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FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES IN AUSTRALIA
   
 
   
   
   
  NATIONAL
   
  Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations
  Umbrella organisation for family history societies in Australia and New Zealand.
   
  Descendants of Convicts Group
  This society caters for those who have a convict forebear who had been transported to an Australian colony between 1788 and 1868 and anyone having a special interest in convicts. It has several publications relating to convicts including a CD containing an index to convict movements between 1827 and 1853 - see their web site for details.
   
   
   
  CAPITAL TERRITORY
   
  The Heraldry & Genealogical Society of Canberra
  Holds all available Birth, Death and Marriage indexes of the Australian States plus a substantial collection of Australian cemetery records, monumental inscriptions and parish records. Its specialist interest groups include ones on East Anglia, London and the North of England.

   
   
  NEW SOUTH WALES
   
  Armidale Family History Group
  Society's web site contains a substantial list of members' interests, many of them relating to English and Welsh ancestors.
   
  Bathurst Family History Group
  Society's web site contains a full index to all legible headstones at Bathurst Cemetery plus a comprehensive list of members interests (in downloadable PDF format). Bathurst is the oldest inland city in Australia.
   
  Bega Valley Genealogical Society
  Society's web site contains a comprehensive list of holdings.
   
  Berrima District Historical & Family History Society
  Contact details held.
   
  Blue Mountains Family History Society
  Society's website contains a members' interests list, many with family interests in UK ( most have email addresses of the contributors) plus a comprehensive list of holdings.
   
  Botany Bay Family History Society
  Society's web site includes an extensive members' interests register with email addresses for many of the contributors.
   
  Campbelltown District Family History Society
  In addition to maintaining a members' interests register, the society's web site also provides a visitors interest register.
   
  Cape Banks Family History Society
  The society provides a fee based research service and welcomes enquiries from the UK. Its web site contains a comprehensive index to its microfiche, microfilm and CD holdings.
   
  Central Coast Family History Society
  The society's web site contains an index to the register of pre 1901 Gosford pioneers.
   
  Cowra Family History Group
  The society's web site includes access to a database of members interest containing over 700 records.
   
  Dubbo & District Family History Society
  The society's web site contains a list of names with year of death and age from deciphered headstones at the Old Dubbo Cemetery.
   
  Forbes Family History Group
  The Society's web site contains indexes to its holdings on family, school and cemetery records for the Forbes locality. It also contains an extensive register of members interests.
   
  Griffith Genealogical & History Society
  The society has extensive holdings relating to the city of Griffith and the surrounding district and is willing to undertake fee based research
   
  Holroyd Family History Group
  The society's web site contains a series of archived newsletters in downloadable PDF format.
   
  Lake Macquarie Family History Group
  The web site contains a list of the society's extensive holdings, many of them relating to families that have lived in the locality. The members' interests register provides for email contact with contributors.
   
  Lithgow & District Family History Society
  The society's website contains a list of its holdings relating to Lithgow and the surrounding district.
   
  Manning Wallamba Family History Society
  The web site lists the comprehensive set of booklets relating to local burials that can be purchased from the society
   
  Moruya & District Historical Society
  The web site lists the various publications that can be purchased from the society. It also contains a downloadable listing (in Microsoft Word format) of publications held in the society's library.
   
  Nepean Family History Society
  The society's website contains a members interest register (with the email addresses of many of the contributors)
   
  Newcastle Family History Society
  The society has numerous publications for sale relating to Newcastle and the surrounding area. Newcastle was a penal settlement from 1804 to 1824. A research service is available - see the society's web site for details..
   
  Picton & District Historical & Family History Society
  The Society has transcribed the monuments in all cemeteries and graveyards within Picton and surrounding district.
   
  Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society
  Port Macquarie was a penal settlement from 1821 to 1830. The society has various publications for sale relating to Port Macquarie and the surrounding area.
   
  Singleton Family History Society
  The society's website contains a series of articles of genealogical interest centered around the Hunter Valley area.
   
  Society of Australian Genealogists
  Based in Sydney and established in 1932, this large society (over 7,800 members) maintains a large and informative website. It has several special interest groups, including one for London and the Home Counties.The web site includes a text search facility for enquiring on members' research interests.
   
  Tamworth & District Family History Group
  The society's web site contains a register of members' interests that can be named searched. It also contains a comprehensive list of resources and publications including all the names covered in their publication "Fifty Early Familes of Tamworth and District". If you check out the list you will see that the society has several useful resources relating to immigration.
   
  Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association
  The society's web site contains a register of members' interests.
   
  Wagga Wagga & District Family History Society
  The society has a series of local cemetery transcipts for sale.
   
   
   
  NORTHERN TERRITORY
   
  Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory
  The Society has a large range of Northern Territory records on microfiche which can be purchased. The web site contains a downloadable PDF document listing this extensive range of microfiche publications.
   
   
   
  QUEENSLAND
   
  Bundaberg Genealogical Association
  The society has a series of publications on local burial records for sale
   
  Central Queensland Family History Association
  The society has a range of publications for sale covering local burials/cremations and shipping records of assisted immigrants arriving at Moreton Bay
   
  Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical Research
  The society has recorded the memorial inscriptions in all cemeteries in Noosa Shire and has published it in book form. The web site includes a register of members' interests
   
  Genealogical Society of Queensland
  The society's web site includes a register of members' interests (complete with the email addresses of the contributors)
   
  Gold Coast Family History Society
  This large society (it has over 600 members) has publications for sale and can carry out research for a modest fee
   
  Gympie Family History Society
  The society's website includes a surname index with over 85,000 entries to their substantial collection of local records. For a modest fee, the society will provide copies of the pages relating to any entry that you are interested in.
   
