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International Settlers Group (ISG)(Non-British Research)

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A Service Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria 

Postal Address: Hon. Secretary International Settlers Group, C/- GSV,

Level 1, 10 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000 AUSTRALIA

Email: ISG@gsv.org.au

Phone: 03 9662 4455 

Chairperson: Michael Rumpff  SAG Join online                                                                 SAG Renew Online

Aims of the group

  • Compile and collate genealogical research information on the non-British countries.
  • Assist Subscribers with their research activities through correspondence, newsletters and for GSV members, articles in 'Ancestor' the official journal of the GSV.
  • Increase the holdings of the Society's Library relating to non-British research.
  • Sharing experience and resources with Newsletter Subscribers.


The International Settlers Group offers you:

  • Assistance with your research problems in Australia and overseas.
  • A chance to meet and get to know fellow members and to exchange activities and ideas.
  • Newsletter published regularly giving activities of the International Settlers Group (ISG), articles of interest and various reports.
  • The opportunity to further your genealogical knowledge through the use of records available within the ISG.
  • Guidance as to the records held in the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV) library, which may assist you in your particular area of research.
  • The chance to include details relating to your ancestors in our "Members Interest Directory" which is updated on a continuous basis and published in the Newsletter.
  • An opportunity to contribute information in Our Newsletter.


The International Settlers Group Newsletter (Quarterly)

It is published  quarterly in January, April, July and October. It is recommended reading for any person with person with an interest in non-British genealogical research.

Membership Subscription: $11.00 per year (inc GST)                                                                       


  • Held quarterly on the third Saturday in February, May, August and November.
  • Commencing 1.00 pm in GSV Meeting room (unless otherwise notified).
  • Visitors always welcome
  • Afternoon tea will be served

Next Meeting: 20th February 2021. "My Most Interesting Ancestor", a 10 minute presentation by four ISG members. 

Research and Fees:

The International Settlers Group (ISG) does research for its subscribers and other interested parties, under the auspices of the Research Services GSV and at the same rates, which are:- Members $30.00 per hour (inc GST) Non Members $50.00 per hour (inc GST) + photocopying charges and postal charges where applicable. Please enclose sae for initial inquiry. Address to Hon. Secretary ISG or email: ISG@gsv.org.au  


Wish List - Non-British:

We are encouraging members to join in this scheme to help build up overseas records for the GSV Library

Would you like to share in the cost of a CD or Book ?

Donations may be made toward the cost of purchasing these items.

Map Guides to German Parish Registers

The German Map Guide Books identify the parish where an ancestor went to church in Germany, based on where they lived. They also give the Family History Library microfilm number for the parish records and this identifies nearly every city, town and place that included residents. Also they visually identify church parishes for Lutherans and Catholics within each district. Prices are: Soft Cover: AUS $65.00 by Kevan Hansen

Next publications :- Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck, Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. (3 – 4 Volumes)

Kevan Hansen will be compiling a series on the cantons of Switzerland - in a very similar fashion to the German Parish Register books. Most likely about 20 books or less covering all 26 cantons.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.  Cheques should be made payable to the 'Genealogical Society of Victoria' and posted to the Hon. Secretary ISG at the above address.  

Genealogy Links:

https://feefhs.org Federation of East European Family History Societies

https://www.cyndislist.com World database of genealogy links

http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Main_Page German Genealogy & more

https://www.naa.gov.au National Archives of Australia

https://prov.vic.gov.au Public Record Office Victoria

http://www.croatia-in-english.com Croatian genealogy

https://www.agfhs.org Anglo German Family History Society (UK)

https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree Ancestry (paid site)

https://pgsa.org Polish Genealogical Society of America

https://www.jewishgen.org JewishGen Databases  

Countries being researched by members:

AMERICAf-america GERMANYf-germany EAST PRUSSIAf-eastprussia
f-austria-AUSTRIA f-greeceGREECE f-romaniaROMANIA
f-belgiumBELGIUM f-hungryHUNGARY f-russiaRUSSIA
f-canadaCANADA f-italyITALY f-holsteinpngSCHLESWIG / HOLSTEIN
f-channelislesCHANNEL ISLES f-latviaLATVIA f-silesiaSILESIA
f-chinaCHINA f-maltaMALTA f-sloveniaSLOVENIA
f-croatiaCROATIA f-mauritiusMAURITIUS f-southafricaSOUTH AFRICA
f-czechoslovakiaCZECHOSLOVAKIA f-netherlandsNETHERLANDS f-swedenSWEDEN
f-denmarkDENMARK f-norwayNORWAY f-switzerlandSWITZERLAND
f-franceFRANCE f-polandPOLAND f-westindiesWEST INDIES
f-finlandFINLAND f-prussiaPRUSSIA f-yugoslaviaYUGOSLAVIA


Date last updated: 07 April 2021 @ 10:56