Newcastle Family History Society Inc.

Welcome Family Historians to Newcastle NSW Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

Newcastle Family History Society acknowledges the First Nations peoples and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the people of the Awabakal and Worimi nations, the traditional custodians of the land on which our Society is based. NFHS also acknowledges and pays respect to the other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from whose lands our members and readers are drawn.

About the Newcastle Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1983 and operates from the former Mechanics Institute at 68 Elder Street, Lambton. Membership is open to anyone interested in their own family history, Hunter Valley history and family history or history in general – no matter where they live. Society activities for both members and members and friends are organised.

The Society has a dedicated group of elected and voluntary members who make decisions to help the Society run smoothly and effectively. This team is very open to new ideas so if you have any suggestions please send an email to the secretary or post a message in the Suggestion Box at the front desk. The Management team would welcome others who would like to join them.

Our Library houses a great number of books, journals, maps, microfilm and microfiche records, CD and USB records, indexes, cemetery transcripts and local and family histories. Our computers have access to Find My Past and wifi is freely available throughout our rooms. The Society researches and writes publications of significance to family historians and produces a Journal four times a year. 

We accept donations of material in accordance with our Library Collections Policy so even if you are not a member we can assess images, books and research material that you may be considering sending to the dump. This is especially important for specific research into a particular family that will be very valuable.

Join Our Society

The Newcastle Family History Society Inc. exists to provide support and encouragement for those interested in family history.

Our society encourages the exchange of ideas and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere.

Society News & Events

Newcastle Family History Society with Maitland & Beyond Family History
are hosting the
37th Annual Conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies
16-18 September 2022


NSW & ACT AFHS Conference

Newcastle Family History Society with Maitland & Beyond Family History are hosting the 37th Annual Conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies 16-18 September 2022

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Maitland Gaol Visit

Friday 5 August will see us meeting at 10.00am to visit Maitland Gaol.
You will need to book your ticket online.
It is a self-guided tour.
If we escape the Gaol, we will have lunch at the Hunter River Hotel.

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Newcastle War Cemetery Tour

August 14 – FREE tour of our local Commonwealth War Cemetery at Maitland Road, Sandgate. Renowned local historian Ed Tonks, OAM has volunteered to lead the tour. You’ll hear stories of Army, Navy, Marine and Royal Marine servicemen who are buried in the cemetery.

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Seminar Sunday 21 August

10.00am-11.00am—What did you say your ancestor died from? Archaic medical terms
11.30am-12.30pm—Photographing graves, using Find a Grave and BillionGraves websites
12.30pm-1.30pm—Using the Family Search to enhance your family history research – presented by Family Search
2.30pm-3.30pm—Open forum. Please send questions in advance to [email protected] for discussion at the forum

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Rookwood Cemetery Visit

We will be visiting Rookwood Cemetery on Friday 2 September.
We will travel to the four cemeteries at Rookwood for the purposes of private research.
• Rookwood General Cemetery
• Rookwood Catholic Cemetery
• Rookwood Crematorium
• Sydney War Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance

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They Served Their Country

Do you have a serviceman or woman in your family whose story deserves to be shared with others? We are looking for stories of service either on the home front or in any theatre of war.

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Library and Meeting Rooms:
Former Mechanics Institute
68 Elder Street
Lambton NSW 2299

Library Opening Hours:
Thursday: 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm

1st Tuesday of the month

Summer Meetings:
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Winter Meetings:
2:00pm to 3:30pm