Scottish Ancestry Group

Scottish Ancestry Group (SAG)Scotland

The Scottish Ancestry Group was founded in March 1990 by a group of GSV members with a common interest in their Scottish heritage. In May 1991, the group was formally adopted as a Service Group of The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc.

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Next Meeting:
Saturday 16th June 2018, 1.00 pm in the GSV meeting room.
Topic: More Scottish Internet Resources

Six fifteen minute segments by multiple speakers covering:
County Archives - Perth, Dundee and Haddington
ScotlandsPlaces web site
St Andrews University Archives
Scottish photographers - dating photographs
The National Archives of the United Kingdom
Scottish Architects

Four meetings are held each year. These are on the third Saturday of March, June & September, and the fourth Saturday in November.

All GSV members and all Thistle subscribers are welcome at the four meetings.
Visitors, i.e. non GSV members, are also welcome.

SAG Renewal-2017-2018

How to join

Scottish Ancestry Group Committee 2017-2018

Chairperson: Margaret McLaren
Treasurer: Carlene Catramados
Membership Secretary: John Blackwood
Thistle Editor: Joy Roy
Committee Members: Susan McLean, Malcolm Horsburgh, Margaret Ledley


1. To promote awareness of the group and its activities
2. To promote research into Scottish family history
3. To promote an understanding of the nuances relating to research into
Scottish family history
4. To publish a quarterly newsletter "Thistle" containing material
relevant to Scottish family history
5. To publish other publications containing material relevant to Scottish
family history
6. To hold meetings on a quarterly basis to enable topics relevant to
Scottish family history to be presented
7. To hold workshops, road shows, seminars, conferences etc., as and when
8. To collect and donate research materials relevant to Scottish family
history to the GSV Library
9. To exchange newsletters with like groups locally, nationally and

Who may join?

Anyone may join the Scottish Ancestry Group on payment of the annual membership fee.

GSV members may attend the Scottish Ancestry Group quarterly meetings at no charge, but unless they are also financial members of the Scottish Ancestry Group, they may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group or vote at the annual election of Scottish Ancestry Group office bearers.

Members who are not GSV members may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group.

Where a Scottish Ancestry Group activity involves the use of the GSV Library, any member who is not a GSV member will be required to pay the GSV Library Visitor's Fee.

How to Join

The annual membership fee is $11.00 (including GST), for any number of people at the same address

The membership fee year is from 1st September until 31st August the following year, and there is a pro rata fee if you join any time during the year

Complete the application form and send it with your remittance to the address as shown. Note that any cheques and/or money orders must be made payable to The Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Application forms may also be processed in person at the GSV Reception during normal business hours, or you can bring them to the next Scottish Ancestry Group meeting.

Scottish Ancestry Group
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000.

Beginner's Workshops

The Scottish Ancestry Group offers new members, as well as those stuck in their research, a "hands-on" class where you can learn the basic steps to Scottish Family History research plus how to locate all the Scottish resources in the GSV Library. Class numbers are small so that each participant can be given individual attention by experienced genealogists.

Workshop places must be pre-booked, and new members can register their interest on the Application form.  Workshops will be advertised in Thistle. The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday 28th April 2018, 10am - 3pm.
Bookings email:

Other services

Conferences and Seminars: From time to time, conferences, seminars, and other sessions separate from the normal meeting schedule will be held to enable a broad range of information to be disseminated. These events will be advertised in Thistle, Ancestor and the GSV's web site.

Library Donation Fund: One of the aims of the Scottish Ancestry Group is to donate material relevant to Scottish Family History research to the GSV Library.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. All cheques and money orders need to be made out to "The Genealogical Society of Victoria". Make sure you clearly nominate that your payment is a donation to the Scottish Ancestry Group Library Donation Fund.

Mailing Address
Scottish Ancestry Group
c/o GSV
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000 Victoria