The Scottish Ancestry Group was founded in March 1990 by a group of GSV members with a common interest in their Scottish heritage. In May 1991, the group was formally adopted as a Service Group of The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc.
24th November Meeting: Guest speaker Dr Jenny Bars on the topic Uniting Church Archives. "Archives and Ancestors: Using the resources of the Uniting Church Archives for family history research". Jennifer Bars is the Archivist for the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of Victoria and Tasmania). She also works at Queen's College as Archivist and Curator of the Sugden Heritage Collections. Her background is in social history and criminology - she wrote her DPhil thesis at Oxford University on Criminal Homicide in Nineteenth Century London and has also written about the cremation and garden cemetery movements.
16th March 2019: Guest speaker Malcolm Horsburgh on: "Teinds and their role in Scottish society: originating as tithes for the clergy teinds were privatised after the Reformation but Titulars still paid the ministerial stipends"
Four meetings are held each year. These are on the third Saturday of March, June & September, and the fourth Saturday in November.
All GSV members and all Thistle subscribers are welcome at the four meetings.
Visitors, i.e. non GSV members, are also welcome.
Scottish Ancestry Group Committee 2018-2019
Chairperson: Margaret McLaren
Treasurer: Carlene Catramados
Membership Secretary: John Blackwood
Thistle Editor: Joy Roy
Committee Members: Susan McLean, Malcolm Horsburgh, Margaret Ledley, John Stanford.
1. To promote awareness of the group and its activities
2. To promote research into Scottish family history
3. To promote an understanding of the nuances relating to research into
Scottish family history
4. To publish a quarterly newsletter "Thistle" containing material
relevant to Scottish family history
5. To publish other publications containing material relevant to Scottish
6. To hold meetings on a quarterly basis to enable topics relevant to
Scottish family history to be presented
7. To hold workshops, road shows, seminars, conferences etc., as and when
8. To collect and donate research materials relevant to Scottish family
history to the GSV Library
9. To exchange newsletters with like groups locally, nationally and
Who may join?
Anyone may join the Scottish Ancestry Group on payment of the annual membership fee.
GSV members may attend the Scottish Ancestry Group quarterly meetings at no charge, but unless they are also financial members of the Scottish Ancestry Group, they may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group or vote at the annual election of Scottish Ancestry Group office bearers.
Members who are not GSV members may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group.
Where a Scottish Ancestry Group activity involves the use of the GSV Library, any member who is not a GSV member will be required to pay the GSV Library Visitor's Fee.
The annual membership fee is $11.00 (including GST), for any number of people at the same address
The membership fee year is from 1st September until 31st August the following year, and there is a pro rata fee if you join any time during the year
Click on the "Join Online" button above or complete the application form and send it with your remittance to the address as shown. Note that any cheques and/or money orders must be made payable to The Genealogical Society of Victoria.
Application forms may also be processed in person at the GSV Reception during normal business hours, or you can bring them to the next Scottish Ancestry Group meeting.
Scottish Ancestry Group
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000.
The Scottish Ancestry Group offers new members, as well as those stuck in their research, a "hands-on" class where you can learn the basic steps to Scottish Family History research plus how to locate all the Scottish resources in the GSV Library. Class numbers are small so that each participant can be given individual attention by experienced genealogists.
Workshop places must be pre-booked, and new members can register their interest on the Application form or when joining online as per the button at the top of the page. Workshops are held about twice a year, depending on demand. Workshops in 2019 will be held on Friday 29th March and Saturday 14th September.
Bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conferences and Seminars: From time to time, conferences, seminars, and other sessions separate from the normal meeting schedule will be held to enable a broad range of information to be disseminated. These events will be advertised in Thistle, Ancestor and the GSV's web site.
Library Donation Fund: One of the aims of the Scottish Ancestry Group is to donate material relevant to Scottish Family History research to the GSV Library.
All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. All cheques and money orders need to be made out to "The Genealogical Society of Victoria". Make sure you clearly nominate that your payment is a donation to the Scottish Ancestry Group Library Donation Fund.
Scottish Ancestry Group
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000 Victoria