Bendigo Family History Group

Genealogy Research


 The Bendigo Family History Group conducts a monthly meeting on the third Saturday of each month, except for December & January.

The meeting commences with Business at 2 pm and a Guest Speaker commences around 2.10 pm.


Meetings are held at Bendigo Goldfields Library room 1, entrance in Hargreaves St

The meeting program usually includes a talk by a speaker on a subject associated with family history, genealogy or a related subject. There is an opportunity to socialise with other attendees over light refreshments.

Meetings are not exclusively for members, members of the public are most welcome. A gold coin donation is accepted.


                                MONTHLY MEETINGS 2017

  January - No meeting                                                                                             

 February 18th - speaker Janet McCalman, author, Vandemonians of Bendigo Janet is a published author of three award winning books.     

 March 18th - speaker Carolyn Morrisey, British Military Records & Family History Carolyn is a member of AIGS Council and the coordinator of Regional and Interest Groups.    

April 22nd - speaker Jennifer McNeice, Australian Military Exemption Courts 1916          Jennifer is a    member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria and SAG. A local historian and writer, conducting advice and workshops to other researchers.

May 20th - speaker Dianne Packer, Starting German Research Dianne has developed a particular interest in searching records from The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Great Britain. How and where to access German civilian records will be explored.

June 17th - speakers Patricia Ibbotson & Pam Keown The Boys of Tragowel   Patricia & Pam have researched and written a book on the above lads of Tragowel who went to war. They will share their experience while engaged in producing their book.

July 15th - speaker Vivien Newton on Using Find my Past, Ancestry and other online resourses, Viv is a Senior Librarian and has many years experience assisting people with Family and Local Research  in Bendigo.

August 19th - speaker Lyn Thorne Irish Records in 2017 Lyn is currently a volunteer library assistant and member of the research team and records management at the AIGS in Blackburn. Her talk will cover the newly available Irish records and how to access them.

September 16th - Topic of discussion Brick walls - Running into & Demolishing them.

October 21st - Speaker Mike Butcher  Love Revisited the builder/architect Robert Love and St Paul's Cathedral of Bendigo. His great grandson and his research on family.

November 18th - Speaker Dr Rebecca Kippen " What killed the Convicts ? causes of mortality of convicts transported to Van Diemena Land" Dr Kippen is Associate Professor of Demography in the school of Rural Health Monash University, Bendigo. Her  research includes life course analysis of Tasmanian Convicts, Victorian Aborigines, and Word War one veterans. 

                         December No Meeting