Welcome to the GSV

Genealogical Society of Victoria
 
 
 

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For members we offer free Quick Look-up of a specific record set from our library.

Members living more the 100kms from the city are entitled to an annual free research query taking up to two hours.

We also provide a variety of paid research services

Visiting the Library

How do I find my way around the Library?Library2

  • We highly recommend you attend an orientation session that explains how the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV) and its library works.
  • We also hold beginners sessions for those who are new to genealogy.
  • Check GSV events for scheduled orientation sessions and beginners sessions.
  • On your first visit let the Library Research Assistants know and they will provide you with a quick tour of our library.

How do I prepare for a visit?

  • It’s important to have an idea of what you want to find before you visit. Write down what you know about your family beforehand. Our ‘Beginning your family history’ guide is an example of how to start your research. Bring this information when you visit, and if you need assistance our friendly volunteers are always willing to help you.
  • You can check our Library collections from home.

 

 

 

Reciprocal Rights

Would you like to visit an interstate society?

As a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria GSV (living in Victoria) you can visit the societies listed below under a reciprocal rights agreement.

Before you travel please contact us and we will provide you with a letter detailing your membership. Please allow enough time for this to be posted to you as you will need to produce the original document at the society you visit. Alternatively your Ancestor mailing label includes your 'renewed to' date, simply take that with you. If you have not made arrangements prior to travelling, the society you visit will need to check with us to see if your membership is current and if you are eligible to use the reciprocal rights. This may incur a cost.

  • The Society of Australian Genealogists
  • Tasmanian Family History Society
  • Genealogical Society of Queensland
  • South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society
  • Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra
  • Western Australian Genealogical Society
  • Northern Territory Genealogical Society
  • New Zealand Society of Genealogists

As a member of another society, what rights have I got?

If you live outside Victoria and are a member of your home state society (as listed below), you can visit the GSV Library under a reciprocal rights agreement. Proof of current financial membership status is required.

• The Society of Australian Genealogists
• Tasmanian Family History Society
• Genealogical Society of Queensland
• South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society
• Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra
• Western Australian Genealogical Society
• Northern Territory Genealogical Society
• New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Please make sure you bring your current membership card and proof of financial status with you.

 

Membership FAQs

How will I know when my annual membership is due?

A renewal notice will be sent when your membership payment is due. Your Ancestor mailing label also includes your 'renewed to' date.  For any queries regarding your membership contact (03) 9662 4455 or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How are cards used?

As a requirement all members must wear their cards whilst visiting the library. GSV lanyards ($5.00 each) are available for purchase from administration. Otherwise, members are given card holders upon receiving their membership cards.

Why do I need to scan my card?

By scanning your card the GSV will gain reliable statistical data from which we can improve our knowledge of how to better serve you, our members.

What happens if I lose my card?

Replacement cards can be issued for a cost of $7.00.

 

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's — Frequently Asked Questions

Starting your search for family history can be daunting when you don't know where to begin. The GSV is here to help make your journey as enjoyable as possible. Our frequently asked questions may assist you in finding the information you are looking for. If you have a question that is not answered here please don't hesitate to contact us directly. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

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