The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity. We support, inform and advise 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
You can read more about our activities on our "What We Do" page.
Nearly 2 Million Criminal Records
The FindMyPast website is well-known for hosting a wide range of family history information and indexes contributed by our member societies.
The existing collections have recently been joined by 1.9 million indexed records of criminals from the period 1779-1936. Details included vary from a relatively simple record of the name, date of conviction, offence and sentence to much more lengthy accounts of previous misbehaviour, medical records whilst in gaol and even in some cases the names and addresses of people a convict corresponded with.
Now is your chance to seek out your lawless ancestors and relations and spice up your family history with their stories.
Book Reviews for You
If you are wondering what to read this summer, why not visit the Book Review section of this site?
Our reviewers have delved into a total of 40 books that cover a wide range of topics relating to family history. There must be at least one in the collection suitable for your summer holiday reading.
Really Useful For You
Family historians across the world are delighted to greet the 2015 edition of our "Really Useful Leaflet" (RUL).
This publication includes a wealth of help for everyone interested in exploring their families' stories. It is one of the best places in existence for readers to find the latest information about the societies and websites that can help with research and in contacting like-minded enthusiasts. Answers are given to many questions about how to make best use of particular sources and this year we have two specially commissioned articles about Navy and Army records.
In its 24 pages, RUL offers a great deal more than appears in most leaflets.
You can download your free copy of RUL now. Paper copies will be available for collection at the many events that the Federation will attend during 2015 and also at the meetings of many of the family history societies.
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