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Scottish Ancestry Group (SAG)

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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.

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Future Meetings:

The next Group meeting on Saturday 19th June 2021 has been postponed due to the unavailabilty of the guest speaker.

The topic of the meeting will be Scots Traditional Song, presented by Fiona Ross.
This meeting will be held online via Zoom. Register via the All Events on the GSV's web site.

The talk will cover Historical content, Folk music revival in Scotland, Scots language, Scots travellers as tradition bearers.
Fiona Ross has secured her reputation as a highly gifted interpreter of Scots song. She was shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year in the 2019 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and here in her adopted home of Australia, she flies the flag for the Scots song tradition. Fiona was mentored by tradition bearer Andrew Hunter, who in turn, learned from the great Traveller singer Jeannie Robertson. Whether singing unaccompanied or in her duo with renowned guitarist Shane O’Mara, Fiona brings knowledge, passion & commitment to her performance. Her grounded, evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcase the richness, depth and diversity of the Scots song tradition.  Fiona performs regularly at major events across Australia, including Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and the National Celtic Festival.  Fiona is currently completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Melbourne. Her research is based on interviews with singers in Scotland to document their understanding of a tradition that has undergone significant change within the context of the contemporary folk scene. Fiona and Shane’s recent CD “Sunwise Turn” recently won Best Folk Album at the prestigious Music Victoria Awards. 

Four meetings are held each year at the GSV Research and Education Centre (unless otherwise stated). These are on the third Saturday of March, June & September, and (usually) 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.

SAG Renewal-2020-2021

How to join

Scottish Ancestry Group Committee 2020-2021

Chairperson: Robert Gribben AM
Treasurer: Julie Conroy
Membership Secretary: Rhonda Hunter
Committee Members: Margaret McLaren, William Taylor, Anne Nolan

Thistle Editorial Team:John Blackwood, Joy Roy, Anne Nolan
Thistle Layout: Eric Smith


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
family history
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.

How to Join

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 1, 10 Queen Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000.

Beginner's Workshops

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. Due to the current closure of the Society's premises, the date of the next Workshop is in abeyance until we re-open.
Bookings email: joy-roy@bigpond.net.au

Other services

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.

Mailing Address
Scottish Ancestry Group
c/o GSV
Level 1, 10 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000 Victoria


Date last updated: 14 June 2021 @ 15:34