For a list of our activities for the current year click on the Archive of Events menu item on the left. This also includes records of our activities and events back to 2005.
The Society meets at 10 am on the second Friday
of each month at the Front Hall of the Springwood Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Road Springwood, except January. The usual format is a speaker followed by short business meeting. If the speaker has a long distance to travel, the general meeting is held first. Meeting topics and upcoming events are listed on this website and in th newletter. The majority of the Society's business is conducted by the hard working committee which meets at least monthly.
BMFHS and Blue Mountains City Council Family
History Resources are housed in Springwood Library.
Both the Society and Council have bought many new
resources to be used in the dedicated area where
computers, microfilm and microfiche readers are
situated. Society volunteers are available to help
researchers from 10am to 1pm every Tuesday & Thursday, also on the last monday & Saturday of each month. Check with us or the Library
noticeboard for variations in late December & January Frequently other members are available on the unlisted days.
Researchers will be able to access Society
resources only when Society volunteers are on
duty. Members may continue to borrow Society magazines to be signed out by the library volunteer on duty. Our resources may NOT be borrowed by non-members. As this is a reference and research centre, all reference and resource materials must remain in the Centre. Only Magazines may be borrowed.
In addition Society volunteers are available in Katoomba Library from 2-4 pm on the second & 4th Tuedays of the month. It is possible to book with the Katoomba library staff.
More information is in the section Archive of Events
Materials on open access will, of course, be available during library hours.
Our books, CDs etc are listed on this site under
'Resources', but was reorganised in 2011. The web will not be updated until the reorganisation is complete. See the BMCC Library catalogue for Library family history resources held at
A newsletter is published monthly for members.
It is destributed at the monthly meeting, or emailed to members. Copies are placed in each of the BMCC libraries.
"The Explorers' Tree" magazine is published 3
times a year: February, June & October by and for members. It provides a place of publication for member' research. The Explorers' Tree is exchanged with many other societies.
Society Web Site
Our web site, that you are currently reading, is an important activity of the Society and contains lists of members interests, Society Library resources and details of our activities as a Society.
Added quite often are a Photo Gallery of photographs taken by members at outings and activities. Check out the photos taken in Penrith at our July 2009 Excursion to the Museum of Fire, at our August 2009 Excursion to Historic Windsor and in September 2009 to Historic Camden.
The Blue Mountains Family History Society has begun compiling a list of Convict Ancestors, Pioneers and Interests of our Members. Many of our members have quite a few Convict Ancestors whilst others are researching groups of Convicts or particular Convict Ships. This list, along with details of the member involved is available at the Family History Centre in Springwood Library in a loose-leaf folder.
This list is now also available progressively on this website and will be found here. Convict Interests
Society members are involved in many other
- Organising and conducting seminars such as
the bi-annual one day seminars held in
- Visits to places of interest, including The
Society of Genealogists libraries and Mitchell
Library, Maritime Archives. Esbank House Lithgow, NSW Lands Department, National Archives at Chester Hill and Waverley Cemetery
- Attending seminars of other societies such
as at Kiama & Liverpool etc.
- Having a trade table at other gatherings
such as the NSW & ACT Family History
Conferences and at Tocal, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Maitland etc.
Our original BMFHS Logo
found on letterhead and developed c1990. This original logo was re-discovered by Society President, Joan, in September, 2009