Awards offered by Member Societies


This is a list of awards that are made, and competitions run, by genealogical and family history societies in Australia and New Zealand. It does not include in-house events where only members can participate.

Merit/Service Awards


AFFHO Award for Meritorous Service to Family History

Promoted by: The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc.
To acknowledge significant contributions to family history in Australia and/or New Zealand by a person or persons and/or an organisation
Offered tri-ennially at the Congress
Nomination(s) to be made by a Member Society of the Federation.
Prize: Certificate plus trophy.

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Family History Awards for writing and/or publishing family histories

Alexander Henderson Award


Promoted by: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.
To acknowledge the best family history published in Australia.
Offered annually
The history must be submitted for judging.

Bob Howard Memorial Award

Promoted by: Blue Mountains Family History Society.
For the best article in The Explorer's Tree (the Society's journal).
Offered annually
Prize: Certificate plus name on perpetual trophy.

Family History Book Award

Promoted by: South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc.
For the best submitted published family history written by a South Australian or about a substantially (three generations plus) South Australian family.
Offered annually
Open - publication to have an ISBN. Prize: Silver/crystal ware
Limited - no ISBN.
Prize: Certificate

High School History Prize

Promoted by: Picton & District Historical & Family History Society Inc.
Offered annually
Open to local high school students only.
Prize: $50.00<

John Nicholls Competition

Promoted by: Illawarra Family History Group Inc.
Offered annually open to school children only.
Prize: Books, certificate, cheque.

Lilian Watson Family History Award

Promoted by: Tasmanian Family History Society Inc.
To encourage family/individual/autobiographical histories with significant Tasmanian content to present the results of their research for others to read and enjoy.Must be presented in book form with a print run of at least 10 books.
Offered annually.
Prize: Framed Certificate, cheque plus one year's free membership to the society

President's Award

Promoted by: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.
Offered annually
The history must be submitted for judging.
Prize: Framed certificate plus cheque.

Queensland Family History Award

Promoted by: Queensland Family History Society Inc.
Offered annually
Must be on Queensland family history.
Prize: Certificate plus one year free membership of the Society.

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Last modified: 12 October 2015

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