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About us

Details about the Genealogical Society of Victoria can be found on the GSV web site.


The Principal Objects are detailed in clause 2(a)-(g) of the Statement of Purposes. In a paraphrase, they are: To assist the members in tracing their ancestors.

Council is committed to this objective as the under-pinning of the society’s work and its reason for existence. Members’ interests are best protected whilst this objective is pursued.


  • Access to a team of friendly volunteer research assistants trained to help you with our library resources
  • Access to our comprehensive library collection of indexes, microforms, books, CDs and searchable digital resources such as directories and gazettes
  • Free library access to Ancestry, FindMyPast, British Origins, Burke's Peerage Online and Documents Online
  • Our award-winning quarterly journal Ancestor
  • Online access to enhanced library catalogue and databases, including members’ interests in Victoria
  • Free publication in the 'Members Queries' feature in Ancestor (one per year)
  • Online access to our enhanced library catalogue and databases including Genealogical Index of Names (GIN), containing nearly four million entries
  • RSS links to new material as it becomes available
  • Online access to Guided Research for Australian states, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland. the best starting point for newcomers to genealogy
  • Free eResearch service for short research requests
  • Two hours free research per year for members residing more than 100 kms from Melbourne
  • Discount on our extensive range of family history products and services
  • Classes on computer based resources
  • Talks each Thursday 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Substantial discounts on seminars, lectures, tutorials and educational programs
  • Special Interest Groups and Discussion Circles