Important Information from the AFFHO Council – March 2020
In the interest of everyone’s personal safety, we strongly advise member organisations not to hold physical meetings at present, for whatever reason. But we do encourage you to use email and/or telephone to maintain close, regular contact with both family and society friends. Should you be feeling particularly adventurous, why not start using Google Hangouts, Skype, Webex or Zoom for the same purpose? All provide their basic services for free and are far easier to use than you might imagine. Self-isolation can be very lonely and a friendly face ‘on screen’ could prove most uplifting! One thing is most certain – no family historian worthy of the name should ever be lacking in things to do! We suddenly and unexpectedly have a wonderful opportunity to complete those all-important research documentation tasks we never previously had time for. And what about that backlog of Newsletters and Journals you’ve been meaning to read? Need a break? There are also life histories to be written, experiences to share, books to read, computer and/or research skills to enhance. When that’s all done, maybe you could follow-up with indexing, or transcribing. In fact, it’s so easy to fill your time with all things family history, that some form of prudent rationing may still be required.
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.