COVID-19: The Executive of Family History Connections has made the decision to close the Resource Centre at Blackburn immediately (Tuesday 17th March) until further notice. This also means that there will be no Interest Group meetings, no classes and no talks for the foreseeable future.

Members can access MyHeritage from home through the Members Area.

Interest groups FAQ

What are Interest Groups? Interest Groups have been established to enable members who are researching their families in a particular area, to assist each other with their research and to share their mutual successes and difficulties. Most Groups meet once a month.

What does it cost? To join an Interest Group, a member pays $20.00 (inc GST) per annum ($10.00 for the Bristol Group) in addition to the normal yearly membership fee, although new members  may join one Interest Group at no cost for their first year of membership. Annual memberships are due on 1st January each year;  fees for those joining Groups after 1st July are $10.00 ($5.00 for the Bristol Group). Eighty-five per cent of the interest group membership fees will be donated towards the purchase of material for the resource centre. Members of the  group decide together what they wish to obtain in order to assist them in further research. In the past, groups have allocated this money to the purchase of specific books, CDs, films and microfiche, pertaining to their particular area.

Where do Interest Groups Meet? Interest Groups normally meet at the resource centre, however, one of the larger groups has decided to meet at a local outside venue.

Current interest groups: Bristol; Early Victoria & Tasmania; Eastern Counties; Ireland; London & Home Counties; Naval and Military; Northern Counties; North West; Midlands; Scotland; South West England and Write Now!. See below for more information

Interest group events

No events

Join an interest group

Early Victoria and Tasmania

Early Victoria & Tasmania Interest Group

Euroa by Neil Savage

The Early Victoria & Tasmania Interest Group will be: 
 • Discussing the lives and times of our early ancestors in Victoria and Tasmania (including Norfolk Island Convicts sent to Tasmania) 
 • Helping each other with research and brickwalls
 • Sharing stories to help us get a better understanding of the times. 

Eastern Counties

On the Bure

On the Bure

The marshlands of Essex, the wool towns and villages of Suffolk, the fenlands of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, and the wolds of Lincolnshire – these are the eastern counties of England.



Holy Wells, Gleninaugh -

The Ireland Interest Group is a mutual help group that will, through a shared experience, assist you to unlock, navigate and make sense of available records. The excitement of new discoveries will fuel your research.

London & Home Counties

Our Group covers ancestral wanderings in London and the Home Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. 

Naval and Military

Naval & Military Interest Group
The group covers the conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries – from the Napoleonic War to the Vietnam War – and the men and women who served in them. Our interests are expanding to cover a longer time period and to cover various auxiliary services. The group covers conflicts from the Crimean War and records up to World War II. Focus is on the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth, but not exclusively.

Northern Counties

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle © Allan Marshall

Covers the Counties of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland, Yorkshire and Lancashire. 

Our main purpose is to acquire more resources for the Resource Centre, particularly those Parish Registers of interest to our members.


Ironbridge, Shropshire

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Covers Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
For members interested in other Midland counties, such as Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire etc., please contact us as we are happy to help with their research.


Airth Castle

Airth Castle, Stirlingshire © Euan Crone

Any members wishing to join are welcome to attend this enthusiastic and informed group. The aim of this Interest Group is to help members with their Scottish research.  

Membership fees will be used to purchase records that are not otherwise freely available.

South West England

Shaftesbury Dorset

Shaftesbury, Dorset

Covers Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset and Wiltshire

The aim of the group is to help each other with research, through problem solving discussions and shared knowledge of resources available for the counties involved.

Write Now!

Write Now! is a discussion group covering all aspects of writing and publishing family history. Any member is welcome to attend. Gold coin donation.

We meet at the library on the first Tuesday each month, February to December 10.30am - 12 noon.