Australian Family History Societies

This section lists the countrywide associations from the Australian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents to the Federation of Societies.  It then lists the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra.  

It also lists societies in New South Wales from Armidale to Bathurst, giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales (A-B)

Countrywide Societies

The Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents

The association was founded in 1977. Their aim is to compile a list of genealogists and record agents.  They then pass this information to people who want to have genealogical research undertaken professionally.  

AAGRA members carry out research in many parts of the World, such as British Isles, but specialise in the States and Territories in Australia, including:

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  • New South Wales (NSW)
  • Norfolk Island (NFI)
  • Northern Territory (NT)
  • Queensland (QLD)
  • South Australia (SA)
  • Tasmania (TAS)
  • Victoria (VIC)
  • Western Australia (WA)

It also covers all regions of New Zealand.


Federation of Family History Societies

The association was founded in 1978 to assist and coordinate the work of associations in Australia and New Zealand.


Australian Capital Territory

The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra

The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra was established in 1964.  It now has approximately 1060 members, including some from districts outside the Australian Capital Territory such as Yass, Murrumbateman, Bungendore and Queanbeyan.

Many documents can be accessed in their Library, which include:

  • Biographical Databases
  • Census Returns
  • Church Records
  • Electoral Rolls
  • School Admission Registers

For further information regarding documents held at the library, please visit the association's website, where it is possible to search their on-line catalogue.


New South Wales (A-B)

Armidale Family History Group

The Group was founded in 1985 and has over 200 members.  They have a comprehensive library and research centre.


Bathurst Family History Group

The society was established in 1985 and aims to help others to make progress with their research.  Many resources are accessible, which include microfiche, microfilm, CD-ROMs, journals and books.

Books include:

  • Bathurst Civic Centenary Souvenir
  • Fourteen Journeys Over The Blue Mountains
  • Inns and Hotels of old Bathurst Town
  • Parish Church of St Barnabas
  • People and Places of Sofala
  • Pioneer Cemetery - Holy Trinity
  • Pioneers of Bathurst - Kelso
  • Portrait of a Lady
  • Sofala Days

Their resources also include:

  • Bathurst Landowners
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Convict Records
  • Death Indexes
  • Immigration Records
  • Local Histories
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Records
  • Pioneer Registers

These resources do not just relate to New South Wales, but to other states in Australia and further afield, such as England and Wales.

Details of Members Interests are also accessible.


  1. Family Tree Resources
  2. Other Family History Societies
  3. Australian Family History Societies (Countrywide to NSW (A-B))