Membership of a family history society may greatly assist your research.

Local societies hold specialist collections of material for their specific area as well as family history material from other regions and countries.

Family history societies also provide education in family history research skills and information and assistance in tracing your family tree.

Societies often have special interest research groups. For example, the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) has thirteen special interest groups including early Australian, continental European, Convict, East Anglia, London and Wales. If you aren't in Canberra, check out what your own state or region has to offer.