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Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
(Affiliated with Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.)

Warrnambool FHG  

The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. is based in Warrnambool.
Our Reference Library is at HeritageWorks, 2 Gilles Street, Warrnambool. 
Our website can be found at  http://home.vicnet.net.au/~aigswbl/

We are open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00am to noon and 1.30 pm to 3.30pm; and weekends and other times by appointment. The Group staffs the Library on a volunteer roster at most times during these hours. For enquiries please call (03) 5561 0283. Special arrangements can sometimes be made to open the Library for visitors from outside the Warrnambool district, by writing to the address below and advising of the date and time of your visit:
   The Area Administrator
   P O Box 607
   Warrnambool VIC 3280

The Resources Collection of the Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. is housed in the  Reference Library at HeritageWorks, but can only be accessed when the Library is attended by a member of the Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
 
Resources Collection
A large range of local, Australian and overseas resources comprises the collection of the Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. and includes books, microfiche, microfilm and CD-ROM records.
A large collection is held of:
District cemetery burial registers and memorials
Local funeral director Beattie and Phillips' records
Church of England records for the Warrnambool and Allansford churches
Death notices from the 'Warrnambool Standard' and 'Hamilton Spectator.'
All the pre 1900 Rate Books for the City of Warrnambool and the Shire of Warrnambool
A card file comprising some 17,000 cards on district persons, which is continually being updated
All these are great sources of information. Most Australian BDMs are available on microfiche, or CD-ROM covering Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. New CD-ROMS are added, as they become available.
A 1984 copy of the IGI is held, but 1994 portions have been added for Australia, New Zealand and a number of overseas countries or parts thereof.
Victorian Assisted and Unassisted Shipping records and indexes are held and added to, as new records become available. Current Tasmanian Shipping records are also in the collection.
The Reference Library at HeritageWorks holds a huge collection of maritime books and material on the history of the Warrnambool Port and these are fully accessible by the Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
The Museum's Library also contains an extensive collection of Victorian Government Gazettes, which are a very rich source of information for family historians.
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. exchanges newsletters with a large number of other Groups and Societies. These newsletters and journals are part of the Resources Collection.
 
Meetings
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. meets on the second Wednesday of the month, February to November inclusive, at TAFE, Kepler Street entrance, Building F, entrance 4 - room WF305; at 7.30pm. (During school semester breaks, the meeting will be moved elsewhere - as announced on our website under 'Calendar of Events').
 
Membership
Please direct all membership enquiries, or forward payments to:
The Treasurer
PO Box 607
Warrnambool VIC 3280
Research Service
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. provides a research service covering the resources of the group, the Museum Reference Library and the Warrnambool City Library. Requests for research should be addressed to:
Research Officer
PO Box 607
Warrnambool VIC 3280
The Research Officer will then provide details of fees and disbursements involved. No research will be performed until a research fee has been received.
 
Newsletter
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. publishes 10 issues per year of a monthly newsletter, 'The South-West Genealogist,' from February to November. The newsletter may be obtained by payment to:
The Treasurer
PO Box 607
Warrnambool VIC 3280
The current subscription rate is $8.00 per annum. The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. welcomes the exchange of newsletter with other Groups and Societies, so please contact the Area Administrator at the address above to arrange an exchange.
The editor of the newsletter welcomes contributions for publication in 'The South-west Genealogist.' Articles of interest to members may be used, subject to availability of space.
Please send contributions to:
The Editor
The South-West Genealogist
PO Box 607
Warrnambool VIC 3280

Resources Available for Research
The Death Notices from the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper have been collected and indexed and are available on
fiche 1982   - 1992 and 1992 - 1996. This is an ongoing project
Your ancestors may be found in selected death notices - up till 1990 - others are available but not collated. These can
give information about four and even five generations of families
Beattie and Phillips, Funeral Directors, Warrnambool, Burial information from 1865 - 1923. These have been indexed and the Indexes are available for purchase on fiche
The Critchett Index of the Warrnambool Examiner, 1853 - 1859 includes births, deaths and marriages, as well as matters of local interest
The Cathcart Index of the Warrnambool Examiner, Dec. 1857 - Dec. 1876 - Here you may be fortunate to find a date
 of death, an obituary or inquest. This Index also includes births and marriages (indexed by groom and bride)
Monumental Inscriptions of Warrnambool Cemetery, on hard copy, compiled by the Meadley Family up to 1980.
We also have the fiche produced by the AIGS for this resource
The Meadley Family also compiled a list of  'Foreign Births' at the Cemetery, and with their permission Marie Boyce compiled the following:

English Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980
Irish Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980
Scottish Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980
Welsh Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980
Births, Deaths, Marriages, Obituaries and Inquests taken from the Warrnambool Examiner Newspaper,
1853 - 1859, 1860 - 1862, 1863 to 1865 inclusive
We hold four microfilms of the early Warrnambool Examiner Newspaper - the rest are available at our City Library
Do not give up hope of finding information about a local death, as many of our early settlers were buried at the
Tower Hill Cemetery,  and we do hold those records from c1857 -1980
Other Cemetery records held by Warrnambool include Port Fairy 1869 - 1935, Terang 1891-1997, Camperdown
1845 -1984.  Information is available concerning interments in the smaller cemeteries in the surrounding districts.

The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. conducts monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except for January and December. The meetings commence at 7.30pm.
The venue is TAFE, Kepler Street entrance, Building F, entrance 4 - room WF305
The Area Administrator is Judy Miller  -  Phone (03) 5566 3217
The meeting programs usually include a talk by a speaker on a subject associated with Family History, Genealogy or a related subject. Visitors are always most welcome.







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