Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.



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Join the society or renew your membership

Please visit our shop to join or to renew your membership.

If you have an interest in genealogy you are welcome to join our society. Click here to read our brochure setting out member benefits.

Good news – You can now purchase books at the library during opening hours.

While COVID-19 restrictions apply, members may access Ancestry and FindMyPast from home. Simply log in to the member area to find out more.

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Family History for Beginners & Beyond
New edition


Fresh off the printing press, the 16th Edition of Family History for Beginners & Beyond is now available for sale. RRP is $39 and Member price is $35. This edition uses a professional half Canadian wire binding that also features a cover spine, allowing the book to stay open absolutely flat at any page. You get five new chapters, heavily revised content in most chapters, up to date resources with a modern look, and a more comprehensive index.

Purchase your copy at our on-line shop.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic HAGSOC are asking all volunteers and other members to be vigilant and to follow the recommended procedures for minimising risk to themselves and others.
Following the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and a successful trial, the HAGSOC Library has returned to normal hours. However, if two library assistants are not in attendance the library is required to close.
More details on HAGSOC's COVID Safe Policies can be found in the HAGSOC COVID Library Plan and in the COVID Safe Library Users Guide.
The Education Room has returned to normal use. Bookings can be made as before, however, the number of people in the room is limited to 13.
We will continue to monitor the situation in line with advice from government health organisations. Keep an eye on the website for further information.
Previous announcements are available:
HAGSOC contacts for any questions you may have are:
Rosemary McKenzie, President
Cheryl Bollard, Secretary
The policy is available here.
Access to FamilySearch virtual films at Cook

Visitors to the Library now have access to nearly all digital collections on the FamilySearch website – if a record shows as only being viewable at a Family History Library or Affiliate Library that means you can view it at the Library. Access is immediate and you can accomplish a lot in a short time. Moreover, you do not have to pay to get the film posted from FamilySearch. Thank you FamilySearch for setting up this great service!

See the latest news and items of interest on our News blog page.

Education Room Hire

To make a booking of our education room please visit our SHOP


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