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Researcher Resources 

These fifteen short video tutorials will introduce you to popular research topics to get you started on your journey!

If you're using mobile, we recommend watching directly from our YouTube channel: How to use the PROV Website and Deep dive research.

Also, if you're interested in some tips on researching specific subject areas such as design history, Chinese petitions or queer history, check out some recordings of presentations delivered by archival historians on our Youtube Channel: 

How to create an account  (4:15 mins)

How to search and filter (1:50 mins)

How to order a record to view (2:31 mins)

 How to order copies (1:48 mins)

How to order via direct entry (1:54 minutes)

Order dashboard (2:27 mins)


 Researching correspondence records



Researching place (4:15 mins)

Introduction to crime research (2:07 mins)

Deep Dive: How to research the collection  (10:42 mins)

How to research crown grants (4:11 mins)

How to research pupil registers (3:16 mins)

How to research rate records (1:56 mins)

How to research divorce (2:57 mins)

How to research criminal trials (4:47 mins)

Map Warper ( a tool for locating maps and plans by contemporary location name)




A case study to assist researching individuals or family history 

A Case Study: Lucy Bell 

Lucy Sarah Bell’s story below is representative of many nineteenth-century women. A farmer’s wife, and mother to several children, Lucy did not lead a public life. We do not even have a photograph of her. Yet we can re-tell Lucy’s story because she, like other ordinary people, used and relied on the services of government. Read Lucy's story to help gain a better understanding of how to use public records to complete family history or research an individual. 

View on mobile by clicking here. 




Follow this link for online publications to assist you with specific areas of research including records we hold about Aboriginal Victorians. They can be read online or downloaded for your own convenience.

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples