New South Wales
Family History Societies

This section lists the societies of New South Wales.

Armidale Family History Group

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

Website:
http://www.familyhistoryarmidale.org



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.

Website:
https://www.bathurstfhg.asn.au/



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.

Website:
http://www.berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org.au



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)

Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nswbmfhs



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.

Website:
http://www.botanybayfhs.org.au/



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.

Website:
http://bdfhg.weebly.com



Camden Area Family History Society

The association was established in 1996 and its aim is to encourage and promote the study of genealogy.  Many archives are accessible in their Library, which incorporate Genealogies, Pioneer Registers and Cemetery Transcripts.

Numerous publications are sold by the society, including:

  • 1901 Census
  • Council Rates Book
  • Pioneer Register
  • Pioneers at Rest Cawdor Cemetery

Website:
http://www.cafhs.org.au/



Camden Historical Society

The organisation was founded in 1957.  Many resources are accessible in the museum, which include:

  • Ephemera
  • Letters
  • Maps
  • Memorabilia
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs
  • Reminiscences

Books are also available in the small reference library.

Numerous publications are sold at the Museum, which incorporate:

  • Headstones
  • Macarthur Heritage
  • Pioneer Register
  • Tales of Old Camden
  • The Gardener's Gamble

Website:
http://www.camdenhistory.org.au/chsindex.html



Cape Banks Family History Society

Numerous resources are accessible in their Research Room, including:

  • Assisted Immigration Index
  • Bounty Index
  • Convict Index & Convict Shipping Indents
  • Pioneer Indexes (Births, Marriages and Deaths) for NSW, Qld, Vic, Tas and WA
  • Indexes to Birth, Marriages and Deaths for all Australian States and Territories
  • Indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths for New Zealand
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)
  • NSW Probate Index
  • Various Census and Musters

A list of Members Interests and Members' Convicts 1788-1850 are also available.  Short biographies of some pioneers buried at Botany Pioneer Memorial Park can also be accessed.

Publications sold by the society incorporate:

  • Blythswood Private School 1906-1951 - Randwick - names of pupils attending the school 1906-1951
  • Buried At Botany - A Cemetery Comes Alive
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Maroubra & District Memories
  • Maroubra & District Pioneer Register Pre 1945 - 608 Pioneer Entries
  • Randwick Destitute Children's Asylum - Deaths and Burials 1853-1916
  • St Mary's Cathedral Chapel School - 1820, 1830, 1833 Registers

Website:
http://www.capebanks.org.au



Central Coast Family History Society

The association was founded in 1981.  Many resources can be accessed in their Research Centre, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • Reference Books
  • Vital Records

Full information regarding their resources is accessible, including the Library Catalogue and their CD collection. 

Many documents relate to England and Wales.  You can order FamilySearch films at the Research Centre. 

Special Interest Groups are available, which include a Writers Group, Irish Interests Group and an iPad Users Group.

Details of Members Interests are also accessible.

Website:
http://centralcoastfhs.org.au



Coffs Harbour District Family History Society

The area covered by the association covers Red Rock in the north, south to Urunga and inland covering Deer Vale, Tyringham and Dundarrabin.  Many records are available in their Research Centre.

Their site contains details of their extensive list of resources, some of which relate to England and Wales, which can be accessed at the Research Centre, located at 169 Rose Avenue, Coffs Harbour.  Their journal, 'Genie Allergy', is published quarterly.

Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nswchfhs



Cowra Family History Group

The Group was established in 1983 and now has over 100 members.  It has undertaken an ongoing project which aims to list numerous burials within a 50km radius of Cowra.  Details of Members Interests are accessible.

Some publications are available for sale, incorporating:

  • Boorowa District 1939-1999 - Birth, Death, Marriage, Celebration and Legal Entries from Burrowa/Boorowa News
  • Canowindra, Morongla Woodstock District Death Records 1880-1945
  • Carcoar Burials
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Cowra Monumental Inscriptions Vols. 1-7
  • Cowra Shire Miscellaneous Births Registered at Carcoar 1845-1879
  • Through the Lens - some photographs from the Pardey Collection
  • Tragedies in the Cowra District

Website:
http://cfhg.webs.com



Dubbo and District Family History Society

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Dubbo Public School Combined Girls/Boys Index
  • Early Pioneers of Dubbo pre 1882
  • Narromine News and Trangie Advocate 1924-1932
  • Narromine Public School Centenary
  • Old Age Pension Claims of Ireland
  • Pioneer Register - Dubbo and Western Region

For further information regarding publications sold by the Society, please peruse their site.

Links to their Newsletters from February 2012 are accessible on their site.  These include February, April, June, August, October and December.

Website:
http://dubbofamilyhistory.org.au/index.php



Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society

The association was founded in 1981. 

A comprehensive Library Catalogue of their holdings is accessible.  Their range of resources is extensive, with items from both Australia and Overseas, including some from England and Wales.

These resources include:

  • Biographies
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes
  • Broken Hill Ex-miners Index
  • Census Indexes
  • Directories
  • Genealogies
  • Griffith and Yenda War Memorials

Resources also include:

  • Immigration Records
  • Land Records
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Naturalisations
  • Obituaries
  • Research Directories

A list of Members Interests and information about Griffith and District Pioneer Families are available.

Website:
http://www.griffithgene.org.au/



Holroyd Family History Group

The Group was established in 1997 to help members who wished to conduct research into their genealogy.  Their journal, Holroyd Happenings, is published twice a year in June and December. 

