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Family Tree magazine, in partnership with FFHS, is bringing a brand new two-day event to London's Alexandra Palace. Tickets are now available!

FFHS member societies can book stands at a special rate. Please see the application form in our Members Area.

Family Tree Live coming soon!

We are VERY excited here at the Federation - we can't wait to bring this show to you. We've spent many months working in partnership with Family Tree magazine to make sure it will be a fantastic event for family historians.

Find out why it's going to be unmissable: listen to the sponsors of the show, including the Federation's very own Steve Manning and Ian Waller, explain why Family Tree Live (at Alexandra Palace on 26 and 27 April), is going to be such a great event.


FFHS Every Ancestor Matters II Conference

Saturday 18th May 2019, Priory Street Centre, York

Our FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference programme has been assembled to both broaden and deepen your understanding of the wonderfully diverse and absorbing interest we call 'Family History'.

Attendance at the Saturday 18th May session of the FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference costs just £19:50.

Capacity is limited, so Please Book Early to avoid disappointment.

FFHS is rebranding

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The Federation of Family History Societies is rebranding as 'Family History Federation'. This will officially launch at Family Tree Live in April 2019 along with a new-look website. The rebrand acknowledges that our membership is wider than just family history societies and how our focus is firmly on family history.

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FamilySearch changes at Kew

FamilySearch Library

The London FamilySearch Centre, which currently operates at The National Archives, will close on Saturday 23 March 2019. However, The National Archives has agreed to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library and will provide continued access to all the digitised records that FamilySearch makes available. These include many which for contractual reasons it is not possible to consult at home.

FamilySearch volunteers will no longer be present at Kew, but otherwise the service will be much the same as that currently provided.

Access to FamilySearch records is free of charge but visitors to its site need a free FamilySearch account, which is easy to set up at any time that suits you.

Keeping Up with Manorial Documents


Manorial documents are a valuable resource for those interested in family and local history.

The National Archives is setting up a Manorial Documents Research mailing list for everyone who would like to receive updates about:

  • Research projects dealing with manorial documents
  • Events related to manorial documents
  • Progress in revising the Manorial Documents Register

To join the mailing list, please email mdr@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Now is a particularly exciting time to subscribe, as the Manorial Documents Register revisions for the whole of England & Wales will be completed in the next few years. Alongside other events, a conference in 2022 will celebrate this progress and showcase a wide range of manorial research.

Can DNA Tests Help You?


The Federation has launched a report about the types of DNA tests available and how they may help family history research.

Written from the view point of the researcher, the report suggests questions to ask before deciding whether to purchase one of the products available.

You can read and download your own free copy of the report here.

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