What is the Federation?
The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity formed in 1974.Our membership has grown to over 180 societies throughout the world, including national and local societies as well as one-name groups.
The Federation attends a variety of events around the country. We use these opportunities to stimulate interest in family history and encourage new members to join family history societies. For a listing of events (not just those at which FFHS will be present), visit GENEVA (GENealogical EVents and Activities).
Our Really Useful Information Leaflet is aimed at everyone and includes sections on:
- Useful Websites
- Researching Your Family History
- FFHS Member Societies
- FFHS on the road
A bi-monthly Ezine is available free of charge.
An Australasian edition of our really useful information leaflet is available for download.
Through our website and other means of communication, we ensure that family history news, book reviews and guidance on how to learn more about the subject are readily available to member societies and to the general public. You can find a list of speakers who are available to give talks on particular subjects by visiting our Directory of Speakers.
The Federation makes representations to official bodies on matters affecting the study of family history and related topics. We regularly liaise with organisations such as The National Archives and the General Register Office.
The Federation continues to explore the funding needs of genealogical data projects of widespread interest. We are currently helping to fund two such projects in order to make important sources accessible across the world free of charge:
- First World War Conscription Appeals – as a result of our help, digitised records that tell the stories of over 8,000 individuals are now available online.
- Manorial Documents Register – we are helping to update the register for four counties, prior to their details being added to the online version of this important guide to name-rich material. The relevant counties are Kent, Northamptonshire, Northumberland and Wiltshire.
Our members are societies specialising in family history or an associated discipline. Full membership is open to properly constituted organisations in the British Isles. Associate membership is available to overseas family history, genealogical and heraldic groups as well as to other bodies within the British Isles for whom family history is a secondary interest.
For contact and other details, see our full list of member societies.
The Federation encourages the production of high quality journals and websites by making awards each year. Entries are accepted from member societies. The Elizabeth Simpson award recognises the journal making the best contribution to family history and the Geoff Riggs award is presented for the best website. Details of past winners and how to enter are available on our Awards pages.