  Hervey Bay Family History Association
  The society's web site includes a register of members' interests (complete with the email addresses of the contributors).
   
  History Queensland
  Previously named Queensland Association of Family History Societies. It is the umbrella organisation for family and local history societies in Queensland
   
  Logan River & District Family History Society
  The society's web site includes a register of members' interests
   
  Maryborough District Family History Society
  The society publishes a series of extracts from the births, marriages and death columns of past copies of the Maryborough Chronicle (between 1900 and 1930)
   
  Queensland Family History Society Inc (QFHS)
  Includes a group focusing on families that migrated from the West Country counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset
   
  Redcliffe & District Family History Group
  The society's website includes a list of its library resources (books, CDs, microfiche, etc.)
   
  Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society
  The society publishes a series of books on monumental inscriptions for Drayton and Toowoomba cemetery and newspaper indexes for the Toowoomba Chronicle and the Moreton Bay Courier
   
   
   
  SOUTH AUSTRALIA
   
  Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group
  The society's web site includes a register of members' interests
   
  South East Family History Group
  The society's web site includes an integrated surname index to a host of local records covering subjects as diverse as births in "Glenburnie between 1864 and 1874" and "Mt Gambier ratepayers in 1878" and numerous other interesting local holdings
   
     
   
   
  TASMANIA
   
  Tasmanian Family History Society
  The society has branches throughout Tasmania (Burnie, Devonport, Hobart, Huon and Launceston). The society publishes a set of fiche containing over 110,000 entries for tombstone and memorial inscriptions from 788 locations across the length and breadth of Tasmania - full details on the society's web site.
   
   
   
  VICTORIA
   
  Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies
  The society's web site contains a comprehensive guide to its holdings. The society has a special interest group for Essex and another one for northern counties of England.
   
  Benalla & District Family History Group
  The society's web site includes a register of members' interests
   
  Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society
  The society has indexed admissions to Bendigo Hospital from 1856 to 1900. It also publishes a full set of personal notices from the Bendigo Advertiser between 1854 and 1910
   
  Echuca Moama Family History Group
  This society has several publications relating to the Echuca Moama district including a set of fiche containing the burial index to over 12,000 names at the Echuca Cemetery together with 3,600 monumental inscriptions - see their web site for details of this and other publications
   
  Geelong Family History Group
  The society has a fair number of publications relating to the Geelong region including books on Welsh and Cornish immigrants to this area - see their web site for details
   
  Genealogical Society of Victoria
  This long established society has over 6,000 members. It is based in Melbourne and it has published a substantial range of books, CDs and fiche covering cemeteries, convict arrivals, hospital admissions, etc. - see their web site for details - the society offers a fee based research service.
   
  Heyfield Family History Group
  This society offers a fee based research service.
   
  Lakes Entrance Family History Resource
  This society offers a fee based research service.
   
  Melton Family History Group
   
  Mildura & District Genealogical Society
  The society's extensive collection of local records is listed on its web site where you will also find a register of members' interests.
   
  Mornington Peninsula Family History Society
  The society's interests cover Mornington Peninsula (south-east of Melbourne) family and local history. Based at Frankston, we have an extensive library and resource centre. Basic research is available for a nominal amount - see the website for details
   
  Narre Warren & District Family History Group
  This society serves the communities of Narre Warren, Berwick, Harkaway, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Beaconsfield and surrounding areas.
   
  Shepparton Family History Group
  The society's web site contains a register of members' interests.
   
  South Gippsland Genealogical Society
  The site contains a register of members' interests together with their email addresses
   
  Stawell Biarri Group for Genealogy
  The society's extensive collection of local records is listed on its web site. The site also contains a register of members' interests with the email addresses of many of the contributors.
   
  Swan Hill Genealogical Society
  The society's web site contains a register of members' interests.
   
  Victorian Association of Family History Organisations
  The society is the umbrella organisation for family and local history societies in Victoria.
   
  West Gippsland Genealogical Society
  This society has an extensive collection of school records for the West Gippsland region which is listed on their web site. Also on their website is a register of members' interests with the email addresses of many of the contributors.
   
  Wodonga Family History Society
  The society's extensive collection of local records is listed on its web site. Also listed are a series of publications for sale relating to local cemeteries. The e-mail address of the Honorary Secretary, Wendy Cooksey is wcooksey@tpg.com.au
   
  Yarram Genealogical Group
  The society's web site includes a name index of early settlers from in and around Yarram. It also contains a register of members' interests.
   
   
   
  WESTERN AUSTRALIA
   
  Busselton Family History Society
  In addition to the shire of Busselton, this society also covers the surrounding shires of Capel, Margaret River/Augusta, Nannup and other areas of south-western W.A. The society's highly informative web site contains lists of early birth, marriage and death registrations in Busselton and surrounding settlements. It also contains comprehensive lists of burials in cemeteries in Busselton and surrounding areas and listings of names from local War and other Memorials. The site also contains a register of members' interests.
   
  Family History Society of Rockingham & Districts
 

The Society's website includes a catalogue of publications held in its library.

   
  Great Southern Family History Society
  The society's website includes an indexes of births and marriages between 1917 and 1930 in the Great Southern district compiled from information (notices, etc.) in the Great Southern Herald. The site also contains a register of members' interests.
   
  Western Australian Genealogical Society
  The society's website hosts a register of members and non-members interests in ancestors that migrated to Western Australia. The site also contains lists of passengers arriving by ship at Swan River in 1829.
   
   
 
This page last updated: 30 August 2014