Australian Family History Societies

This section lists New South Wales associations from Newcastle to Port Macquarie and Districts giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

New South Wales (N-P)

Newcastle Family History Society

The association was established in 1983.  A list of their extensive holdings, including a library catalogue, which is updated monthly, are available.  Many resources can be accessed, which include:

  • Card Indexes
  • CD-ROMs
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Journals
  • Local and Family Histories
  • Maps
  • Microfilm and Microfiche Records

Many books that can help you if you wish to research convicts in Australia are also available.

Some publications are sold by the society, including:

  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Church Registers Transcriptions
  • Coal and Shale Mining Non-Fatal Accidents New South Wales, 1876-1920
  • Coalmining Related Deaths, Hunter Valley - 19th century to 1975
  • The Diaries of John Reid, Victorian Schoolmaster 1853-1856
  • Surgeons at Sea - Surgeons' journals on Australia Convict Ships

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is accessible on their site.


Parramatta and District Family History Society

The association was established in 1913.  Some publications can be purchased from the society, which include:

  • Carlingford: Now and Then
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Hambledon Cottage: The Cottage on the Plain
  • The History of Pubs in Parramatta
  • Parramatta Pioneer Register: Foundation to Federation
  • Parramatta Pioneer Register: Settlement to 1920
  • Society Journals
  • Women Transported

Links to other sites you may find useful are on the site.


Picton and District Historical and Family History Society

Details of their extensive collection of archives accessible in their Research Room, which is on the first floor of Wollondilly Library, are accessible. These archives include:

  • Bankruptcy - Insolvency Index 1842-87
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Church Records
  • Court Records
  • Deceased Estate Index
  • Land Records
  • Maps and Lithographs
  • Monuments and Memorials
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs

Some publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1824 Cawdor Bench of magistrates Population, Land and Stock Book. A biographical register of inhabitants residing in the Cowpastures
  • Along the Menangle Road - A concise history of land grants on Menangle Road between Menangle Bridge and Picton Road
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Chronicles of Early Cowpastures and Stonequarry - 1820 to 1850
  • Marriage Transcripts

Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society

The association was established in 1985.  Their site contains an extensive list of archives accessible in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library, Grant & Gordon Streets, Port Macquarie.  These resources incorporate:

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Notices
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Convicts Names
  • Directories
  • Family Histories
  • History Books
  • Obituaries
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Pioneer Registers
  • Probate Indexes
  • Reference Books
  • Transportations

These resources do not only relate to the area, but to the State of New South Wales, Australia as a whole, New Zealand and further afield, such as England and Wales.

Publications available for sale include:

  • Can You Remember?
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Harvesting the Hastings: Farming Families
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Runaways, Robbers and Incorrigible Rogues: Certificates of Freedom Records for Port Macquarie Convicts 1823-1827
  • Sydney Gaol Records for Port Macquarie Convicts

Details of Members Interests are also accessible.


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