Family History Group

10.00am Wednesday 5th June

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

This month’s program features presentations from two of our members.  After a time for general discussion and questions, we will hear Max Caldwell’s story.  Max has researched his family history and encountered a number of challenges, including different spellings of the surname.  I am sure we will learn more about Max through his family’s story. 

After the break, Eric Berzkalns will introduce us to Family Tree Maker, an invaluable computer program for recording all your basic family history information like births, deaths, marriages as well as photographs, anecdotes, copies of documents and more, in a form that can be expressed as lists and charts of various kinds.


The Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, except January.

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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