Our Research Centre was established at the Lemon Tree Passage Old School Centre in February 1986 and the society has been gathering and preserving historical records since its inception.
Our spacious facility is air-conditioned and well equipped with an extensive resource library, CD Rom collection, internet computers, family history files, local historical collection, interstate and overseas collections, map and photograph collections. There is a separate room for microfiche/ film reading and also a kitchenette with adjoining refreshment room.
The Society has access to Worldwide Ancestry.com and is an affiliate Family History Centre for Latter Day Saints.
The aim of the Society is to offer genealogy, local history and heritage research facilities to members, visitors and the wider community. The society is a non-profit association and most of our equipment and material at hand has been due to the generosity of past and present members and many fund raising events.
Our society actively promotes the compilation of those historical records and research into non-fiction reference books. To date, nine significant publications about our Port Stephens history have been produced by the society. Click on the SHOP page for a complete list of publications.
“SO, COME FIND YOUR ANCESTORS – THEY WILL HAVE LOTS OF STORIES TO SHARE WITH YOU”
Whether you are a seasoned genealogist, amateur detective or just a beginner, our society has researchers on hand to assist and guide you through your ancestral journey.
Our Research Centre is located at the Lemon Tree Passage Old School Centre, 14 Kenneth Parade, Lemon Tree Passage (see Google map).
The Society’s Research Centre is open to the public between 10am – 1pm every Thursday and 2nd & 4th Saturday afternoons 1.00pm – 4.00pm (by appointment only and except public holiday weekends). Visitors are most welcome. A small charge of $5 applies. If you require additional one-on-one assistance with research, a $10 fee applies.
The Society will undertake research for a fee. Please refer to the RESEARCH page.
The Society is a current member of the following organisations:
- Port Stephens Council Heritage Advisory Committee
- Hunter Heritage Network
- Royal Australian Historical Society NSW
- Association of Family History Societies
- Tomaree Museum