Becoming a member of CHDFHS Inc. offers you many benefits.  You will you get full access to our comprehensive collection of family history indexes and databases, books, microfilms, microfiche and computer resources as well as helpful advice and assistance from the duty monitors.  Our resources are not limited to the Coffs Harbour District but include many covered Australia and overseas.

In addition you will have:

  • Free access to major subscription websites (, Findmypast, TheGenealogist, British Newspapers Archive and the Biographical Database of Australia). 

  • Access to many restricted images of microfilms, etc. available from LDS FamilySearch as our Society is an affiliated library. 

Your personal login is required

  • to access the site in our room.

  • Borrowing Library: selected books, CDs and DVDs as well as exchange journals from similar organisations are available to be borrowed by members.

  • Free attendance at workshops generally held on a monthly basis (excl. January and December).

  • Special rates for full day seminars generally held twice each year in lieu of the monthly workshop.

  • Free quarterly issue of the Society journal Genie Allergy.

  • Free publication of your research interests in Genie Allergy and in our Members Interests Directory.

  • Regular emails advising of events, Society and other genealogy related news.

  • With CHDFHS Inc.’s membership of both AFFHO (Australian Federation of Family History Organisations); and NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc., you may be entitled to reciprocal visiting rights (free or discounted) at other family history societies (you will need to show proof of your membership).