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Affiliate membership of the FamilyHistoryWA is open to any incorporated organisation, whose principal objects are promoting and participating in the study and research of genealogy, family history, heraldry and allied subjects, and which is bound by a constitution, rules or by-laws approved by its members. [Applicable to Western Australian Societies only]

Some of the FHWA Affiliate Societies were formerly Branches of the Western Australian Genealogical Society who became Societies in their own right as of 1st April 2000. Some Affiliate Societies have closed down over the past few years, including: Carnarvon FHC, Goldfields FHS and Warren-Blackwood FHS.

For more information please go to :  Objects of the Society  -  Classes of Membership

If you are a representative of a Family History Society based in Western Australian and would like to know more please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Benefits of membership

Affiliate Societies can:

  • attend the bi-annual FHWA Affiliate Society Conference.  This gives you the opportunity to discuss genealogy matters with other Affiliate Societies.  
  • obtain very reasonable priced insurance through FHWA by receiving the benefit of large group discount. This can eliminate the time and hassle of organising your own individual insurance.
  • contact FHWA Management for general advice on administrative and library-related matters.
  • add to their own letterhead “Affiliate Society of FamilyHistoryWA”.  This is important if you are seeking support from local or state funding projects.
  • access the Members Only Areas of the FHWA website from within their Library.  This section provides quality data, mainly, but not exclusively, of a Western Australian nature.
  • the nominated Representative will receive a copy of the FHWA journal, The Western Ancestor, which is published three times a year and have access to past issues on the website.
  •  submit reports of your own Society (including notice of your coming events) for free publication in The Western Ancestor,
  • have a webpage on the FHWA website and advertise your Society’s office bearers, library hours and forthcoming events.,
  • use the FHWA mailing list WAGSnet may be used to advertise your Society’s events,
  • have a FHWA member speak at one of their meetings.

Members of an Affiliate Society can:

  • use the FHWA library and research facilities during normal opening hours, upon production of a current membership card.  The only cost being for photocopying, and printouts of computer and microfiche.  Early advice of a group attending would be appreciated so that extra staff could be on duty. The FHWA library has dedicated computers with subscriptions to ancestry.com, Find My Past, Roots Ireland and Scotlands People. When visiting the library members of an Affiliate Society can pre-book these computers and have access to these websites.
  • attend the FHWA activities and courses at FHWA member prices. There are sessions for beginners and the more advanced members. This also includes FHWA all day seminars and special events.  See what's on at FHWA Events
  • attend the FHWA lunchtime discussion meetings.
  • join any of the FHWA Special Interest Groups (SIGs), who have their own pages on this website and most of whom produce regular publications, either online or as a newsletter.  See for currently active Interest Groups.  Affiliate Societies receive copies of the FHWA Special Interest Group’s newsletters.
  • place their own research details on the Members Interest Directory on the FHWA website.
  • subscribe to the FHWA mailing list “WAGSNET”, where they can place their own research queries and view other people’s queries.
  • access FHWA Research Facilities at FHWA Member’s prices.

Other benefits

The FHWA Bookshop is constantly updating stock at competitive prices.  New books, maps, charts, special interest CD’s such as Warders and Gaolers, Shipping lists and Baptisms are available.  Members of Affiliate Societies can purchase from the Bookshop at FHWA member’s price.

  • Books, CDs and fiche from the FHWA Library are regularly donated to the Affiliate Societies at the FHWA Affiliate Societies Conference.


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