News Archives
2024
Don't miss the Family History ACT activities at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival Heritage Festival April 2024 22nd March 2024
Don't miss the Family History ACT activities at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.
Write Yourself into History – join our guest speaker from the NLA to learn about Legal Deposit 5 March 2024 Monthly Meeting 29th February 2024
Write Yourself into History – join our guest speaker from the NLA to learn about Legal Deposit.
The iconic hexagonal building at the Australian National University was the venue for early meetings. OUR FIRST ‘HOME’ AT THE COOMBS 27th February 2024
The iconic hexagonal building at the Australian National University was the venue for early meetings..
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Find out more and book now. Beginning Family History Course 23rd February 2024
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Find out more and book now..
Register now for the conference to be held on Tuesday 20 February 2024 9.30am - 4.30pm. All welcome. Irish Conference – BOOK NOW! 13th February 2024
Register now for the conference to be held on Tuesday 20 February 2024 9.30am - 4.30pm. All welcome..
As we celebrate our 60th year we are looking back on the history of Family History ACT Remembering Our First Meeting in 1964 3rd February 2024
As we celebrate our 60th year we are looking back on the history of Family History ACT.
Getting the most out of Family Search with Paul Bennallack and Suzanne Russo Adams. Book Now. February Monthly Meeting 19th January 2024
Getting the most out of Family Search with Paul Bennallack and Suzanne Russo Adams. Book Now..
Register now to join us on Wed 31 January at 10.00am. All FHACT Library Volunteers Welcome. Library Volunteer Get Together 7th January 2024
Register now to join us on Wed 31 January at 10.00am. All FHACT Library Volunteers Welcome..
Visit the new exhibition - Life on the Limestone Plains - Open now for viewing at Cook Community Hub. New Hallway Exhibition OPEN NOW! 7th January 2024
Visit the new exhibition - Life on the Limestone Plains - Open now for viewing at Cook Community Hub..
2023
Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas for family and friends? Here are a few suggestions. All I want for Christmas is … 1st December 2023
Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas for family and friends? Here are a few suggestions..
FHACT receives an NLA grant for a Preservation Assessment of the Father Brian Maher Collection NLA Community Heritage Grants 24th November 2023
FHACT receives an NLA grant for a Preservation Assessment of the Father Brian Maher Collection .
Website: NLA Press release
FHACT welcomes its newest Fellow and Life Members at a presentation at the Annual General Meeting. FHACT members receive Honours 23rd November 2023
FHACT welcomes its newest Fellow and Life Members at a presentation at the Annual General Meeting..
Family History ACT is pleased to announce and welcome its new office bearers for 2023/2024. Congratulations to FHACT Councillors 9th November 2023
Family History ACT is pleased to announce and welcome its new office bearers for 2023/2024..
Jo Callaghan will be talking about Australian military medals at the Australia SIG at 2pm via Zoom. Australian Military Medals 1st November 2023
Jo Callaghan will be talking about Australian military medals at the Australia SIG at 2pm via Zoom..
This talk has been postponed until next year due to a bereavement in Paul's family. English Apprentices and Guilds 26th October 2023
This talk has been postponed until next year due to a bereavement in Paul's family. .
The winner of the 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Award was announced at a special event on Saturday 7 October. WRITING COMPETITION WINNER! 25th October 2023
The winner of the 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Award was announced at a special event on Saturday 7 October..
FHACT recently received a donation of Heraldic Artefacts from Society Fellow Dr Niel Gunson DONATION OF HERALDIC ARTEFACTS 24th October 2023
FHACT recently received a donation of Heraldic Artefacts from Society Fellow Dr Niel Gunson.
 7pm Monday 23 October 2023 Dr Uther Charlton-Stevens presents: Through the lens of history Book now for our October Special Event 9th October 2023
7pm Monday 23 October 2023 Dr Uther Charlton-Stevens presents: Through the lens of history.
Join FHACT Members and guests as we explore the many ways that we have connections to India Focus on India during October 7th October 2023
Join FHACT Members and guests as we explore the many ways that we have connections to India.
Huguenot Society of Australia Conference 2023, 21 October 2023, 95 – 99 York St Sydney Huguenot Heritage: Past & Present 6th October 2023
Huguenot Society of Australia Conference 2023, 21 October 2023, 95 – 99 York St Sydney.
Join us for the E.M. Fletcher presentation event on Saturday 7 October 2023. Book now! 2023 E.M. Fletcher Award Presentation 19th September 2023
Join us for the E.M. Fletcher presentation event on Saturday 7 October 2023. Book now!.
