Library and Research Centre

Unit 1, 41 Railway Rd (corner of Queen St) Blackburn VIC 3130 

(Opposite the Blackburn Railway Station and two bus stops)

(03) 9877 3789

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Non-members: $20.00/day or  $10 from 1pm



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday evening  7pm - 10pm
Thursday Closed
Friday  1pm - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
3rd Sunday of the month (May - October) 12noon - 4pm

Facilities and services

  • See our resources page for resources available in the library
  • 2 film and fiche scanners
  • 18 computers
  • Traditional film and fiche readers 
  • Photocopying of books (Restrictions apply)
  • Printouts from fiche, film and computers
  • Scanning of film and fiche
  • Services as listed on our services page
  • Seminars and other events

Bendigo Branch

Bendigo Family History Group

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The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) was founded in 1973 by Don Grant and Peter Foard, who became the first President and Vice-President. The AIGS grew over the years, moving several times as the membership and resources increased. There is an extensive Library at Blackburn, where volunteer Library Assistants are available to assist members and visitors with their family research. 

In 2018, a new registered business name was launched - Family History Connections - to better reflect the work of the organsiation. The original logo has been retained and the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies name is still used for legal and financial purposes. 

The Bendigo Family History Group holds monthly meetings with invited speakers, and has an extensive resource collection which is housed in the Bendigo Library. They also have voluntary Library Assistants to assist members and visitors with their family history, particularly in the Bendigo area. Read more

A range of Interest Groups hold monthly meetings to share information, help members with their research and to host guest speakers. Read more 

The award-winning magazine, The Genealogist, available to all members in either hard copy or as an e-journal, is published quarterly.

Two family history book awards are presented annually - the Alexander Henderson Award and the Don Grant Award. Read more


Family History Connections (FHC) is a Library and Research Centre staffed by volunteer members for the benefit of FHC members and visitors.

There is a paid, part-time Office Manager, who carries out the day to day running of the organization. Volunteer members assist by carrying out all the other tasks required to competently operate the Library and assist members with their research. 

Everyone gains expertise in various fields throughout their lives, and these skills could be of assistance in the running of the Library. You could be well qualified to join our dedicated band of Volunteers in some area of interest. We welcome all new volunteers and provide training in their chosen area.

Members assist with everything from housekeeping and maintenance; publicity and helping at outside events; preparing ‘The Genealogist’ magazine; acquisition, processing and care of the Library collection; financial matters; membership; Interest Groups; information technology and computers; education and talks; transcription and indexing of records; co-ordinating Volunteers; research for members and non-members; the web site and Facebook; helping members as Library Assistants; and being on the Council.

If you are able to spare any time, from as little as a few hours a month to some time each week, we would welcome your assistance and invite you to join our very friendly band of volunteers.

Please contact the Office Manager with your details, or any queries, and you will be contacted by the Volunteers Co-ordinator.


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President: Gail White
Vice Presidents: Robin Stutchbury and Carolann Thomson
Treasurer: Ron Grimes
Assistant Secretary: Pauline Turville

Wendy Brown - Co-ordinator of Outside Events and Publicity
Gary Fitzgerald - Network Administrator
Bev Greenway - Co-ordinator of Volunteers
Mary Middleton
Marg Stammers - Membership Secretary
Jenny Wyke - Research Co-ordinator

Non-Council Positions:
Education - Gail White
Magazine Editor - Carolann Thomson
Interest Groups & Area Co-ordinator - Mary Middleton
News & Events Newsletter - Cheryl Heazlewood
Property & Maintenance Manager - Robin Stutchbury
Records Manager - Gail White
Website - Linda Farrell

Purpose statement

The purposes for which the Institute is established are:              

  • To promote and encourage the study of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects throughout Australia and to educate members and others in genealogical research.        
  • To promote the provision of easier access by the public to public records and record repositories throughout Australia.   
  • To acquire and maintain a reference and research library covering all aspects of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects for the use of members and others and to collect and preserve archives devoted to the history of Australian families and related material.   
  • To make records and indexes of monumental inscriptions, parish registers and other genealogical sources.     
  • To conduct regular meetings and lectures covering the various aspects of genealogical and heraldic studies.

Privacy statement

The AIGS collects personal information about members to allow it to maintain membership records and provide services to members. If you indicate an interest in volunteer or Interest Group activities, the information may be shared within the AIGS to allow a response to this interest.

The AIGS does not disclose personal information to any third party, unless the third party is contracted by the Institute to provide administrative services or activities on its behalf.  In these circumstances the AIGS makes sure that the third party is bound by the same rules.  Personal information will also be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the law.  At any time you may request access to the personal information that the AIGS holds about you and advise us of any inaccuracies.

 If we do not obtain the information we seek, we may not be able to:

  ▪ process your renewal/application

  ▪ mail your copy of The Genealogist

  ▪ provide information about services offered by AIGS

Your signature on the Application Form will confirm that you have read and agree with this Privacy Statement.

 Legal  Disclaimer

 Information contained on this website is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. Every care has been taken to ensure the information provided is accurate. We cannot be liable for any error or omission in this publication or for damages arising from its supply, performance or use, and make no warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, in relation to this website.