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As a service to the public, FHWA provides a Genealogy Research Service to people who live outside the Perth Metropolitan area, or for those who are physically unable to visit our premises.

This is a limited service only, and not a comprehensive service that you would expect to obtain through a professional genealogist.

Two hours free research per year is available for members living more than 500 km from Perth.

What to provide

For the Research team to effectively help you, it is necessary that you provide as much data as possible about the person/s to be researched. The more information you supply, the greater the chance of some success.

The person you are researching - information you supply should include the following, where known:

  • Person/s Full Names (Surname and First Names)
  • Date/s of Birth, Death and Marriage
  • Place/s of Birth, Death and Marriage
  • Occupation/s
  • Father's Full Names, Dates of Birth and Death, where Buried
  • Mother's Full Names (nee Surname), Dates of Birth and Death, where Buried
  • Arrival Port/s and Date/s
  • Ship/s Name
  • Spouses full Names, Birth and Death dates and Places
  • Children - Full Names and Birth Date/Place
  • Any Additional information you can supply

AND - any research forms that you have completed already, e.g. pedigree chart/s; family group sheet/s; repositories already searched;  etc.

An indication of the information that you are seeking.

Your details - please include the following details:

  • Your relationship to the person you are researching
  • Your name and address
  • Your email address
  • Your contact telephone number
  • If a FHWA member - your membership number


Fees are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and subject to change without notice.

Service fee

A service fee of $20.00 is required, and must accompany search enquiries.

Hourly fees

Fees for this service are payable on an hourly basis:

FHWA Members          $25.00  (pay online here)

Non-Members             $40.00  (pay online here)

Commercial              $100.00  (contact Research Team for details)

NB: Any request for FHWA research by an individual or business that is charging a client a fee for the services is considered commercial and should be subject to FHWA's commercial fee. Exceptions include but are not limited to another not-for-profit organisation with objects compatible with FHWA (eg a family history or genealogical society).

Discretion may be exercised by the Research Officer on receipt of applications.

If a FHWA Member, please ensure that you state your Membership Number.

(All requests should also provide a contact phone number, full name and address of the applicant, and details of your search request).

Online payments

You may pay online, by selecting the menu item above, or click to go to  >>  FHWA - Research Fees

Manual payments

To apply for this service manually, please email the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Over the counter

Post or pay by cash, cheque or credit card at the front counter at FHWA premises, at:

Unit 5, 48 May Street
Western Australia

If you need more comprehensive research to be done on your behalf, we suggest that you look at employing the services of a WA based Genealogist. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2020 17:05

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