Wangaratta Family History Society Inc.

News and Events

Please note we are now based at Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street Wangaratta. Telephone: 0474 443626

Seniors Month free events

The Victorian Seniors Festival will be held across the month of October, 2023.

We will be holding two free events at the Wangaratta Library as follows:

Thursday 5th October 2023 10.00 am Using your Computer and Technology to research your ancestry.
This session will be an opportunity to gain the expertise to explore and record your family history.
Bring along your laptop and we will assist with basic computer skills to ensure you are comfortable using:
• Keyboard functions: backspace, enter/return, space bar, delete, tab, shift, and caps lock
• Moving the cursor on-screen with the mouse or touchpad.
• Clicking, right-clicking, and double-clicking the mouse.
• Saving a File
• Downloading and uploading
• Finding, running, and closing a program
During this session we will talk about the programs available to assist with your research and how to use them to get the best results. We will also discuss the software available to record your findings.

Thursday 19th October 2023 – 10.00 am Trouble-shooting with Family Tree Software
Although Family Tree Maker is the most extensively used program, we will be able to offer assistance with other programs. Bring along your laptop and participate in the one-on-one tutoring with our experienced volunteers.
These sessions will commence at 10.00 am. Tea and coffee will be provided during a break for lunch (BYO)
which will also give an opportunity for anyone who will need to move their car.

Although there is no cost associated for these events,
bookings are essential via our email, via phone 0474 443 626 or in person at the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm.

See the brochure below.


Introductory session on Family Tree Maker

The response to our FTM session conducted on 22 June was rewarding. 
Regrettably we were unable to accommodate attendees who had not previously booked. 
WFHS have been encouraged to arrange a further date to meet the requests received. 

The next Family Tree Maker session will be held– July 20th at Wangaratta Library. 
Introductory session – Setting up your family tree on FTM

Although this session will concentrate on the initial set up, an opportunity will be provided for queries from advanced users
10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Morning tea will be provided during a break at 11.30 am.

Members $5.00 - Non-Members $10.00 Please contact us with any queries on 0474 443626 or via EMAIL to

Please book early to ensure we are able to accommodate all participants.

Participants need to bring a laptop (if available) with Family Tree Maker installed. Installation is available to download but costs -


Opening Hours

Our volunteers are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm, to assist with research including:

  • Digitised copies of the Wangaratta Rate Books 
  • Historic DVD and CD collection

Have a chat

We are always keen to talk with individuals interested in working with us either as members or volunteers assisting with research or any aspects of our project work. Contact us via email or phone, or just drop in and have a chat.

Wangaratta Rate Books - Digitising and Indexing 130 years Local History

The Society has received a Grant of $10,678 to Digitise and Index the Wangaratta Rates Books including -

  • Borough of Wangaratta 1863–1939
  • Shire of Wangaratta 1917–1994
  • Shire of North Ovens 1867–1916
  • Shire of Oxley 1937 – 1939
  • Create and Publish a searchable database.

This three year project is already well underway with the first run of digitising completed and indexing of the records currently being carried out by the enthusiastic members and volunteers in our Project.

We are always keen to talk with individuals interested in working with us either as members or volunteers in the research library, assisting with research or any aspects of our project work. Contact us or just drop in and have a chat.

On-Screen Book Catalogue Updated

The on-screen book catalogue available in the library has been updated and is available for use by members and visitors. New books still being catalogued may not be on this latest version, so please check with the Duty Officer if you cannot locate an item.

See also the Library Page for new acquisitions and updates.

New DVD & CD’s

New DVD & CD’s to arrive include:

  • South Australian Deaths - Digger and
  • School & Court Records for North Eastern Victoria

Members' Book & Resource Collections

A database of Members' Resources and/or Collections is currently being compiled which may include books, references, documents, maps, CD's or any research resource.

Should you have resources which you would be willing to list on our Resource Catalogue, please contact the Secretary in the first instance. Doing so means that you are prepared to share information from your holdings with other researchers or family historians, however all item(s) will remain the property of and be retained by the owner.

Your listings will be included on our Catalogue, clearly marked as Members private resources and carry a member number. All items are listed as “Not for Loan” unless otherwise stated and all requests should come in through WFHS.