About Us, Meetings & Gallery - Port Macquarie & District Family History Society, Inc

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About Us

Members of the Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society Inc. are passionate, committed family historians and genealogists who enthusiastically promote the study and recording of family history. We believe in family history being "fun" and come together in meetings, seminars, support groups and social events to assist, advise and support each other in discovering our ancestral connections.

Our Library
The Library

The Society's library of resources is held within the Local Studies Room at the Port Macqaurie - Hastings Library in Grant Street, Port Macquarie.The library contains significant resources to assist members in researching their family history in New South Wales, Australia and the World. Access to Ancestry, Find My Past and Family Search is available to members and guests of the library.

Further information on the Society's collection can be found by clicking in the Resources tab of the main menu.


The Society meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month (except January) in the:

Main Hall,
CC Mac Adams Music Centre,
Gordon Street, Port Macquarie.

(situated at the back of the Olympic Pool opposite the Players Theatre)

August 2019 General Meeting Agenda   Click here:
Annual General Meeting Agenda 2019  Click here:
July 2019 General Meeting Minutes  Click here:

Meetings commence at 1.30pm (doors open 12.30pm) and begin with a business meeting, followed by a guest speaker.  

Entry fee of $2.00 per person, which covers afternoon tea, is required. Members and guests are invited to attend and we are always happy to welcome visitors to our Society and region.

Click on the membership tab for information on how to become a member.

In the beginning.....

In 1985, a public meeting was held with representatives of Hastings Municipal Library, Hastings Genealogical Advisory Service and other interested people with a view to starting a local family historical group.

Originally called the Mid North Coast Family History Group, with 43 financial members, it held its first meeting in July 1985. In February 1987 the name was changed to Hastings Valley Family History Group Inc. In December 1998 it changed to Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society Inc.

In 1985 the first major project for the society was to record the headstones of the Port Macquarie General Cemetery which had recently closed.  Eventually, under the banner of the Australian Bicentennial Project in 1988, the information was produced on fiche.  Since then, many publications have been produced and projects undertaken by the many volunteers from the society.  Please visit our publications page for more information.

c. PMDFHS 2019
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