The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity. We represent, advise and support our membership, which consists of family history societies and similar bodies across the world.
To achieve our mission, we:
co-ordinate and assist the work of organisations interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry
foster co-operation and projects that help researchers
represent the interests of family historians, especially in the preservation and availability of archives.
First World War Centenary
Are you involved in a project within your own community, local history society, family history society or other group or organisation which is researching the lives of local people who served in WW1 or who were left behind to keep the home fires burning? Do you know of a website which contains information that might help others further their own research into their WW1 ancestors?
If so please contact Philippa McCray the Administrator
so that we can include details within our dedicated WW1 Centenary Pages
Are there any Family History Fairs/Events in my area?
Whether you are just starting out with your research or are an experienced researcher, family history fairs are definitely worth a visit. There are usually a variety of exhibitors including family history societies, commercial data providers and suppliers of a wide range of goods to aid your research: books, maps, CD's, archive storage solutions and much much more!
Always check the website of the fair organisers for up to date details of the event as there may be talks or workshops taking place for which pre-booking is necessary.
Details of known events can be found on GENEVA (GENealogical EVents and Activities)
Buying Certificates Direct Saves You Money
Like many good things in life, family history costs money. For instance, when exploring events from 1837 onwards you may need to buy a birth, marriage or death certificate.
Pay considerably more to one of the businesses that takes your order, passes the order on to the General Register Office, asks the certificate to be sent to the business and then forwards the certificate to you.
The extra steps make the second option slower as well as more expensive than buying direct.
Remember. Even if you found the reference at a website that offers to obtain the certificate for you, there is no need to pay more than £9.25. Just use the reference when you order direct from the General Register Office.