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.
15th June 2019: "More Scottish Internet Resources". Six 15 minute segments: 1939 Registers; GRO Indexes; National Library of Scotland Digital records; Communion Roles 1830-1840, and Miscellaneous Court records; A Better Approach to Searching of FindMyPast, and Ancestry.com
13th July 2019: Seminar "Scotland 1730 to 1830 During the Enlightenment"
This event will be held at the RACV City Club, 2nd floor, 501 Bourke Street. Sponsored by the Scottish Ancestry Group at the GSV, this seminar will explore an exciting period of intellectual and scientific accomplishments in Scotland from the mid 18th to mid 19th centuries.
Guest speakers will be:
Alex Tyrrell: "Small country, big ideas: The Scottish Enlightenment shows the way"
Bruce McLennan: "The Highlands during the Enlightenment"
Malcolm Horsburgh: "The Communications Revolution: from pack tracks to modern roads"
Ben Wilkie: "Scotland, the Enlightenment, and Australia: Legacies from Macquarie to Menzies"
Cost: $60 GSV members, $90 all other non-members. Scottish Ancestry Group subscribers who are not members of the GSV should apply to the GSV for a reduction to $60.
Bookings essential, and can be made online, in person, by email or by telephone (03 9662 4455, Mon-Fri 9.00am-4.00pm).
21st September 2019: Annual General Meeting, and guest speaker Susan McLean on "VANORA'S STONE -A Perthshire tale of myth, mystery and murder"
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 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. The next Workshop in 2019 will be held on 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