Family History Month Australasia

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 this year, 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 via Zoom, and details will be posted soon.  

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 or territory and 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.