Founded 1987 with a Membership of 1,300 worldwide
The Society covers 11 Ancient Parishes: - Almondbury, Birstall, Batley, Dewsbury, Emley, Hartshead, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Mirfield and Thornhill.
The Society has transcribed 2 million records and supports:-
A research centre, the Root Cellar in Meltham, with Internet
until the spring of 2009 the Wiltshire Family History Society’s headquarters was close to the famous Market Place in Devizes. Now it is in less historic surroundings: a unit in a Business Centre on the outskirts of town: There is much more space for administration, research, storage and meetings, and the facilities are so much improved that the volunteers hardly miss the “good old days” with coffees in the town centre’s coaching inns.
Of the 2400 members worldwide, over fifty keep the Society and its branches running, answer queries and manage sales, while about thirty transcribers contribute to the creation of quality publications and indexes. The Society’s many products are for sale through Genfair, and indexes, records and members’ interests can be found on its website or findmypast.com .
Membership is only £12, and includes the excellent quarterly Journal with articles, research information, members’ interests, details of meetings etc. Members and non-members are welcome at the regular branch meetings in Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Wilton (near Salisbury), Swindon, Trowbridge and Westbury. Seminars are held periodically, and the 2010 Open Day will be on 19 June in Salisbury. Details of these events and much more about the Society’s personalities, activities, facilities and how to join are on its website.
THE NEW ONE DAY CONFERENCE!
Featuring exclusive seminars with esteemed speakers Peter Christian, Julian Litten and Nick Barratt, this is the way to delve even deeper into your family history and make new discoveries, however long you've been researching.
We’re giving you the chance to buy two adult tickets for £22, that’s a saving of £22*! To claim this special offer and get your tickets to the country’s biggest and most comprehensive family history event, simply call 0871 230 5596 or visit www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk and quote FFHS241 today!
*£2 transaction fee applies. 2 for 1 offer ends 19th February 2010. On-door standard entry tickets priced at £22 each. Workshop tickets available free on-site, or in advance at a cost of £2. This is not a BBC event.
Guy Etchells who was responsible for the challenge to the Information Commissioner that resulted in the 1911 census for England & Wales being released early has challenged the refusal of the NHS Information Centre to release information taken during the 1939 Identity Card Registration and has now received a ruling by the Information Commissioner partially in his favour where the information relates to deceased persons.
As personal information relating to the 1931 Census has been lost and a census due to be taken in 1941 never happened because of WWII, access to the information provided for a National Identity Card would fill a big gap for family historians.
The FFHS has no further information at this time.
For more comprehensive information about the 1939 Registration process and to learn about the reasoning behind National Registration
Indexes to births, marriages and deaths -
Familyrelatives.com is proud to announce the addition of 1 million new medical records spanning over 90 years from 1853-1943. The records provide a fascinating insight and invaluable resource to anyone researching the background of any family member who was a doctor, dentist or midwife.
Findmypast.com after much hair-tearing have finally launched the complete 1851 census.
Theoriginalrecord.com have recently added a number of new records from the 1950’s. If you have an ancestor who was a Royal Naval Reserve Officer, Chartered Electrical Engineer or who might be listed in the Guy’s Hospital (London) Directory why not check out their website?
The FFHS has a list of Useful Websites in ‘our really useful leaflet’ which can be downloaded from our website www.ffhs.org.uk
Here at FFHS we have recently been reflecting on the changes that have taken place in family history since our formation in 1974.
In 1995 the FFHS celebrated its 21st Anniversary with a Reception at the House of Lords. David Lambert then Chairman of the FFHS in his Toast to the Future said “When Family History was in its infancy 21 years ago, not every County had a Family History Society and it was the view of the First Annual General Meeting that a County Society should form initially and cover the largest area it could manage hoping that’ it could fragment later on and that if and when it happened further Societies could form under its umbrella’”.
The fragmentation process has clearly developed since then. Our member societies are all committed to helping their own members to research their ancestors in England & Wales and overseas.
For a full list of Member Societies covering the counties of England & Wales, Overseas, One-Name and Other please visit www.ffhs.org.uk
In May 2009 we reported on a new project to produce a complete list of all Devon testamentary matter.
The first progress
TNA has made available for the first time online a collection of early Irish maps (c.1558 - c.1610). They depict plantations, fortifications and townships from the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. The maps often name the local chiefs and major families in an area, providing useful information for family historians
Can You Help?
The FFHS is seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic and committed individual who has five hours to spare per week in which to assist the FFHS Administrator.
The successful applicant will work from home on a self employed basis. You will need access to a computer and be computer literate, knowledge of Access & Excel would be an advantage but is not essential.
To register your interest
and for further information, please contact Philippa McCray,
Change to Opening Times
The National Archives at Kew will be open for five days a week Tuesdays to Saturday from 4th January 2010. Opening hours and document ordering times will be increased on these days.
The FFHS Ezine has a current
readership of over 17,000 worldwide.
To discuss sponsorship or advertising, please e-mail the Ezine Editor Di Maskell
Lutterworth LE17 9BJ
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