Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


Thanks to funding from the ACT Heritage grants, HAGSOC is about to embark on two exciting new projects.

The Canberra Tracks Augmented Reality project will develop additional content on ten well known Canberra pioneers for the Canberra Tracks scheme. It is an exciting opportunity to combine family history skills with augmented reality technology. This will include research and development of 45 second sound bites about pioneers, which will be accessed from the existing sign boards at sites along the Tracks. 

The Canberra Pioneers project will see the digitisation and indexing of part of one of our unique collections, the Father Brian Maher collection. This collection contains material on the early Catholic settlers of the ACT and surrounding region. Twenty-three families have been selected for this phase of the project. The project will provide better search capabilities and easier access for the collection, ensuring its use long into the future. It also offers a chance for volunteers to learn more about Canberra's early pioneering families.

The success of these projects will depend on the skills and time of our members. We are looking for people to help with all aspects of the projects, including scanning, research and writing content. It will be a fantastic opportunity to both learn new skills and put hard-earned skills to good use. And… learn more about the history of our beautiful city!

To learn more about both projects and how you may be able to assist come along to the October monthly meeting register for monthly meeting, and the Information Meeting on Thursday 15 October at 4pm.  You can register for the meeting register for information meeting, or contact for more information.

For other grants winners for this year go to successful-projects-for-2020-2021 .