Background

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