Visit our volunteers at the FHACT table at Exhibition Park on Thursday 21 September 9.30am – 3.30pm. COTA Spring Seniors Expo 15th September 2023
Visit our volunteers at the FHACT table at Exhibition Park on Thursday 21 September 9.30am – 3.30pm..
We welcome Dr Rachel Woodhouse to talk about Epigenetics – Inheritance outside DNA DNA SIG 16 Sept Guest Speaker 12th September 2023
We welcome Dr Rachel Woodhouse to talk about Epigenetics – Inheritance outside DNA .
FHACT receives ACT Heritage funding for a book on the Society's activities over the last 60 years. 2023-24 ACT Heritage Grants 11th September 2023
FHACT receives ACT Heritage funding for a book on the Society's activities over the last 60 years..
The Running Waters of History hosted by Wyong Family History Group, Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sep 2023 NSW & ACT Annual Conference 1st September 2023
The Running Waters of History hosted by Wyong Family History Group, Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sep 2023.
Robert Nash Secretary of the Huguenots Society of Australia will talk about Huguenots lives September Monthly Meeting 10th August 2023
Robert Nash Secretary of the Huguenots Society of Australia will talk about Huguenots lives.
Join Chris Lindesay on 17 Aug to learn about the Camden Pedigree and its connection to Canberra The Camden Pedigree and Canberra 8th August 2023
Join Chris Lindesay on 17 Aug to learn about the Camden Pedigree and its connection to Canberra.
Join Christopher Day from The National Archives UK who will talk about tracing convict records Convict Group Guest Speaker 2nd August 2023
Join Christopher Day from The National Archives UK who will talk about tracing convict records.
Join some of our Family History ACT meetings during August and see what we are all about Come and Try Family History 2023 1st August 2023
Join some of our Family History ACT meetings during August and see what we are all about.
Andrew Redfern will talk about how Artificial Intelligence can assist in genealogical research BOOK NOW - Family History and AI 25th July 2023
Andrew Redfern will talk about how Artificial Intelligence can assist in genealogical research.
Join us for the Opening Ceremony for National Family History Month & a discussion on AI Monthly Meeting & NFHM Opening 10th July 2023
Join us for the Opening Ceremony for National Family History Month & a discussion on AI.
Join Brett Irwin from PRONI to discuss archival resources available online and on site Records in Northern Ireland 9th July 2023
Join Brett Irwin from PRONI to discuss archival resources available online and on site.
The 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition closes on Saturday 15th July. Enter your story now. WRITING COMPETITION: CLOSES SOON 9th July 2023
The 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition closes on Saturday 15th July. Enter your story now..
Join Dr Kate Bagnall from the Uni of Tasmania to discuss Chinese Australian Family History FHACT Monthly Members Meeting 24th June 2023
Join Dr Kate Bagnall from the Uni of Tasmania to discuss Chinese Australian Family History.
Pre-Order Now! Every Family has a Story: Stories from the 2022 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! 11th June 2023
Pre-Order Now! Every Family has a Story: Stories from the 2022 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition. .
Learn about NSW Primary Application Packets, Conditional Purchases and Deposited Plans Using NSW Land Records Part 2 29th May 2023
Learn about NSW Primary Application Packets, Conditional Purchases and Deposited Plans.
Join Zoë Reid from the National Archives of Ireland to discuss records available for Irish Convicts. Convict Special Interest Group Meeting 28th May 2023
Join Zoë Reid from the National Archives of Ireland to discuss records available for Irish Convicts..
Finding your ancestors in Victorian, NSW and Tasmanian Railway Employee Records with Therese Lynch Australia Special Interest Group Meeting 23rd May 2023
Finding your ancestors in Victorian, NSW and Tasmanian Railway Employee Records with Therese Lynch.
Enter your short story into the 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition. Prizes to be won! Writing Competition OPEN NOW 14th May 2023
Enter your short story into the 2023 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition. Prizes to be won!.
Forensic/Investigative Genetic Genealogy in the Australian Context - Ass. Professor Nathan Scudder. Guest Speaker DNA Interest Group 30th April 2023
Forensic/Investigative Genetic Genealogy in the Australian Context - Ass. Professor Nathan Scudder..
Dr Richard Reid will cast a last lingering look at Family Records: An immigrant’s backward look Guest Speaker Irish Interest Group 30th April 2023
Dr Richard Reid will cast a last lingering look at Family Records: An immigrant’s backward look.
