Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc Activities







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Current Activities


For a list of our activities for the current year click on the Archive of Events menu item on the left. This also includes records of our activities and events back to 2005.

Please Note: Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place many activities are in recess and/or held at a different location or venue. Please check the current Newsletter for details.

Monthly meetings

The Society meets at 10 am on the second Friday of each month at the Front Hall of the Springwood Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Road Springwood, except January. The usual format is a speaker followed by short business meeting. If the speaker has a long distance to travel, the general meeting is held first. Meeting topics and upcoming events are listed on this website and in the newsletter. The majority of the Society's business is conducted by the hard working committee which meets at least bimonthly.

Library activities

BMFHS and Blue Mountains City Council Family History Resources are housed in Springwood Library. Both the Society and Council have bought many new resources to be used in the dedicated area where computers, microfilm and microfiche readers are situated. Society volunteers are available to help researchers from 10am to 1pm every Tuesday & Thursday.

Check with us or the Library noticeboard for variations in late December & January.

Frequently other members are available on the unlisted days.

Researchers will be able to access Society resources only when Society volunteers are on duty. Members may continue to borrow Society magazines to be signed out by the library volunteer on duty. Our resources may NOT be borrowed by non-members. As this is a reference and research centre, all reference and resource materials must remain in the Centre. Only Magazines may be borrowed.

In addition Society volunteers are available in Katoomba Library from 10am - 12pm on the second & 4th Tuesdays of the month. It is essential to book with the Katoomba library staff.

More information is in the section Archive of Events

Materials on open access will, of course, be available during library hours.

Our books, CDs etc are listed on this site under 'Resources', but was reorganised in 2011. The web will not be updated until the reorganisation is complete. See the BMCC Library catalogue for Library family history resources held at Springwood.


A newsletter is published monthly for members. It is destributed at the monthly meeting, or emailed to members. Copies are placed in each of the BMCC libraries.

"The Explorers' Tree" magazine is published 3 times a year: February, June & October by and for members. It provides a place of publication for member' research. The Explorers' Tree is exchanged with many other societies.

Society Web Site

Our web site, that you are currently reading, is an important activity of the Society and contains lists of members interests, Society Library resources and details of our activities as a Society.

Added quite often are a Photo Gallery of photographs taken by members at outings and activities. Check out the photos taken in Penrith at our July 2009 Excursion to the Museum of Fire, at our August 2009 Excursion to Historic Windsor and in September 2009 to Historic Camden.

Convict Interests The Blue Mountains Family History Society has begun compiling a list of Convict Ancestors, Pioneers and Interests of our Members. Many of our members have quite a few Convict Ancestors whilst others are researching groups of Convicts or particular Convict Ships. This list, along with details of the member involved is available at the Family History Centre in Springwood Library in a loose-leaf folder.

This list is now also available progressively on this website and will be found here. Convict Interests

Society members are involved in many other activities:

  • Organising and conducting seminars such as the bi-annual one day seminars held in Springwood.
  • Visits to places of interest, including The Society of Genealogists libraries and Mitchell Library, Maritime Archives. Esbank House Lithgow, NSW Lands Department, National Archives at Chester Hill and Waverley Cemetery
  • Attending seminars of other societies such as at Kiama & Liverpool etc.
  • Having a trade table at other gatherings such as the NSW & ACT Family History Conferences and at Tocal, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Maitland etc.


    and we hosted the NSW & ACT conference in 2004


Our original BMFHS Logo

found on letterhead and developed c1990. This original logo was re-discovered by the then Society President, Joan Edwards, in September, 2009


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