The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc. (AFFHO) is the umbrella organisation for family history societies in the region.
AFFHO was established in 1978 to coordinate and assist the work of Australian and New Zealand groups with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry and related subjects.
AFFHO is managed by an elected Council comprising of a voting member from each state or territory and New Zealand. Councillors are elected annually by the member societies within their region. The Council also comprises non-voting delegates from those states that have a state association. Currently these are NSW/ACT, QLD and VIC.
The role of AFFHO is to:
- co-ordinate and assist the work of organisations interested in family history, genealogy, heraldry and allied subjects,
- promote and encourage the study of the above subjects throughout Australia and New Zealand,
- promote, develop, foster and support the establishment of educational, advisory and other services for the benefit of members,
- maintain close co-operation and liaison with societies and organisations having objectives and aims similar to those set forth above,
- affiliate and enter into arrangements of a co-operative nature with organisations having objectives and purposes similar to those of the Federation for the purposes of assisting the Federation to further its objectives and carry out its purposes, and,
- carry on any other activities which may seem to the Federation capable of being conveniently carried on for the purpose of furthering the objects of the Federation or which may directly or indirectly further those objects.
This is put into effect by:
- formulating policies and disseminating information on matters concerning members;
- lobbying for changes in policies, particularly those of Government, that affect family history records and access;
- endorsing and promoting congresses on family history and allied subjects;
- publishing the AFFHO Newsletter (Newsflash) and books on suitable subjects;
- monitoring international happenings on the genealogical scene through an informal association and exchange of newsletters with other national federations.