Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


Member benefits

Members of the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra can:

  • Access our library during opening hours
  • Receive our journal The Ancestral Searcher published 4 times per year
  • Attend monthly meetings with guest speakers held at the Cook Community Hall
  • Attend educational programs throughout the year
  • Participate in other activities, including bus tours and cemetery picnics
  • Receive free research advice to members for those facing an apparent ‘brick wall’
  • Receive a 10% discount when purchasing books published by the Society
  • Access reciprocal arrangements with State organisations except the Society of Australian Genealogist in Sydney (see below)
  • Participate in any or all thirteen Special Interest Groups

Click here to read our brochure setting out member benefits.

Become a member

Visit our Shop to join the society.

Reciprocal Arrangements

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) has reciprocal arrangements with a number of Australasian family history societies. This enables HAGSOC members to use their library facilities when visiting. You need to produce your current membership card on arrival. The following societies are party to reciprocal arrangements.


Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies their website

Genealogical Society of Victoria their website


Genealogical Society of Queensland their website

Queensland Family History Society their website

South Australia

South Australian Genealogy& Heraldry Society their website

Western Australia

Western Australian Genealogical Society their website


Tasmanian Family History Society their website

Northern Territory

Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory their website

New Zealand

Family History Society of New Zealand

New Zealand Society of Genealogists their website

New South Wales

Although the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) has reciprocal arrangement with other societies, it has declined offers from the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. Nevertheless as a gesture of goodwill, HAGSOC welcomes members of SAG to our Library.