Australian Family History Societies

This section lists Western Australia associations from Albany to WAGS, giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Western Australia

Albany Regional Family History Society

The association was established in 1982 and help people research their family tree. It also promotes and encourages the study of genealogy. They have an extensive list of resources accessible at their Library and these include some resources relating to England and Wales. 

They also have an index of surnames taken from Albany Funeral Director Records from 1921 to 1980 and an Albany Cemetery Index. 

They have a list of surnames currently being researched by members.

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


Busselton Family History Society

The association was established in 1984 but after a decision was made by WAGS in 2000 to disband its branch system, they decided to continue as an independent association.

They have many on-line databases on the site, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Early Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Memorial Inscriptions

They also have an extensive list of resources which can be accessed in their Library, which include some resources relating to England and Wales. Resources include 

  • Biographical Indexes
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes
  • Cemetery Records
  • Convict Records
  • Court Records
  • Obituaries
  • Orphanage Registers
  • Rate Books

In addition, they provide access to the resources of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' FamilySearch Library Catalogue and indexes of births, marriages and deaths transcribed from early registrations in Busselton and surrounding settlements. 

They also have a list of surnames currently being researched by group members.

Website:
http://members.westnet.com.au/busgen


Geraldton Family History Society

The association was established in 1978 and covers the midwest region of Western Australia which includes the shires of:

  • Carnamah
  • Chapman Valley
  • Coorow
  • Cue
  • Greenough
  • Irwin
  • Meekatharra
  • Mingenew
  • Morawa

Shires covered also include:

  • Mount Magnet
  • Mullewa
  • Murchison
  • Northampton
  • Perenjori
  • Sandstone
  • Three Springs
  • Wiluna
  • Yalgoo

It also covers the city of Geraldton. 

They provide access to a Midwest Death Register and also have a list of surnames currently being researched by members.

Website:
https://geraldtonfhs.wordpress.com/


Great Southern Family History Society

The association was established in 1985. 

It is possible to search an Index to Births from 1917-1930 and Marriages 1917-1930 entered in the Great Southern Herald, which was the first local newspaper published in the Great Southern area of Western Australia. 

They also have a index of surnames currently being researched by members.

Website:
http://www.katanningwa.com/community/view.php?id=1108


Rockingham and Districts Family History Society

The association was established in 1992 but when WAGS made the decision to disband its branch system, they became an independent association.

They have an on-line catalogue of resources which are held in their Library, some of which relate to England and Wales. 

Compiled from admission and attendance registers, journals, books, Education Department files and oral contributions, the Rockingham and Districts Schools Index, which covers 44 schools in the Rockingham, Kwinana and Serpentine-Jarrahdale localities lists over 26000 children and 900 teachers between 1830 and 1970.

Website:
http://fhsrd.org.au


Western Australia Genealogical Society (WAGS)

The association was founded in 1979 and it aims to promote and encourage the study, knowledge and science of genealogy.

Their site gives details about an extensive list of resources accessible in their Library, some of which relate to England and Wales.  These resources include Books, CD-ROMs, microfiche's and microfilm's.

They also have a number of Special Interest Groups, and group members help each other with their genealogical research.

Their site also has a forum along with a list of Members Interests.  Research Guides are accessible on the site.

Website:
http://wags.org.au