Wangaratta Family History Society Inc.

Research Checklist

We are currently in the process of relocating from 100 Murphy Street, Wangaratta and as yet do not have a new space finalised however we are continuing to operate remotely, accepting research, general enquiries and appointments through this website, our email, facebook or telephone. Please check our "Contact Page" for updated details.

Birth to School
Adoption papers; Awards; Baby Book; Birth Certificate; Baptismal & Christening records; Graduation papers; Guardianship papers; Honor rolls; Reports; School photos; Schoolbooks & Diaries.

Anniversary Announcements; Confirmation; Invitations; Wedding Announcements; Wedding Book & photo albums; Transcripts.

Divorce papers

Eulogy; Funeral Notice; Memorial notices; Obituary; Inquests.

Every Day Life
Financial details; Income Tax records; Letters, Cards, Postcards; Biography; Diary; Journal; Will.

Apprenticeship paper; Awards; Retirement Records; Union records.

Military Records
Entry & discharge; Medical Records; Regiment, Squadron details; Service & Ribbons Medals; Service Records; Severance details.

Land and Property Deeds
Estate record; Leases; Mortgages; Titles; Mining rights; Water rights.

Bible; Coat of Arms; Family Trees; Newspaper articles; Autograph books; Birthday books; Family photos.

Health Centre records; Hospital records; Pharmacy records.

Citizenship papers
Convict Records; Deportment papers; Naturalization papers; Passports.

Business; Professional; Visa; Drivers; Firearms & Hunting License

Household Items
Engraved Items; Handcrafts; Silverware & China.

Summary of some of the group's records
Cemetery Records; Church Records; Baptism Records; Marriage Records; Rate Books; Genealogical Records; Directories; Shipping Books; Family Histories; North Eastern Books; School Registers; District Maps; Photographs; Electoral Rolls.
'Benalla' Newspapers; Microfiche and CD's; Newspaper Index Cards; Births; Deaths; Marriage's Forms (Australia Wide); Magazines from many Groups.

Hints for the Genealogist

  • Write letters, letters and even more letters.
  • Read member's interest lists, stray certificates - or other things that may resemble the name you are researching.
  • When you visit another town, visit the Cemetery
  • Visit the family history section of the library
  • Do not despair when you are stuck - just keep trying
  • When emailing include your postal address
  • When requesting information, include a business size self addressed envelope as well
  • Use lists on the Internet and email as well, to find contacts with your family tree branch
  • Do not forget to use 'favourites'
  • Always offer to pay on return mail to cover expenses.
  • Use the Internet, it's one of the best ways to gather information.


  • We swap magazines with many other genealogy groups through out Australia.
  • Please check our magazine cupboard, they may help solve your family mystery.