FEDERATION OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES

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Please be aware that with immediate effect the FFHS phone line 01455 203133 is no longer in operation. If you wish to contact the FFHS by telephone please use Freephone 0800 0856322

Births and Deaths - Index Upgrades

Henry Evans

The General Register Office (GRO) has launched free online indexes for birth and death registrations. These provide more details than any index of these records that was available before.

The trial service that made the information available for less than the £9.25 charge for a certificate has come to an end. It is not known whether or when the cut-price service will be reinstated.

More details appear in our special article on the subject.

FamilySearch looks ahead

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FamilySearch is the world's largest free-of-charge family history website, with 5.57 billion searchable records.

A range of important improvements is planned for 2017, offering enhanced help for family historians.

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Finding facts for your story

Charles Dickens

Family history is much more than just collecting names and dates. When we write up and present our discoveries, it is important to focus on the most interesting stories and put the tale in its context.

Fortunately, an array of free resources is available to help us.

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Explore London in 1827

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Like a picture, a map is worth a thousand words. Bath Spa University College hosts a map of early 19th-century London that shows the area built-up by 1827 as well as some of the adjoining countryside. Each street is named, along with the larger buildings and many other features.

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The Spyglass File
by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

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Our reviewer enjoyed this genealogical novel, the 4th in a series, and believes it would make a good Christmas present for anyone interested in genealogy.

"Morton reluctantly takes up a request to discover who the real parents were of his elderly client who had discovered she had been adopted. His client’s birth occurred during the course of World War Two....."

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Unearthing past lives

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The November 2016 issue of Family Tree magazine, includes an article on a project FFHS sponsored at Gloucestershire Archives. A small team at the archives catalogued around 1000 manuscripts from a firm of solicitors based in the Forest of Dean. Around 3000 names are mentioned in the collection which spans 1572 to 1923.

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Find A Family History Society

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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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National Archives improvements

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Work has started to construct a versatile new events space at the National Archives at Kew. This involves some temporary disruption.

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Free Newsletter

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Subscribe to our free bi-monthly newsletter for all the latest family history news.

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FFHS News

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Market Place

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

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