Australian Family History Societies

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

New South Wales (I-N)

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 family history.  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.

They have a extensive collection of documents that can be accessed at their Library, 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

Their site also includes a list of Members Interests.


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.  Their site includes a list of Members Interests.


Lithgow and District Family History Society

They have an extensive collection of local archives which are accessible at their library. These incorporate:

  • 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

They also have books, maps and photographs relating to the local district, to the State of New South Wales and to other States in Australia.

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

Liverpool Genealogy Society

The association was established in 1987.  Their site contains an extensive list of documents that are accessible at their library.  

Documents available incorporate:

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

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

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

Newcastle Family History Society

The association was established in 1983.  Their site contains a list of their extensive holdings, including a library catalogue, which is updated monthly.  They also have a number of books that can help you if you wish to research convicts in Australia.  They also have a list of Members Interests.