National Family History Month is back: 30 days of genie research

7 Posted by - 7 August 2016 - Events

Family historians around Australia, rejoice: National Family History Month is back! To celebrate, we’ve decided to revisit convenor Shauna Hicks’ thoughts on why this month is such an exciting one for Australian family history research.  

For individuals researching their family history, National Family History Month (NFHM) is a great opportunity to participate in events happening in your town, suburb or even your street. In recent years there’s been a variety of online events as well.

What is National Family History Month? 

NFHM is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event since August 2006 when it was celebrated during the first week of August. Due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013.

Courtesy State Library of Victoria, ID H2013.7/82.

Courtesy State Library of Victoria, ID H2013.7/82.

For genealogy and family history societies, it’s a time to promote your society to the hundreds of thousands of people across Australia who are researching their genealogy and family history and to help them understand the social context within which their ancestors lived. Reports from previous years indicate that many societies gain new members during August while participating in NFHM activities.

How do I participate in National Family History Month? 

Individuals can see what’s happening near them by visiting the events page for their state and then checking for their postcode, but also check surrounding postcodes because some events may be worth the travel time. Remember, too, that there are online events that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Crowds peer over a fence, c.1934. Photographed by Sam Hood. Courtesy State Library NSW, ID DG ON4/4764.

Crowds peer over a fence, c.1934. Photographed by Sam Hood. Courtesy State Library NSW, ID DG ON4/4764.

Find a National Family History Month event near you!

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