The Black Lion Rampant: The Ancient Clan Buchanan Arises, the inauguration of a clan chief The Ancient Clan of Buchanan 16th April 2023
The Black Lion Rampant: The Ancient Clan Buchanan Arises, the inauguration of a clan chief.
Children’s Scavenger Hunt in Riverside Cemetery, Queanbeyan, 10 am - 2pm 
Sat 15 April Children’s Scavenger Hunt Qbn 5th April 2023
Children’s Scavenger Hunt in Riverside Cemetery, Queanbeyan, 10 am - 2pm Sat 15 April .
The Voices of Many: The significance of the Father Brian Maher Collection for research 4 April 2023 2023 Father Brian Maher Lecture 3rd April 2023
The Voices of Many: The significance of the Father Brian Maher Collection for research 4 April 2023 .
Don't miss the Family History ACT activities at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival Heritage Festival April 2023 2nd April 2023
Don't miss the Family History ACT activities at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.
Money, Missionaries, Madness and Murder: biographical sources for British women in India 1860-1900 Guest Speaker at India Group 20th March 2023
Money, Missionaries, Madness and Murder: biographical sources for British women in India 1860-1900.
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Or where to go next? Beginning Family History Course 6th March 2023
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Or where to go next?.
Visit the Cook Community Hub to see 'On our Selections – District Life of the 19th Century' New hallway exhibition OPEN NOW! 2nd March 2023
Visit the Cook Community Hub to see 'On our Selections – District Life of the 19th Century'.
Learn about the Historical Geography, Maps and Land Title Records of early New South Wales Intro to Land Titles & Maps 15th February 2023
Learn about the Historical Geography, Maps and Land Title Records of early New South Wales.
2022 National Trust(ACT) Heritage Significant Project Award was awarded to Family History ACT New Heritage award for FHACT 12th February 2023
2022 National Trust(ACT) Heritage Significant Project Award was awarded to Family History ACT.
Join Debra Carter as she discusses how the professionals approach family history research Research like a Professional 9th January 2023
Join Debra Carter as she discusses how the professionals approach family history research.
2022
What would you like for Christmas? Have your family been asking? Or you could treat yourself! My 2022 Christmas Wish List… 9th December 2022
What would you like for Christmas? Have your family been asking? Or you could treat yourself! .
‘There are no strangers here only friends you haven’t met yet’. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) "Return to Tipperary" Weekend 3rd December 2022
‘There are no strangers here only friends you haven’t met yet’. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).
Personal reflections on an informative, motivating and very social week of conferencing FHDU 2022 - Family History Down Under 23rd November 2022
Personal reflections on an informative, motivating and very social week of conferencing.
Pre-order the new volume of stories from the 2021 E.M. Fletcher competition at a discounted price. Every Family has a Story 2021 5th November 2022
Pre-order the new volume of stories from the 2021 E.M. Fletcher competition at a discounted price..
FHACT members now have FREE unlimited access to the 1921 England and Wales Census 1921 Census comes to Cook 2nd November 2022
FHACT members now have FREE unlimited access to the 1921 England and Wales Census.
Come to the free conservation clinic on Sunday 13 November at the Hall Heritage Centre. Taking Care of your Treasures 24th October 2022
Come to the free conservation clinic on Sunday 13 November at the Hall Heritage Centre..
The winner of the 2022 E.M. Fletcher Award was announced at a special event on Sat 15 Oct. WRITING COMPETITION WINNER 23rd October 2022
The winner of the 2022 E.M. Fletcher Award was announced at a special event on Sat 15 Oct. .
Join us for the 2022 Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra Annual General Meeting 2022 Annual General Meeting 20th October 2022
Join us for the 2022 Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra Annual General Meeting.
For more information download this document
Join us for a number of events during October 2022 as we explore Australia’s convict past Invitation to Convict Month 16th October 2022
Join us for a number of events during October 2022 as we explore Australia’s convict past.
Join a panel of three eminent speakers to explore researching convict lives using historic data sets Talking About Convicts Seminar 28th September 2022
Join a panel of three eminent speakers to explore researching convict lives using historic data sets.
For more information download this document
FHACT receives funding for new Canberra Tracks AR videos and the Father Brian Maher project 2022-23 ACT Heritage Grants 17th September 2022
FHACT receives funding for new Canberra Tracks AR videos and the Father Brian Maher project .
Join us for this exhibition. 
Black Mountain Nature Reserve – A Special Place is on show now. New Hallway Display at Cook 17th September 2022
Join us for this exhibition. Black Mountain Nature Reserve – A Special Place is on show now..
