COVID-19 update 15/11/2020

The Resource Centre will be open for pre-booked visits on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am until 1pm.  There will be one Library Assistant on duty.

Six computers, suitably socially distanced, are available for private research.  You MUST book online NO LATER THAN THE DAY BEFORE you wish to visit.  You will see that bookings times are staggered to avoid congestion at the front desk, and that each time slot is for two hours.  Members will be able to visit once each week.  No unauthorised person will be permitted to enter the Resource Centre without a booking.  The Centre will close at 1 pm. For those who are unable to book online, you can ring the Library Office for a booking to be made over the phone, during the new shorter opening hours.

 No printing will be available (to minimise touching printer buttons, paper drawers, touch screen etc) so please remember to bring your own USB to save the information you discover.  No money or credit card facilities will be available.  Please bring your own water as the kitchen is off-limits.  Bathroom facilities are available as usual.

Cleaning wipes for computer keyboard and mouse will be beside each computer as well as hand sanitiser for personal use.  Masks and gloves are not required but if you wish to wear your own, please feel free to do so.  Wiping clean the keyboard and mouse of the computer you use is your responsibility.

We ask that you are patient as we negotiate this first step together, and be assured we are keen to open more fully as soon as possible.  The health and safety of all members is our priority, and we are grateful for those Library Assistants who have volunteered their time under these new circumstance.

Bookings can be made through the Member’s Area website under Bookings

We look forward to seeing you.

Resource 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 resource centre
  • 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 Resource Centre at Blackburn, where volunteer Resource Centre 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 Resource Centre. They also have voluntary Resource Centre 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) has a Resource 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 organisation. Volunteer members assist by carrying out all the other tasks required to competently operate the Resource Centre 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 Resource Centre. 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 Resource Centre 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 Resource Centre 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: Bev Greenway and Carolann Thomson
Treasurer: Ron Grimes
Secretary: Pauline Turville

Wendy Brown - Promotions Coordinator
Gary Fitzgerald - Network Administrator
Bev Greenway - Co-ordinator of Volunteers
Gail White - Records Manager
Darralyn Cusack - Membership Secretary
Mary Middleton
Carolann Thomson
Gregor Mason
Wendy Eldridge
Chris Collins

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
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 resource centre 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.

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 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.