Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the month has broad appeal across Australia.
National Family History Month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). 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 a week in August, it was expanded to include the whole month in 2013 to allow greater participation across Australia.
For genealogy and family history societies, archives, libraries etc, a list of 2014 events is available here for ideas on what to do in 2015. A copy of the 2015 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. The web calendar is now open for 2015 events.
The 2015 launch will be in Adelaide and more detail will be provided closer to the launch which now moves around Australia. The last three years were in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.
2015 Major Sponsors:
Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations
2015 Launch Sponsor:
During August events will be conducted across the country that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects including family reunions, seminars, talks, workshops, open days, history walks, book launches, expos to mention just a few activities. Check your state for details of local events and remember to also check the online events which you can do at home. Shauna Hicks' popular 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Societies is happening again this year and details will be in the online events category.
There are also lots of prizes (for both genealogy and family history societies and for individuals) to be won during the month which have been generously provided by our prize sponsors. To see the list of prizes visit the Sponsors and Supporters page. Prizes may be added to the website as new sponsors decide to participate in National Family History Month.
Early bird event offer for genealogy/family history societies - the National Institute of Genealogical Studies has a special offer for all genealogy/family history societies who enter an event into the NFHM web calendar before 30 June 2015. Now closed - 53 societies received a gift certificate. Congratulations!
Online Genealogy/Family History Societies Giveaway Prize Draw - all genealogy/family history societies that enter an event into the NFHM web calendar automatically go into the prize draw. Events can be entered any time from now until August.
Online Individuals Giveaway Prize Draw - Individuals wanting to enter the prize draw must send an email to
giving their name, postcode and which prize or prizes they want to try and win. They will then be entered into the draw for each of the prizes they nominate.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INDIVIDUALS GIVEAWAY DOES NOT START UNTIL 1 AUGUST AND CLOSES ON 27 AUGUST 2015. ENTRIES SUBMITTED OUTSIDE OF THOSE DATES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Please note that incomplete entries will not go into the prize draw so make sure you do included your name, postcode and the name of the prize/s you want to try and win.
Please see the terms and conditions below for more detail.
National Family History Month 2015 Online Giveaway Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
1. Instructions on how to enter forms part of these Conditions of Entry. 2. Entry is only open to residents of Australia. 3. The competition commences on 1 August 2015, entries close on 27 August 2015. 4. The winning entries will be drawn at a Genealogical Society of Queensland seminar on 29 August 2015. 5. Genealogy/family history societies with events listed in the NFHM web calendar will be automatically entered into the prize draw for societies. 6. Individuals can enter the prize draw by sending an email to
giving their name, postcode and details of which prize/s they wish to enter for. 7. Prize winners will be notified by email within 7 days of the prize draw and winner's names will be published on the NFHM home page. 8. Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. 9. No responsibility is taken for late, non-delivered emails or incomplete emails. 10. Where travel is involved in the prize, the winner will be responsible for meals, spending money, transport to and from departure and arrival points, travel insurance and all other ancillary costs unless otherwise stated. Prizes as listed on the NFHM sponsors page on www.familyhistorymonth.org.au