RTFHS welcomes locals and family historians from around the world. We have members who joined because they enjoy coming to our Monthly Meetings to catch up with friends and listen to interesting speakers. Many members from across the world like to read "The Cedar Log" award winning journal. Our unique local resources attract members who are researching families from this area. The group has grown and expanded over the years and continues to bring support, joy and friendships to our members. For a modest price our members enjoy many benefits.

The annual fee is $40 per year or $50 for a couple per year.

How to Become a Member

Step 1: Download and complete our online form. 

Step 2: Payment options:

Direct Deposit - bank details in the membership form, or by cheque.

Send completed form to 

By post to the Membership Secretary, RTFHS Inc, PO Box 817, Ballina, 2478.


Individual Membership

$40 / year

Couples Membership

$50 / year

Reasons To Join

Membership Benefits

Use of the Marie Hart Library

We are delighted to have a library on the shores of the beautiful Richmond River.

  • Free research with full access to useful resources with new ones regularly added.
  • Free use of the internet: Find My Past, The Genealogist and other free websites.
  • Advice and help from volunteers during opening hours.
  • Borrow books and journals from the library (some exceptions, clearly marked).

Attend the Monthly Meeting (Bring a friend!)

  • Listen to interesting speakers who present a range of topics in a professional yet entertaining fashion.
  • Benefit from the contributions of other members who share success stories and frustrations!
  • Enjoy Afternoon Tea which provides opportunity for a friendly chat about your research efforts.
  • This social get together often leads to new friendships.

Receive regular issues of our Journal

  • “The Cedar Log” is published quarterly and is free to all members either in print form or electronic. Articles submitted by members present a broad range of interesting and helpful material. Any member can contribute and the editor is able to “iron out any rough spots” for the beginners!

RTFHS Website

  • We have moved some records online for members to access. If you are not able to visit our library in person you can become a member and access a range of our resources online including local resources and publications from other societies.

Attend Seminars (fee applies)

  • Throughout the year guest speaker events or special interest seminars may be held on a wide range of topics.

Participate in special interest groups

  • Groups are formed as demand indicates. At present our DNA special interests group has grown in numbers and regularly holds meetings in the Library.

Let your membership benefit both of us

  • Belonging can work both ways.
  • There are opportunities for you to give something to the group. We are always needing volunteers to help in the Marie Hart Library (training is available) and with a variety of small tasks. Share your ideas and talents with us!