Family History Group

9.30am Tuesday 19th March

Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road Balwyn (Melway 46 F8)


Our first meeting for 2019 will take place at 9.30am on Tuesday 19th March.   Paul Flanagan has agreed to be my back up – at least in the short term.

At the March meeting, the first part will focus on techniques, both classical and technological, for searching for ancestors, from Birthday Books to programs like Find My Past, Family Search, Lost Cousins, Ancestry and DNA. In preparation, I invite you to collect and come along with as much information as you can find about an ancestor who was living in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada or the USA in 1881 – or anywhere else for that matter – name, date and place of birth, etc.

After morning tea, we will do some planning of the program for 2019. I invite you to put on your thinking caps and come along with suggestions for topics, speakers, outings and other activities for the Group.

If you haven’t attended this Group before, this is an ideal time to pay a visit and join in.



The Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

At “home” meetings, which are held at the Balwyn Baptist Church, members discuss their genealogical research and listen to guest speakers.

However, every second month, members visit relevant places of interest, e.g., historical societies, libraries, museums, etc.

In addition to the research discussions, members also make presentations about their family history and those presentations are always thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

The Group also  hosts the “start-of-year” lunch at the RACV Club in Melbourne and the “Christmas in July” mid-year lunch, and has visited the Living Legends and Woodlands Estate at Greenvale, the MCG and National Sports Museum, Rupertswood (the historic house in Sunbury), Westgarthtown, the Immigration Museum,  Boroondara and Springvale Cemeteries, Schramm’s Cottage in Doncaster, Williamstown and the Percy Grainger Museum.

All members, partners and friends are always welcome to JOIN US.

Click here to view the Group’s photo gallery at

Click here for a selected list of useful Internet sites related to Family History research.

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