Family History ACT

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Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.

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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.

Because of COVID-19 sales are only offered through our online bookshop and delivery is via Australia post.

Purchase your copy at our on-line shop.



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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.

While the library is closed, member benefits include home access to Ancestry and FindMyPast. Simply log in to the member area to find out more.

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The 2020 E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is NOW OPEN. Click HERE for all the information on how to enter.

If you would like to advertise the competition in your organisation or share with your friends please download the poster.

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 announcement by the Prime Minister, that all non-essential services be closed, the HAGSOC Library and Education Room will close until further notice.
These include all SIGs, SUGs, education and networking events were previously cancelled.
In support of our membership HAGSOC is looking at a way to communicate remotely with members so they can engage in SIGs, SUGs, support groups and other meetings. Keep an eye on the website for further information.
Continue to be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, and if you are experiencing flu like symptoms, have been in close contact with someone suspected to be infected with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed yourself, we ask you self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
We will continue to monitor the situation in line with advice from government health organisations.
Previous announcements are available:
HAGSOC contacts for any questions you may have are:
Rosemary McKenzie our Vice-President
Cheryl Bollard, our 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!

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