How can you participate?

What can you do in NFHM 2017?

The 2017 launch will be held in Sydney, New South Wales on 1 August and is again sponsored by the National Archives of Australia. 

There are also lots of prizes (for both genealogy and family history societies and for individuals) to be given away during the month which have been generously provided by our prize sponsors. To see the list of prizes visit the Sponsors page.


Host an event in Australia within the month of August that raises awareness of any aspect of genealogy and family history including local history and military history. There is a category for online events as well as each of the Australian States and Territories.

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Genealogy and family history societies can participate simply by naming their monthly meeting in August their National Family History Month meeting or have one or more of their library open days during August a National History Month library open day.

There is a list of 2015 events available here for ideas on what to do in 2017. A copy of the 2017 flyer is available here and it can be used to help promote your own events.

Please remember to add your event to the NFHM web calendar to ensure everyone knows about your events. You are welcome to use our NFHM logo or the We’re Part of NFHM logo above.

Early bird event offer for genealogy/family history societies – the National Institute of Genealogical Studies has a special offer for all Australian genealogy and family history societies who enter an event into the NFHM web calendar before 30 June 2017. See the Sponsors page for details.

Genealogy/Family History Societies Giveaway Prize Draw – all Australian genealogy/family history societies that enter an event into the NFHM web calendar automatically go into the prize draw.


Ideas for NFHM include:

  • Contact a genealogy or family history society near you
  • Visit your local State Archives, State Library or the local office of the National Archives of Australia
  • Write your life story
  • Interview a relative about their life story
  • Hold a family reunion
  • Attend a family or local history talk, seminar or information session
  • Label the family photos
  • Visit areas of family significance
  • Encourage your own local society, library or archives to participate
  • Remember to check out the online web calendar for events in your area

Online Individuals Giveaway Prize Draw- Individuals must be Australian residents. How to enter the prize giveaway will be displayed on 1 August 2017 when the giveaway opens for National Family History Month 2017.

Individuals will be entered into the draw for each of the prize/s they nominate. Email addresses submitted as part of the giveaway are not used for any other purpose. Please note that incomplete entries will not go into the prize draw.  See the terms and conditions on the Sponsors page for more details.

Upcoming events

Military Genealogy at Royal United Services institute Victoria
Level 6 , 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (03) 9662 4455 02/08/2018 12:00 PM
FamilySearch online
level 6 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (03) 9662 4455 02/08/2018 1:30 PM
Starting Your Family History
Level6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (03) 9662 4455 04/08/2018 11:00 AM