Federation Of Family History Societies

Future Meetings

GM Autumn 2014

The GM will be held on Saturday 20th September 2014 at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. The meeting will commence at 1.30pm promptly. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the brand new First World War Galleries which will be fully opened in the summer of 2014 to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War. Further details will be added as they become available.

Past Meetings

General Meeting at The National Archives 22 March 2014

It was a time for celebration as representatives from many member societies gathered in this imposing venue.

Our President, Nick Barratt, congratulated the winners of our awards for 2013 and presented certificates to their representatives. Further details can be found at:

It was announced that Francis Howcutt is now Chairman of FFHS Services Ltd. David Holman, the FFHS Chairman, expressed our appreciation to Marian French, the outgoing Chairman of that Company, who is also moving on after eight years of service on the Charity Executive. Marian has made many contributions to the Federation’s activities and we wish her well in the future.

Accountability to members is a key feature of a healthy organisation. The General Meeting is an occasion to ask questions. David Cufley and David Weaver made a number of constructive contributions in this area, which led to detailed explanations about a variety of current and planned activities.

Wesley's Chapel
David Holman presented a token of our thanks to Marian French for all her hard work

AGM/GM - Wesley's Chapel, London 24th March 2012

Members met at Wesley's Chapel, London where they had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the site, a complex of Georgian and Victorian buildings located in a fine Georgian courtyard near the financial district of London. As well as the Chapel, they were able to visit John Wesley’s house which stands next to the Chapel. His home for over a decade, it is one of the finest surviving small Georgian townhouses in London. The museum tells the history of
 Methodism from John Wesley to the present day and its contribution to shaping Britain’s’ political and social history.

Wesley's Chapel
During the General Meeting Dr. Nick Barratt President FFHS presented certificates to winners of the Elizabeth Simpson Award and Best Website Award.

General Meeting - Liverpool 17 September 2011

David Holman with Gavel
David Holman (left) receiving a new gavel from David Cufley, President of North West Kent FHS
David Holman with Medals


David Cufley addressed the meeting and said that in 1988 at the Avery Hill Conference, North West Kent FHS had presented a gavel to the FFHS which had subsequently split when in use! The original gavel had been repaired, however, given its elegant design and weakened condition, as a structural engineer David Cufley had decided that a new gavel was required to resist such vigorous use!! On behalf of the FFHS David Holman accepted the new gavel made from Burbinga wood and thanked David Cufley for the gift.

David Holman (Chairman FFHS) gave a talk entitled Using British medals to help fill out your family tree. The talk prompted a number of questions from the floor and David was thanked for his help and information given.

AGM at Haywards Heath - 26 March 2011

Dr Nick Barratt

The FFHS is delighted to announce that Dr. Nick Barratt was elected as the new President of the FFHS at the  Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 26th March at Haywards Heath. Speaking about his new appointment Nick said:

'It is a great honour and privilege to have been elected President of the Federation of Family History Societies. In many ways, the societies - and their members - are the lifeblood of genealogy, and to represent such committed and dedicated people is a very humbling thought. I have constantly tried to champion the cause of family history societies whenever possible, in print and in broadcast media; because it is even more important today, with so many datasets available online, that people join at least one society so that they can connect to local records and resources that are not online, or find help when they inevitably become stuck at a crucial juncture of their research. Family history societies provide the community cohesion that brings our research experience together - and should be seen as a vital part of the history network beyond the confines of genealogy.'

David Holman and Lady Teviot

Nick Barratt succeeds Lady Teviot who has served as President for ten years. David Holman, Chairman of the FFHS presented Lady Teviot with a bouquet and thanked her on behalf of the FFHS and its member societies for all that she had done for the Federation during her tenure as President. At the General Meeting held on Saturday 26th March 2011 Lady Teviot was elected as a Vice President, a life time appointment. Lady Teviot joins Dr. Colin Chapman, Derek Palgrave and Pauline Litton who are existing Vice Presidents.

David Holman and Lady Teviot

On Friday 25th March 2011 a reception was held for Lady Teviot to thank her for all she had done for the FFHS during her ten year tenure as President, particularly for acting as an excellent ambassador for the FFHS and its member societies during private visits overseas.

The FFHS would like to thank Sussex Family History Group for  their invitation to hold the Annual General and General Meetings in Haywards Heath and for all their help in arranging the meetings.

Thanks also to John Titford who gave a lecture entitled "Bounce-backers: ancestors who moved away, then returned home".

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