Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.



The 2021 Writing Competition closes 15 July 2021, so there is still time to submit your entry.
Sue Pillans provides a short review of the book by Dr Rory Sweetman "Defending Trinity College Dublin Easter 1916 - Anzacs and the Rising"
Janette and Chris Lindesay introduces the opportunity for us to enrich our heritage and engage in the creation of a coat of arms for the Australian Capital Territory.
Have you started writing your story for the E.M. Fletcher writing award? Looking for hints? Start 'rummaging' and see what you come up with.
2020 was a year of disruption, but somehow the pandemic sharpened our focus on what makes life meaningful. Let’s use that focus to start our research plan for 2021.
Welcome to 2021, and a reminder the Library will open Tuesday 12 January.
Following is a teaser for Sue's full article. It tells the story of her grandmothers first fiancée. For the full story go to the October 2020 HAGSOC Hibernation Harbinger.
Elaine Gifford provides a review of the military history chapter in the latest edition of Family History for Beginners & Beyond.
Simon Hall has authored a very interesting article related to the local Duntroon Bell. It also highlights some of the maps available for genealogy research.
Sue Pillans has highlighted the importance of using maps in research and included references to get started.
October 3, Saturday afternoon just over 60 people met in our first face-to-face event since COVID shutdown. The winner of the E.M. Fletcher writing award was announced and presented by the committee and the judges.
Sue Mann and Jo Rush let us know some of the interesting things that are available through the selection of exchange journals now available in the Members Area of our website.
With the HAGSOC Library opening up again, Barbara Moore gives us an insight into some of the gems in our library of over 14,500 books, both Australian and overseas.
HAGSOC has benefited from the ACT Heritage grants on two projects which lift our profile in the community and extend our searching capability for the Father Brian Maher collection.
Recently Gina Tooke lead a project team continuing to index the Admission Registers for one of our local schools. The HAGSOC Library now holds a copy of the indexes.
A number of organisations have made their in house databases and/or their subscription sites available for FREE online during the COVID-19 lockdown. Sue has provided a short-list and description of some of these sites.
The 16th edition of "Family History for Beginners and Beyond" is a resource that everyone researching their Australian roots should have as a reference guide.
In this age of technology there are so many genealogy tools to choose from and everyone wants to know which ones are best. Ann Peut has put together a list of her favourite tools. (The article was also in the July HHH.)
With National Family History Month in August, Sue Pillans has put together some hints and tips for getting started (and continuing) with your family history.