The AJGS (Vic) Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.  There are also Jewish Genealogical Societies in ACT, NSW, S.A. and W.A.

Founded in 1997, we have approximately 140 members.  Governed by a Committee of Management, in accordance with its by-laws, all members are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the operation of the Society.  Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy, regardless of religion or ethnicity, is welcome to become a member.

We are a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) connecting its members with over 80 Jewish Genealogical Societies worldwide.

We have members with a broad-range of genealogical skills and knowledge who are willing to share information with both the beginning and experienced researcher.

Objectives of the Society

- To encourage Jewish family research
- Educate AJGS members and the public on Jewish genealogy through lectures, seminars and workshops.
- Stimulate and provide instruction in the use of research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness.
- Promote preservation of and access to Jewish genealogical records and resources,


Meetings are held monthly and provide a mix of lectures, workshops and panels geared to assist genealogists in searching for their Jewish roots.

The meetings also provide the opportunity to network with others researching the same areas and history.

Library Resources

We have a library of Jewish genealogically relevant reference books, maps, newsletters and journals.  The library collection is housed at the Makor Jewish Community Library, 306 Hawthorn Rd, South Caulfield, 3162 (03 9272 5611).

Online catalogue: www.makorlibrary.com

The library is open:
- Mon-Thurs 10:00am to 5:00pm
- Sunday 2:00pm -to 5:00pm
- (except Jewish holidays)


Membership ($30.00) includes four issues of our newsletter, 'Jewish Genealogy Downunder', reduced entry fees to our meetings and a reduction for the membership of Makor Library.  Concession available for pensioners and students.  For an additional $10.00 p.a. one can subscribe to 'The Kosher Koala', the quarterly newsletter distributed by N.S.W.