Victorian Family History State Conferences

Since its inception VAFHO has conducted regular family history conferences in many different locations throughout Victoria. These popular three-day events are well attended by family history enthusiasts from all over Australia.

Family and Local History Treasure Chest

VAFHO’s first Treasure Chest held in 2006 was envisaged as a market place for ideas, for the sharing of information and for bringing together in one place Family and Local History Groups from throughout the State - a place where people could come and search for their treasure. Over 120 stalls were set up with displays dotted around. Speakers covered interesting topics and over 500 people came to look, talk, acquire and enjoy.
VAFHO plans to present this event between State Conferences in the future.

Annual Don Grant Memorial Lecture

Since 1997 VAFHO has hosted the Don Grant Lecture to promote family history education & provide interesting speakers on a variety of family history topics. The Lecture is named in honour of Don Grant (living legend) formally of SLV & PROV and current VAFHO committee member.

Frances Brown Award for Excellence to Family History in Victoria

The Frances Brown Award is named in honour of Frances Brown the first President of VAFHO and former Genealogy and Local History Librarian at the SLV. The award was instituted to recognize the extraordinary voluntary contributions made by many dedicated and selfless Victorian family historians and is announced at the Victorian Family History State Conference.
Frances Brown - Who She Was
Nomination Form
Frances Brown Award Conditions

VAFHO Wills & Probate Indexing Project

In November 2004, the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) began digitising wills and probate files at the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV). Digitised copies of these records can now be downloaded from the PROV website. To enable users to access these records online via a surname search, VAFHO members have undertaken to index these records. Lesle Berry, the Indexing Co-ordinator, lead a team of over 100 volunteers from VAFHO member groups. The completed project is a wonderful resource for all Victorians and can be found on the PROV website

Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925

National Family History Month

VAFHO proudly supports this AFFHO initiative to promote family history in the wider community & encourages its member groups to participate.

Family History Feast

VAFHO is pleased to be involved with the National Archives of Australia (NAA), Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriage and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) in presenting the Annual Don Grant Family History Lecture.


PROV Public Stakeholders Group
SLV Genealogy Centre User Group
State Library User Organisations Council (SLUOC)