Anglesea and District Historical Society (Inc. A0009246F)

Surf Coast Family History Group

New 8 Feb 2016: Meetings program, FTM update.

Family Tree Maker 'Back-from-the-Dead'
Ancestry, owners of Family Tree Maker desktop software, announced the product would be retired in Dec 2015, with support ending in Dec 2016. (It would of course continue to work on your local computer.) However a Feb announcement says FTM has now been bought by Software MacKiev and so will continue to be developed and supported. Details can be viewed on Ancestry's blog.

Raffle result
Results of the Family History Group's annual Christmas Hamper raffle, our main fund-raising event, drawn 19 Dec 2015:
1st Prize: Maria from Malvern - ticket number A314.
2nd Prize: Susan Clarke from Anglesea - ticket number A155.
Our sincere thanks to all who supported and helped!

Free Vic BDM Index Searching
Searching the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages Index is now free, though you still have to pay if you want a downloadable certificate.

Fees now due
Membership fees for 2015-2016 are now due. Now $20 for Historical component, and still $15 for Family History component. Please bring them to a meeting, post them to our Treasurer, or pay directly into our bank account ensuring you add your name as reference and preferably emailing our Treasurer.

Family Files Project
Our project with the Historical Society to store our information about early district families in a genealogical database is now well under way. If you would like to help us entering this information from our existing publications and records, please contact us at: Full training is available.


Welcome to the Surf Coast Family History Group web pages. Whether you are a member of long standing, a new member, or someone who is just browsing, we hope that you will find these web pages useful. [ What's New ]

Our aim is to help our members research their family history. We are a non-profit organisation formed in 1999, staffed by volunteers, are an auspiced sub-group of the Anglesea and District Historical Society Inc, and a member society of the Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. We also operate a Broadband for Seniors service sponsored by the Australian Government (open during research hours). New members are very welcome, so if you would like to join our friendly group, please print out the Membership Form and post it to our Treasurer (see our address below), or just call in to one of our friendly monthly meetings.


We meet on the second Thursday of every month except January at 10:00 am at Anglesea's History House (location below), with speakers on a variety of topics to suit the family historian. Please refer to our Meetings Programme. We'd be very interested to hear your story too, or your experiences with recording family history. Presentations or suggestions for presentations are very welcome: please contact our Programme Organiser, Jan Morris (below).


We publish a quarterly journal, the Inverlochy Log, with articles related to local family history. All its issues can be searched and accessed on line. Perhaps you'd like to add your own family history to it - new contributions are very welcome: please contact our Editor, Jan Morris (below).

Research Centre

Our library and research centre for members' use contains an extensive range of books, CD-ROMs, microfiche, and magazines, as well as Internet access. Experienced members are available on Library Days to help beginners. Visitors are very welcome.

Opening Hours:
Tuesdays: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.
(Closed Tuesdays during School Holidays.)
Wednesdays: By appointment.
Saturdays: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.

The following catalogues of our library are PDF files (100-200 KB each) which you can search for key words, or download to your PC for off-line searching. Our extensive CD-ROM and Australian fiche catalogues are in preparation and will be added to this page as soon as they are ready.
[ Books ] [ Periodicals ] [ Fiche (Overseas) ]

Contact Us

Enquiries: Email us at:, or contact one of our Officebearers below.

Location: History House, 5a McMillan St, Anglesea, Victoria.
(Entrance 4 of the Anglesea Community Precinct. Melway map 514 (was 196) E7).

Office Bearers for 2015-2016:

Chairperson Jan Morris (03) 5263-3085
Vice-Chairperson Vacant    
Secretary Susan Clarke 0438 070 560
Treasurer Christine Guerow (03) 5264-7602
Librarian Karl Jacklin 0412 619 219
Journal Editor Jan Morris As above As above
Committee Member Peter Matthews (03) 5263-1686
Committee Member Gwen Morgan (03) 5263-1865  
Committee Member Dulcie Quinlan (03) 5263-3017
Committee Member Marilyn Robinson (03) 5263-1338
Other Positions:      
Programme Organiser Jan Morris As above As above
Website Peter Matthews As above As above

Postal Address: Surf Coast Family History Group Inc., PO Box 98, Anglesea, Vic 3230, Australia.