Australian Family History Societies

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

Western Australia (G-Z)

Geraldton Family History Society

The society was established in 1978, its aim being to assist anyone conducting genealogical research in Geraldton, the Midwest or worldwide.

They cover the midwest region of Western Australia which includes the shires of:

  • Carnamah
  • Chapman Valley
  • Coorow
  • Cue
  • Greenough
  • Irwin
  • Meekatharra
  • Mingenew
  • Morawa
  • Mount Magnet
  • Mullewa
  • Murchison
  • Northampton
  • Perenjori
  • Sandstone
  • Three Springs
  • Wiluna
  • Yalgoo

It also covers the city of Geraldton. 

Access to a Midwest Death Register is provided by the society.

Information regarding surnames currently being researched by members is also accessible.

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.

An index of surnames currently being researched by members is accessible.

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

Rockingham and Districts Family History Society

The association was established in 1992 but when Western Australia Genealogical Society (WAGS) made the decision to disband its branch system, they became an independent association.

Many resources can be accessed in their Library, which include:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Census Records
  • Church Registers
  • Convict Registers
  • Directories
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Naturalisations
  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Notices from Newspapers
  • Passenger Lists
  • Pioneer Registers
  • Poll Books
  • Reference Books
  • Wills Indexes

An online catalogue of resources, some of which relate to England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland, is accessible.   

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.

Many Special Interest Groups are accessible, 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

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