Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Australian Evangel - (September 1929 to May 1961, with gaps), was produced for circulation to people on the missions.  It contains gospel messages and other features, with contributions by Aboriginal people and lists of births, deaths and marriages at the missions.

Infokoori. An index to the Koori Mail from May 1991 plus an index to biographical information from Our Aim (1907-1961), Dawn (1952-1969), New Dawn (1970-1975) and Identity (1971-1982). Digitised copies of the Our Aim (1907-1961), Koori Mail (1991-2011), Dawn and New Dawn magazines (1952-1975) are available on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies site. 

Mura Gadi. An online guide to manuscripts, pictures and oral histories relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders held in the National Library of Australia. There are online index searches, searches by region and links to digitised copies of the material if available. This site was archived on PANDORA in June 2012. Mura Gadi's records are now available on the National Library of Australia's Catalogue and in Trove. Updated

National Archives of Australia - Records About Indigenous Australians. This site details records held for the Northern Territory and Victoria plus details of government policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. There is a link to Publications and other resources about Indigenous Australians  which includes information on the Bringing Them Home name index (not online), links to online fact sheets, research guides, books and relevant websites. 

Australian Aboriginal Genealogy Resources by Paul Mackett provides access to extracts and transcripts from a wide range of publically available documents and records such as birth, death and marriage indexes, prison records and mission records.  

Indigenous Australians at War by Garth O'Connell. A site dedicated to Indigenous Australians who served in war and peacetime. Includes bibliography, roll of honour, photographs, links and more. 

Australia's War 1939-1945- 'All in'- Indigenous Service. This site by the Department of Veterans' Affairs looks at the role played by indigenous Australians in World War II.

New South Wales
Indigenous Communities brings together the many resources held by State Records New South Wales. These include Archives in Brief fact sheets, a Guide to NSW State archives relating to Aboriginal people,  plus online indexes to Aboriginal Colonial Court Cases (1788-1838) and Aboriginal People in the Register of Aboriginal Reserves (1875-1904) and links to other indexes that may be relevant.

Milton Ulladulla History Website. The  Aboriginal category includes resources and indexes for researching indigenous families from the South Coast of New South Wales.

Northern Territory
Researching your Aboriginal Family History at the Northern Territory Archives Service. This is one of several online information leaflets available. Other leaflets cover mission records, oral history and images. There is also a Guide to Archives Relating to Aboriginal People available.

Tracking Family: A Guide to Aboriginal Records Relating to the Northern Territory. This research guide is available as a free PDF file from the National Archives of Australia shop. Other guides are available to purchase.

State Library of Queensland - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history. This site has a getting started guide plus information on major resources held, including the Norman Tindale genealogical collection and Margaret Lawrie collection.  There is also information on the various types of records and links to other related Internet sites. Updated

Queensland State Archives. Online indexes include Colonial Secretary's Correspondence relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 1859-1903.

South Australia
State Records of South Australia Aboriginal Services offers information about access to the records held plus details of available publications such as the Aboriginal Resource Kit.

State Library of South Australia Aboriginal Family History Guide. 

Find Your Way Home with SA Link-Up aims to assist Indigenous people find connections to family and access reunification and other services. The guide Finding Your Own Way is available online (PDF) and it details existing records of South Australian children's homes and institutions. This site also details SA Link-Up's book Aboriginal Missions in South Australia which covers the history of the missions and the names of people who lived there.

LINC Tasmania. Brief Guide 18: Records relating to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. This guide has links to two other related guides (nos. 16 and 17). 

Public Record Office Victoria - Koorie Records Unit aims to highlight Aboriginal records within the PROV’s collection. There is a link to  Finding Your Story: A Resource Manual to the Records of the Stolen Generations in Victoria. This manual is available as a free download (PDF).

State Library of Victoria - Aboriginal people and family history research guide. Use the tabs at the top of this guide to navigate your way around. This guide covers Victorian and national resources as well as other states and territories.  

Western Australia
State Library of Western Australia - Indigenous Family History guide.

Looking West. A detailed guide to Aboriginal records in Western Australia, published by the Records Taskforce of Western Australia. This site has been archived in PANDORA.

Department of Indigenous Affairs (WA). The Aboriginal History Research Unit (AHRU) has a  Personal and Family History category plus there is other information of interest on this site. 
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