Australian Family History Societies

This section lists the Victoria associations from Australian Institute to Mildura and District giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Victoria (A-M)

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies

Donald Grant and Peter Foard founded AIGS in 1973.  The association's aims are to promote the study of genealogy, transcribe memorial inscriptions and parish registers and to make records more accessible to the public.

Many resources, including some relating to England and Wales, are accessible in their Reference Library.

An index of some early Americans and Canadians in Australia compiled by Nick Vine Hall (1944-2006) is available.  In addition, they have special interest groups covering England and Wales and a list of AIGS surnames.


Cobram Genealogical Group

Cobram Cemetery Index is available on their site.

Publications available for sale include Barooga Cemetery Index and stories on the settlers and pioneers of the Cobram and Barooga area, which includes stories of Italian families who settled in Cobram area in the 1900s.  Surnames of families included in this publication are also available.

A schedule of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.


Cornish Association of Victoria

The society was founded in 1986.  Their site has details about the branches in Ballarat and Geelong and also has information about Activity Groups, which are the Cornish Language Group, The Cornish Born Group, the Camborne/Gwennap Group and the St Just Group.

Many resources are available in their library, which incorporate:

  • ‘Bawden’ Transcripts - Parish records to the mid 1800’s
  • Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885
  • Cornwall Census Returns 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
  • Cornwall Parish Records
  • Devon Census Returns 1841, 1861, 1881
  • Directories
  • Early Victorian Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Edwardian Index 1902-1913

Resources also include:

  • Family and Local Histories
  • Federation Index 1889-1901
  • Gazetteers
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Marine BDM’s 1853-1920
  • Methodist Records 1837-1900
  • Pioneer Index 1836-1888
  • Wills and Probate

Descendants of Convicts Group

The association was founded in 1981 by people who thought there should be a group especially for people who could claim they had a convict ancestor in the family who had been transported between 1788 and 1868, and for those who were interested in convicts. 

Their site contains a list of Members Convicts, along with details of Member Connections, some of whom were transported from England and Wales.


Mildura and District Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1977 and now has more than 120 members.  Many resources are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Biographies
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • Cemetery Maps
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Family Histories
  • Funeral Records
  • Local Histories
  • Newsletters from other Societies
  • Newspapers
  • School Records
  • Survey Maps

Full details of these resources can be found by using their online catalogue.  Some resources relate to England and Wales.

An index to people mentioned in Sunraysia Daily Newspaper 1920-1999 is also accessible.

Details of Members Interests are also accessible.


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