FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

Could you be a trustee of FFHS

The FFHS are looking to recruit trustees to increase our Board and replace those trustees who will be standing down within the next twelve months.

Ideally you will have a keen interest in family history and already belong to a society or group operating within the field of family or local history. You will work with existing trustees to strive for excellence in achieving our mission and fulfilling our strategic aims.

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Edith Craig portrait

Was your ancestor on the stage?

Experts are opening the digital doors to one of the most significant theatre archives in the UK and offering you the opportunity to discover your theatrical ancestors.

The AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors project is holding a conference at the British Library on Friday 29 July, 10am-5pm. Professor Katharine Cockin, University of Hull, and her team will demonstrate a new online resource enabling you to search through digitised programmes, cast lists and links to other theatrical information. The conference includes free entry to the British Library's exhibition, Shakespeare in Ten Acts.

Register here: http://www.bl.uk/events/searching-for-theatrical-ancestors

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Cholera - The Victorian Plague

A recent item in our book review section reports on a very readable account of the cholera epidemics of the Victorian age. "Cholera - The Victorian Plague" by Amanda J Thomas talks about the spread of the disease, where it came from and how it was transmitted. The focus is on London with much detail about how the authorities tried to provide cleaner air and water and in many cases failed, but there is also material about other cities - Liverpool and Bristol in particular.

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Durham Cathedral 1799

Northumberland & Durham records

Northumberland & Durham FHS has an extensive programme of meetings and publications. The latter include more than 2.8 million records of baptisms, marriages, burials, memorial inscriptions and other data that can be searched on the FindMyPast website. The online collection is still growing, with over 30,000 extra baptism records drawn 17 parishes recently added.

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National Archives guides and more

One of the largest collections of records used by family historians is at The National Archives (TNA). Its well-equipped premises are a short walk from Kew Gardens station, which is served by the District line (Underground) and the North London line (Overground).

Visitors to the TNA find the large series of research guides extremely helpful when preparing the next stages of their investigations.

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Somerset & Dorset Photographs Project

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true with family photographs, which remind us of likenesses across the generations and add to the impact of the stories about our forebears.

The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society is setting up a searchable database of photographs of named people from those two counties.

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Just starting to research your family?

Our "Research Tips" pages are packed with useful information showing you how to get started on your family history research.

Where should I start? What information is available? What can I get from the internet? Where are original records kept? How do I record what I find? How can I get help? All these questions and more are explored within these pages.

Two new pages of help with researching emigration to South America and Transportation have recently been added.

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Find A Family History Society


We have over 180 member societies, all helping their members to research their ancestors in England, Wales, Ireland and beyond.

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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Fairs and Open Days

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Many of our member societies organise or have stands at Fairs or Open Days around the country.

These events offer great opportunities for veteran researchers and newcomers to family history to follow their interests and meet fellow enthusiasts.

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Market Place


Purchasing online from one of our affiliated partners can benefit the FFHS at no extra cost to you.

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