Join us in the Education Room as we stream the 35th Annual NSW ACT Family History Conference Riding the Waves of History 6th September 2022
Join us in the Education Room as we stream the 35th Annual NSW ACT Family History Conference.
Website: Conference website
Visit FHACT during family history month and see the new hallway display 'Heritage Matters' FHACT Hallway Display at Cook 31st August 2022
Visit FHACT during family history month and see the new hallway display 'Heritage Matters'.
Two new free member-only courses about the latest updates at Ancestry.com and My Heritage Explore Ancestry & My Heritage 9th August 2022
Two new free member-only courses about the latest updates at Ancestry.com and My Heritage.
Family History Month gets underway with free Come and Try sessions for our Members’ Groups Family History Month at FHACT 8th August 2022
Family History Month gets underway with free Come and Try sessions for our Members’ Groups.
Karen Rogers from the Guild of One Names Studies joins us to discuss the work of the Guild. August Monthly Members Meeting 22nd July 2022
Karen Rogers from the Guild of One Names Studies joins us to discuss the work of the Guild..
FHACT’s newest Special Interest Group, the India SIG will have first meeting on 6 August 2022
India Special Interest Group 22nd July 2022
FHACT’s newest Special Interest Group, the India SIG will have first meeting on 6 August 2022 .
Martyn Killion, Director of Collections at NSW State Archives joins us to look at what’s new July Monthly Members Meeting 2nd July 2022
Martyn Killion, Director of Collections at NSW State Archives joins us to look at what’s new.
Find out about the upcoming Irish research talks on Sat 2 July and Sat 9 July. 
Book your place now! RESEARCHING IRISH ANCESTORS 2nd July 2022
Find out about the upcoming Irish research talks on Sat 2 July and Sat 9 July. Book your place now!.
A three-week on-line course with Michelle Leonard to advance your DNA research skills 1027 Advancing DNA research 30th June 2022
A three-week on-line course with Michelle Leonard to advance your DNA research skills.
Expressions of interest for the Irish History Retreat at Galong in November 2022 close June 30! Express your interest today! 17th June 2022
Expressions of interest for the Irish History Retreat at Galong in November 2022 close June 30!.
For more information download this document
Join Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist in a short course to enliven your writing Shaping Research into Stories 10th June 2022
Join Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist in a short course to enliven your writing.
Join our Convict SIG meeting on 8 June 2022 to learn about Convicts in the Parramatta Region The Convict era in Parramatta 27th May 2022
Join our Convict SIG meeting on 8 June 2022 to learn about Convicts in the Parramatta Region.
See the latest exhibition at the Cook Community Hub about cricket on the Limestone Plains. Fooling Around in Flannels 8th May 2022
See the latest exhibition at the Cook Community Hub about cricket on the Limestone Plains..
16 May 2022 Brian Donovan presents a Zoom seminar Tracing Poor & Destitute Irish 8th May 2022
16 May 2022 Brian Donovan presents a Zoom seminar "Tracing the poor and destitute Irish"..
Join us between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 1 May for the FHACT Library Open day. 
All Welcome. Curious FHACTs Library Open Day 25th April 2022
Join us between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 1 May for the FHACT Library Open day. All Welcome..
Dr Richard Reid delivers the Inaugural Father Brian Maher Lecture : April Meeting: Dr Richard Reid 2nd April 2022
Dr Richard Reid delivers the Inaugural Father Brian Maher Lecture :"The Irish in Canberra".
9 April 2022 Visit us at Duntroon Dairy as we take part in the Canberra Heritage Festival FHACT Stall at Duntroon Dairy 2nd April 2022
9 April 2022 Visit us at Duntroon Dairy as we take part in the Canberra Heritage Festival.
The English & Welsh SIG hosts special guest Ian Waller for a talk on researching in London. Ian Waller: In & Out of London 4th March 2022
The English & Welsh SIG hosts special guest Ian Waller for a talk on researching in London..
March 26 Join us at Morning Tea for a library tour and learn about being a Library volunteer. Volunteer at Family History ACT 3rd March 2022
March 26 Join us at Morning Tea for a library tour and learn about being a Library volunteer. .
Mary-Anne Gourley (FIBIS) joins our Monthly meeting to talk about research in British India. British India research tips 25th February 2022
Mary-Anne Gourley (FIBIS) joins our Monthly meeting to talk about research in British India..
Finding Convicts at the NSW State Archives & Records - including a Question & Answer session NSW Archives Convict Records 23rd January 2022
Finding Convicts at the NSW State Archives & Records - including a Question & Answer session.
