Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show, SECC Glasgow 6-9 March 2014
Fairs to be Attended by the Federation
During 2013/14 the FFHS will be represented at the following fairs to raise the profile of the Federation and to promote the study of Family History on behalf of our member societies.
Why not make a note in your diary and come along and say hello?
Sewing for Pleasure/Fashion Embroidery & Stitch/Hobbycrafts. NEC Birmingham 20-23 March 2014
Creative Stitches/Fashion Embroidery & Stitch/Hobbycrafts, ExCeL, London 3-5 April 2014
Scottish Association of Family History Societies 25th Annual Conference & Family History Fair, 26 April 2014 Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline
More shows to be added as details become available.
Whilst the FFHS itself does not hold a Family History Fair, most of our member societies hold similar Open Days. Additionally, societies in specific areas often collaborate as a group to organise Family History Fairs on a regional basis. Details of these should normally be found on the web-site of the society concerned (see the "Our Members" pages).
A full list of known Family History Fairs, events and activities can be found on the online calendar of GENEVA (GENealogical EVents and Activities). This is part of the GENUKI pages but it is maintained on behalf of the FFHS as well, and our member societies are encouraged to post details of their main events to this List. A list of events organised as part of the Archives Awareness Campaign can be found at www.archiveawareness.com
Publicise YOUR event with the Federation
The Federation can help you to publicise your events and offers a number of possibilities that can give your event much greater coverage nationally and even worldwide. Most of these are free of charge.
GENEVA (GENealogical EVents and Activities)
Why not put your event on the online calendar of GENEVA? This is part of the GENUKI pages but is maintained on behalf of the FFHS. We encourage our member societies to post details of their main events to this List. This also allows you to check that a nearby society is not holding a similar event on the same day 10 miles away!
For more information
Submit your details
The Federation's FFHS Members List
Send the details of your event set out in a layout that you would like it to appear in to These messages are sent to every one of the Federation's Member Societies. Please make sure you include information on cost of stands (if applicable) and give contact details (No attachments please text only)
The Federation's FFHS-NEWS List
FFHS-NEWS is a 'one-way' Mailing List which is used to make announcements from the Federation and to publish information of general interest. By contrast with the Ezine which is sent out bi-monthly, e-mail announcements on the FFHS-NEWS Mailing List are sent as and when the news is received.
The List is 'one-way' in that anyone is welcome to join the List and receive the announcements, but messages can only be posted to the List centrally. Potential messages that members wish to be considered for posting to the List should be sent to
The Federation website
If you have an item you would like to be considered for inclusion on the FFHS website details should be sent to Space and other considerations make this a medium that we will not always feel is the most appropriate one for your message.
Don't forget the ezine! 14,500 people receive and read it every other month - all with an interest in family history. Consider advertising your event in it or even sponsoring an issue to tell everybody all about your show! Contact the editor at for advertising rates
All these channels are available to member societies. Are you using them as effectively as you could do?
Have you considered other Channels?
- Are you part of a Regional Family History Group? Their websites, newsletters, other member societies.
- Your Society website
- Your Society Journal and newsletters
- Press Releases to Local Radio Stations, T.V. stations, local newspapers and magazines and the Family History press.
- Does your society have an Internet forum or use other forms of social networking such as Twitter or Facebook?
- Paid advertising in local papers - they will often give you a write up in their local activities pages if you are also advertising.
- Posters in libraries, archives offices, Register Offices, supermarkets
If you represent an external organisation and are interested in advertising a Family History related event, in the first instance please contact
Creative Stitches Hobbycrafts, ExCeL, London 4-6 April 2013
The FFHS would like to thank Ian & Carol Whaley for managing the stand on our behalf, also Geoff, Anita, Sandra and Tina for giving their time so generously to help all those who visited our stand for help with their family history enquiries. We hope you all enjoyed the show! The lucky winners of the prize draw are:
Nadia Florence, Angela Walter, Debra Blount and B. Covington who all win prizes donated by findmypast.co.uk
Hobbycrafts, NEC Birmingham 21-24 March 2013
The FFHS would like to thank the following societies for managing the stand on our behalf: Coventry FHS, Rugby FHS, the Guild of One Name Studies and Shropshire FHS. Despite some really awful weather conditions over the four days of the show, a great many visitors were helped with their family history enquiries and lots of interesting stories were shared - thank you to all our volunteers and to those who visited the stand and made it all worthwhile.
The Creative Crafts Show, The Three Counties Showground, Malvern 28 Feb-2 March 2013
The FFHS would like to thank members of Malvern Family History Society for managing the stand on our behalf and for helping so many visitors with their family history enquiries. Thank you to everyone who came along to visit the stand, our volunteers always enjoying chatting to you and trying to help you with your family history enquiries.
The Creative Crafts Show, Five Lakes, Maldon 14-16 February 2013
The FFHS would like to thank Ian & Carol Whaley along with Essex Society for FH members Fred & Heather Feather for manning the stand for the duration of the show. They helped many people and enjoyed themselves! Thank you to everyone who visited the stand and to those who entered the Prize Draw. The winners were Hilary Storey, Witham, Mrs Small, Colchester, Ann Pearsons, West Mercea and Hilary Hedderick, Harlow who have all received vouchers kindly donated by findmypast.co.uk