Australian Family History Societies

This section lists the Victoria associations from Wangaratta to Wodonga and then the Western Australia associations from Albany Regional to Busselton giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Victoria (W-Z)

Western Australia (A-F)

Victoria (W-Z)

Wangaratta Family History Society

The association was established in 1985 to encourage and promote genealogical research, especially in Wangaratta and North East.  They have an comprehensive collection of resources accessible in their library, some of which relate to England and Wales.

These resources include:

  • CDs relating to Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • England Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • North East Victoria Court Records
  • Pupil Registers and other School Archives
  • South Australian Death Index

Other CDs include those relating to Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, USA and other countries.

A database of surnames currently being researched by members is accessible.


West Gippsland Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1983 to encourage and promote genealogy and also to preserve records and documents referring to West Gippsland.  They have transcribed some school records from West Gippsland and also have a list of local cemetery records.

The society has a library where many archives are accessible, including:

  • Australian Pastoral Directory 1931
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Census Returns
  • Colonial Convict Movements 1827-1853
  • Convicts Records
  • Directories
  • Early Pioneers Indexes
  • Electoral Rolls
  • England and Wales Death Index

Archives also incorporate:

  • Genealogical Research Directories 1990/1999 and 2000/2002
  • GRD (Genealogical Research Directory) 1994-2007
  • Immigration Records
  • Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864
  • Lanarkshire Seamens' Crewlists 1851
  • Land Records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Renfrewshire Seamens' Crewlists 1851
  • Shire Rate Books

Some of these resources relate to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Some books have been published regarding the genealogy and stories of the first settlers of West Gippsland from 1858 (Joseph Hennery Jackson) to 1925, an index of which is accessible on their site.

There is also a list of surnames currently being researched by members.


Wodonga Family History Society

The society has an extensive collection of archives, including:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions Indexes
  • Rate Books
  • Reference Books

Some publications are available for sale, which include cemetery inscriptions, Wodonga burial registers 1861-1937 and 1938-2004, Petty Sessions Transcriptions and Pupil Registers.


Western Australia (A-F)

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 number of archives accessible at their Library and these include some resources that relate to England and Wales. 

Resources also incorporate 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.


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

An extensive number of resources 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.