Get your 2022 DNA Research off with a bang at our DNA Summer session live with Diahan Southard FHACT DNA SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 8th January 2022
Get your 2022 DNA Research off with a bang at our DNA Summer session live with Diahan Southard.
For more information download this document
2021
“Heritage Matters” Exhibition 7th December 2021
"Heritage Matters" Exhibition at the ACT Heritage Library reopened for viewing until Feb 2022..
What's on your Christmas Wish List? We've done the work for you with our gift suggestions. All I want for Christmas is… 5th December 2021
What's on your Christmas Wish List? We've done the work for you with our gift suggestions..
For more information download this document
Celebrate with Simon Fowler's presentation on Christmas Food and drink through the ages. 2021 Christmas Celebration 14th November 2021
Celebrate with Simon Fowler's presentation on Christmas Food and drink through the ages..
For more information download this document
Family History ACT is pleased to announce and welcome its recently elected office bearers. Welcome to 2021 Councillors 12th November 2021
Family History ACT is pleased to announce and welcome its recently elected office bearers..
 Join us on Monday Nov 15 at 7:00 pm for Dr Janet Few's presentation on Forgotten Women Seminar: Forgotten Women 29th October 2021
Join us on Monday Nov 15 at 7:00 pm for Dr Janet Few's presentation on Forgotten Women.
Website: More information
‘JUST TELL ME I AM NOT RELATED TO MY BOYFRIEND!’ a frustrated cry that is now a family legend. Write your family history 29th October 2021
‘JUST TELL ME I AM NOT RELATED TO MY BOYFRIEND!’ a frustrated cry that is now a family legend..
How does a genealogy society celebrate its birthday? With friends, music and cake of course! FHACTs Birthday Hootananny 26th October 2021
How does a genealogy society celebrate its birthday? With friends, music and cake of course! .
C&DHS pay tribute to prominent member Father Brian Maher in its October 2021 journal. Father Brian Maher Tribute 18th October 2021
C&DHS pay tribute to prominent member Father Brian Maher in its October 2021 journal..
Learn more about FindMyPast resources in four exciting webinars presented during October. FindMyPast October Webinars 18th October 2021
Learn more about FindMyPast resources in four exciting webinars presented during October..
9 October : Winner of the 2021 E.M. Fletcher Award announced at a special FHACT event 2021 E.M. Fletcher Award – WINNER 9th October 2021
9 October : Winner of the 2021 E.M. Fletcher Award announced at a special FHACT event .
The family of Thomas and Jane Cavanagh - from Tynagh, Ireland to Mulligans Flat, Canberra The Cavanagh Family Canberra 4th October 2021
The family of Thomas and Jane Cavanagh - from Tynagh, Ireland to Mulligans Flat, Canberra.
New book with stories from the 2020 E.M. Fletcher writing competition. Pre-order now. Buy: Every Family has a Story 6th September 2021
New book with stories from the 2020 E.M. Fletcher writing competition. Pre-order now..
During NSW History week, explore some of the records of Early NSW available through FHACT Records of Early NSW at FHACT 6th September 2021
During NSW History week, explore some of the records of Early NSW available through FHACT .
NSW & ACT Family History Conference Conference "With Conviction" 2nd September 2021
NSW & ACT Family History Conference "With Conviction: Beyond reasonable doubt" .
Website: Conference Website
FHACT receives funding for new Canberra Tracks AR videos and the Father Brian Maher project 2021-22 ACT Heritage Grants 24th August 2021
FHACT receives funding for new Canberra Tracks AR videos and the Father Brian Maher project .
Professor Peter Stanley launches our “Heritage Matters” Exhibition 8th August 2021
Professor Peter Stanley launches our "Heritage Matters" exhibition at ACT Heritage Library..
FHACT Member Bernadette Thakur awarded this year's T. T. Reed Family History Award. FHACT Member receives Award 21st July 2021
FHACT Member Bernadette Thakur awarded this year's T. T. Reed Family History Award..
Website: T. T. Reed Family History Award
UPDATED version of app released on 15th February. You can now download the Member Jungle mobile app and stay up to date with what's going on in FHACT. Download our New Mobile App 15th February 2021
UPDATED version of app released on 15th February. You can now download the Member Jungle mobile app and stay up to date with what's going on in FHACT. .
2020
Family History for Beginners & Beyond 16th edition is now in its second reprint. Copies are available from the Bookshop. Family History for Beginners & Beyond 16th edition 18th December 2020
Family History for Beginners & Beyond 16th edition is now in its second reprint. Copies are available from the Bookshop..