FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

2018 FFHS Public Conferences Announced

Bristol 13-15 April 2018 - Every Ancestor Matters
London 29 September 2018 - Beyond the Census III

For more information or to register an interest please contact

Children's Homes

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Few family histories lack a child who, at some stage or another, was placed in institutional care.

This book covers a long historical perspective, with much detail about the background and operation of the institutions that catered for orphaned, abandoned and other children needing a home and education.

Use this link to read a review of this new book.

Chester & Cheshire history centres

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Sites at Chester and Crewe have been reserved for new history centres to house the local Archives and Local Studies service. Do read the "Relocation Special Edition" report for more about the plans and how you can take part in the consultation process.

Cheshire Family History Society has much to offer those who live or have ancestry in the area.

The picture by Louise Rayner shows Watergate Street, Chester in the late-19th century.

New App for FamilySearch Tree

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The FamilySearch Tree helps us find records about our forebears and work with others to add and improve information there. It has is a strong emphasis on quoting sources for the data that you submit.

A recently launched mobile app makes it much easier to take part, even with limited time available. You can find more in a special article in the FamilySearch blog.

Cheaper than certificates


Details of births and deaths in England and Wales from July 1837 onwards are normally available as certificates which cost £9.25 each. However, the General Register Office has launched an offer that lets us buy the same information online as a PDF for only £6.00. You can find further details, including the periods covered, at the GRO site.

The PDF service will continue until 12 January 2018 or, maybe, for longer.

Portsmouth Records online

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Many images of parish registers from the Portsmouth area, along with indexes of the subjects' names, have recently been added to the FindMyPast site. More than 550,000 baptisms, 379,000 brides & grooms and 312,000 burials recorded there have been indexed.

If you are researching families at Portsmouth and elsewhere in Hampshire, it is well worth exploring what the Hampshire Genealogical Society has to offer.

Family History Research Wiki

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This free website has over 86,000 articles and is well-stocked with relevant maps, videos and illustrations. You can search it for topics such as particular places, types of sources and research methods.

Users are encouraged to share their knowledge with others by writing fresh articles and augmenting ones that are already online.

Find A Family History Society


Search our lists of member societies to find a family history society near you or in the area you are researching.

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FamilySearch moves on

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The microfilm service at Family History Centres has been replaced by access to digital images of numerous original records. Some of FamilySearch's vast collection can now even be viewed at home.

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