Meetings & Activities

Meetings & Activities

Our monthly meetings are informative evenings, with either a guest speaker or one or more members presenting a subject of interest to family historians.

Our meetings are held at 7.30 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month. 

Members - Free.

Visitors welcome - $2.00 donation.

We also run occasional courses in family history research.

The 2024 Events Diary provides a summary of forthcoming events.


From 1st February our rooms will be open every Tuesday for both GGG members and the general public from 10am till 1.00pm. There will be a GGG member present but no help will be available. 

Research Assistance

GGG Volunteers are in attendance in the Family History Room on Thursday afternoons between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. 

GGG volunteers are available to assist members and visitors to undertake research using the resources in the Family History Room.

The Gisborne Genealogical Group does not undertake research for people. Our aim is to foster interest in family history research and to continue to build our collection of resources for individual family history researchers.

Researchers seeking information about individuals or families who may have previously lived in the Gisborne or Mount Macedon districts should contact the Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society.

2024 Events Diary

Annual Stocktake & Cleanup Day

3rd February 2024 (Sat)

Starting at 9am

Genealogy Workshops

1st Saturday of the month. These run for 2 hours, from 10.00am to 12 Noon. Numbers are limited to 15 people. $10 for non-members. 

 Many of the workshops will be exploring various useful genealogy websites in detail. Some will be free sites, others are subscription sites. A GGG member will lead each workshop.

No bookings necessary

2nd March

Understanding DNA

Julie Dworak

6th April

English Records and Resources

Lyn Hall

4th May

Land Records

Dr Fran Thiele

1st June

GRO Online Records + 1939 Register 

Heather Tumber

6th July

Irish Family History Research

Mary Henry

3rd August

How to write your Family History

Fay Woodhouse

7th September

Useful Resources on Computer 3

Julie Dworak

5th October

Victorian Hospital Records

Lyn Hall/Mary Henry

2nd November

The Australian Joint Copying Project

Heather Tumber/Fran Thiele

DNA Special Interest Group

The DNA special interest group will meet 5 times a year on the

3rd Saturday morning at 10am. $10 for non-members

18 May

20 July

21 September

16 November


Friday 5th April, 2024

Police Museum, Melbourne 

Weekend 19-20 October, 2024



22nd Feb

PROV Records

Mary Henry 

28th March

Annual General Meeting

followed by

“Family Traits - Where have they come from?” 

18th April

Vietnam War 

23rd May

University of Melbourne Library

Katie Wood

27th June

"To Have, But Not Hold" (Divorce) 

Julie Dworak 

25th July 

"The Voyage to Australia"

General discussion 

Family History Month

Saturday Seminar 

24th August


9.30am – 4.00pm 

Geoff Hocking - Goldfields Historian

 "A Man Called Bendigo"

A history of Sandhurst and the Bendigo Goldfields 


Adrian Hem AFSM

"Hardship, Prejudice and Pride"

The Chinese at the Goldfields


Professor Keir Reeves

"Metallic Connections: The Victorian Goldrushes" 

26th September

New Zealand Records

General discussion 

24th October

"The Squatters"

Fran Thiele 

28th November

Western Australian Resources

6th December

Christmas Dinner