FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

We apologise but the 0800 0856322 number is out of use.
BT have been informed and are working to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Maureen Selley
who has been awarded an honour in the latest 2017 Honours List.

Maureen has been awarded a (BEM) British Empire Medal. The award was made for Services to Local History. Maureen is currently secretary of the Devon Family History Society having previously been their chairman for many years and a great supporter of the FFHS. This award is well deserved for all her hard work in Family and Local History.

Read the small print

Charles Dickens

Family historians are regularly pressurised to purchase DNA tests. Those who do so enter into a contract with the firm providing the service. But how many read its complete terms?

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Wiltshire parish registers

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Scanned and indexed images of Wiltshire parish registers are now available at the Ancestry site. Many go back as far as the 16th century and the periods covered run to as recently as 1916.

 If you have ancestors from that county, it is also well worth finding out more about the Wiltshire Family History Society.

Quaker Records and more

Quaker etching

The Religious Society of Friends (usually known as the Quakers) was formed in the 17th century and is known for the meticulous records kept of the births, marriages and deaths of its members.

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Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office

The opening hours for Derbyshire Record Office are changing from the week beginning 5 June. Its web page sets out full details of the arrangements and services available.

If you live in Derbyshire or have ancestors from the area, it is well worth also checking out what the Derbyshire Family History Society has to offer.

Help across the board

WDYTYA stand

Our volunteers gave a warm welcome to thousands of visitors at the recent "Who Do You Think You Are Live" event. We gave out vast numbers of the Really Useful Leaflet and helped many individuals with research problems, often linking them with a relevant member society.

Children & Young People's Competition

Family Group image

This special competition aims to encourage 5-16 year olds in the UK to start their own research adventure.

Those taking part will use the FFHS "My Family Tree" booklet to help create their own family tree and explain what they have enjoyed most. Prizes include a family day out at Living History Museum.

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Find A Family History Society


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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Archives Unlocked

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The National Archives has launched a vision and action plan to help archives secure their future through digital transformation, investing in new workforce skills, and encouraging innovation.

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Market Place


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

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