Family History Month Australasia 2021

National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO).

This popular initiative has received broad support from some of Australia’s leading government and non government organisations since its introduction in 2006. Originally only the first week in August, NFHM increased to include the whole month of August in 2013 to allow greater participation across Australia and New Zealand. NFHM is on again in 2021, although in different circumstances due to Covid-19. Libraries and all history/genealogy groups are encouraged to hold events as their circumstances allow during August, and we expect many will be held on-line. This August, the opening and closing ceremonies will be held as Zoom events – see below.  

AFFHO is the umbrella organisation for family history societies in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1978 to coordinate and assist the work of Australian and New Zealand groups with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry and related subjects.

AFFHO is managed by an elected Council comprising of a voting member from each state and territory in Australia, and from New Zealand. Councillors are elected annually by the member societies within their region. The Council also comprises non-voting delegates from those states that have a state association. Currently these are New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria.

NFHM Opening Ceremony 

  Shauna Hicks will speak via Zoom on Sunday 1 August 2021 at 6pm AEST.
   (To register, please Email, and we will send you an invite for the Zoom session about 24 hours beforehand. It will also be available from our website for 2 months afterwards)
Topic: A Look at Family History’s Role in 21st Century Society
About Shauna Hicks
Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in Australian libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne. She has written numerous family history guides and is a well-known speaker at conferences, seminars, workshops, and genealogy cruises in Australia and overseas. Shauna is the Director of her own genealogy business at and is the author of the blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist.
Shauna has tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities including a Master of Arts in Australian Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Library Science, and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; Patron of History Queensland, and a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations’ Services to Family History Award.

NFHM Closing Ceremony

  Fiona Brooker will talk via Zoom on Tuesday, 31st August 2021 at 6.00 AEST
   (To register, please Email, and we will send you an invite for the Zoom session about 24 hours beforehand. It will also be available from our website for 1 month afterwards)
Topic: The 1939 Register for Family Historians
Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what to do with the information you find.
About Fiona Brooker
Fiona is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). With a background in adult education, Fiona loves to teach family history and digital scrapbooking. There is nothing better than getting someone else addicted to the hunt for their ancestors. Beyond her own research she has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and worked with local branches. She convened the organising committee for the 2008 and 2018 NZSG AGM & Conferences in Christchurch, and is currently part of a team to organise the Christchurch Family History Expo in August 2021.