Australian Family History Societies

This section lists New South Wales associations from Berrima District to Burwood and District giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

New South Wales (B)

Berrima District Historical and Family History Society

The Society was founded in 1960, its aims being to promote and encourage interest in Australian and local history and genealogy and to establish a museum where archives relating to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales can be permanently stored and preserved.

Their collections cover the towns of:

  • Bowral
  • Bundanoon
  • Mittagong
  • Moss Vale
  • Robertson

The following villages are also covered:

  • Avoca
  • Aylmerton
  • Balaclava
  • Berrima
  • Braemar
  • Burrawang
  • Canyonleigh
  • Colo Vale
  • Exeter
  • Glenquarry
  • Hilltop
  • Kangaloon
  • Penrose
  • Sutton Forest
  • Tallong
  • Wildes Meadow
  • Wingello

It has a comprehensive image library, which contains over 8000 images of people and places that relate to their area and beyond.  Many resources can be accessed at their library, details of which are accessible.

Many publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • 80 Years and More of the Mountain Railway
  • Berrima Cenotaph and World War I Honour Roll
  • Berrima Gaol Records
  • Cemetery Transcriptions of the Berrima District
  • Colo Vale: A Short History Celebrating 50 Years
  • Early Industries
  • Early Local Government
  • History of the Berrima District 1798-1973
  • Images of Bundanoon Revisited
  • Memories of Colo Vale

For a full list of publications available, please visit their website.


Blue Mountains Family History Society

Their site gives details of their extensive list of archives, which includes:

  • Australian Regional Studies
  • Cemetery Registers
  • Census Transcripts
  • Directories
  • Electoral Rolls
  • English Resources
  • Family Histories
  • Government Department Records
  • Land Records
  • Military Records
  • Newspapers
  • Photography
  • Pioneer Registers
  • Reference Books
  • Immigration Records
  • Vital Records
  • Wills Index

Some resources also relate to England and Wales.  

Information regarding Members Interests are also available.

The society has many publications available for sale, including:

  • Blue Mountains Cemetery and Burial Books
  • Blue Mountains Pioneer Register to 1930(2 Volumes)
  • Historic Mount York Cemetery, Hartley Vale
  • Transport Memories
  • Wood Coffill(Katoomba) Burial Index 1916-1967(2 Volumes)

Botany Bay Family History Society

The association was founded in 1984 and has over 500 members.  Their aim is to help members with their genealogical research.  Their site gives information regarding their extensive collection of resources, some of which related to England and Wales, that are accessible at their Research Centre and library located in Caringbah. 

At the affiliate library, it is also possible to order and view LDS films which are records that have been digitised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


Burwood and District Family History Group

The Group was founded in 1985 to help people researching their genealogy.  Their site contains details of subjects covered by Ances-tree, the Group's journal, which is published three times a year.


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