They do not hold specific information about the surname Holroyd but they do have a Holroyd surname page, which gives details of where you can find information about the surname.

Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aushfhg



Illawarra Family History Group

The Group was founded in 1984 to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, especially in the Illawarra area.  Some of their members specialise in Illawarra genealogy.  Anyone is welcome to join, whether you live locally or overseas.  For a small fee, members are willing to carry out research on your behalf.

An extensive collection of documents is accessible, but some resources are only accessible to members. 

Documents held include:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths mentioned in Illawarra Mercury 1901-1930
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Kiama Court Records 1852-1863 (Index)
  • Kiama Independent Index
  • Rankins Funeral Records 1963-1970
  • Shellharbour Council Valuation Books (cover 1876-1880, 1880-1885, 1911-1928)
  • Wollongong City Council Chronological Burial Register 1967-1990

A list of Members Interests is also accessible.

Website:
http://illawarrafhg.blogspot.com.au/



Inverell District Family History Group

Known as the Sapphire City, Inverell is located on the Macintyre River in Northern New South Wales.  The Group was founded in 1984 to encourage and promote genealogical research.  Details of Members Interests are also accessible.

Website:
https://inverell.nsw.gov.au/inverell-family-history-group/



Lithgow and District Family History Society

Many local archives are accessible at their library, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Central West Hotel Licences
  • Court House Records
  • Gravediggers' Books 1916-1984
  • Lithgow Valley Colliery Payroll Records
  • Lithgow Public School Punishment Books
  • Local Parish Maps
  • School Register of Admissions

Books, maps and photographs relating to the local district, to the State of New South Wales and to other States in Australia, are also available.

Numerous publications are for sale, including:

  • Index to Biographical Sketches
  • Lithgow - The Valley and the People
  • Lithgow and District Pre 1856 Pioneer Registers
  • Lithgow Infectious Diseases Register Index
  • Rydal - A Centenary Souvenir

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/Lithgow-District-Family-History-Society-Inc-103317106399715/



Liverpool Genealogy Society

The association was established in 1987.  

Documents available in their Library incorporate:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes
  • Biographies
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Convict Records
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Musters in New South Wales
  • Pioneer Registers
  • Shipping Registers

An extensive list of documents that are accessible at their library is available.

There are some publications available for sale, which include:

  • Anglican Pauper Burials
  • Baptist and Presbyterian Burials
  • Bench Book Indexes
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Liverpool All Saints Parish Registers
  • Presbyterian Crypts
  • Uniting and Seven Day Adventists

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Liverpool-Genealogy-Society-Inc-Est-1987-1391685787799778/



Milton-Ulladulla Family History Society

Their site contains details of their extensive catalogue of resources which include books, journals, CD-ROMs and microfiche.  Some of these archives relate to England and Wales.  

Documents include:

  • Birth Registrations
  • Census Records
  • Colonial Secretary's Papers
  • Death Registrations
  • Electoral Rolls
  • First Fleet Families
  • Immigrations

Resources also include:

  • Marriage Registrations
  • Members' Interests
  • New South Wales Government Gazettes
  • Passenger Lists
  • Post Office Directories
  • Probate Indexes
  • Vital Records

Website:
http://www.mufhsi.org



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.

Website:
http://www.nfhs.org.au



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.

Website:
http://www.parramattahistorical.org.au/



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

Website:
http://www.stonequarry.com.au/padhfhs



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.

Website:
http://www.pmdfhs.org.au/



Port Stephens Family History Society

An extensive list of archives is accessible, which includes the International Genealogical Index (IGI) for British Counties and the 1881 National Census for Britain.

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Bench Book of Magistrates Port Stephens to December 1832
  • Convicts of the Australian Agricultural Company 1825-1850
  • Headstone Inscriptions and Photographs from Anna Bay Lawn Cemetery
  • Nelson Bay Cemetery Photographs and Inscriptions
  • Sydney Morning Herald April, May and June 1868

Website:
http://www.portstephensfamilyhistory.com.au



Shoalhaven Family History Society

The association was established in 1985 to encourage and promote the study of genealogy.  Many resources can be accessed in their Research Centre, located in the historic old Pyree School building on Greenwell Point Rd Pyree, which include:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Convict Records
  • Government Gazettes
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Military Records
  • New South Wales Wills for the period 1800-1901 on microfilm
  • Pioneer Registers
  • Reference and Source Books
  • Shipping Papers

These resources do not just cover the local area, but Australia-wide and overseas, which includes England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Website:
http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/~sfhs



Tumut Family History Group

The Group was established in 1980 and aims to help people researching genealogy, local history or the region's pioneering families of the region. Tumut is roughly 100kms South West of Canberra 'as the crow flies' and 35 kms East of Gundagai.

Many resources can be accessed in Tumut Shire Library, which include Church Histories, Parish Registers and School Histories.  Full details of their extensive collection of resources is accessible on the site.

Some publications available or sale include:

  • Adelong Cemetery 1861-1987
  • Batlow Cemetery (1995)
  • Small Cemeteries and Isolated Graves of the Tumut District
  • Tumbarumba Shire Cemeteries (1988)
  • Tumut Pioneer Cemetery (1989)

Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nswtfhg/TFHG.html



Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association

Many archives are accessible in their Research Room, located at the South Tweed Sports Club, South Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia(4 Minjungbal Drive).  Full information regarding these resources is available on their site.

A schedule of surnames currently being researched by members is on the site.

Website:
http://www.tweedgoldcoastfamilyhistoryheritageassociation.bravehost.com


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