Researching your Victorian ancestors

A guide to family history research using the major Victorian resources

Genealogy societies

Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents
AAGRA aims to offer the services of reliable and competent genealogists and record agents. Ideal for those wanting professional family history and genealogy services and general record searching.

Family History Connections
Formerly the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS). Based in Blackburn this society has a research library, a bookshop, runs specialised classes and workshops and produces a journal called The Genealogist.

Genealogy Society of Victoria
Based in Melbourne, the GSV is the second oldest genealogical society in Australia. The GSV has a research library, a bookshop, offers a range of classes and information sessions and provides research support. They produce a quarterly journal called Ancestor.

Society of Australian Genealogists
Based in Sydney, SAG is the oldest genealogical society in Australia. They have a substantial research library containing an extensive range of state and territory family history material.

Victorian GUM (Genealogists Using Microcomputers) Inc.
A good place to evaluate and purchase the latest family history software programs.

Family history societies

Browse through these lists to discover the wide range of societies now available in Australia. Everything from rural historical societies and family history groups through to very specialised societies like the Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais.

Australian Family History & Historical Societies, compiled from societies affiliated with Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc, the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies and the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Cyndi's List - Australia - Societies and Groups includes links to national, state and specialist historial and genealogical societies.

Family History and Historical Societies a gateway to resources, developed by Cora Num

Family portrait

Family members on lawn, sitting on chairs, house nearby

Family members on lawn, sitting on chairs, house nearby, H2009.60/132.

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