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Births and Deaths
Find More and Pay Less


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.

GRO has also started a trial service that will make the information that could previously only be bought as a certificate costing £9.25 for only £6.00 per event.

More details appear in our special article on the subject.

Could you be a trustee of FFHS

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The FFHS are looking to recruit trustees to increase our Board and replace those trustees who will be standing down within the next twelve months.

Ideally you will have a keen interest in family history and already belong to a society or group operating within the field of family or local history. You will work with existing trustees to strive for excellence in achieving our mission and fulfilling our strategic aims.

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Oxfordshire registers online

Broad St, Oxford

Scanned and indexed images of many parish registers from Oxfordshire can now be viewed on Ancestry. As well as baptisms, marriages and burials, information is included from registers of banns. The total number of records amounts to some 2,000,000 items.

This collection was prepared in conjunction with Oxfordshire Family History Society and the Oxfordshire History Centre.

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Explore Your Archive


A series of events across the UK and Ireland showcase some of the opportunities provided by local archives across the UK and Ireland.

"Explore Your Archive" is a joint campaign organised by The National Archives and the Archives & Records Association. It aims to demonstrate the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together and tell amazing stories.

Why not get involved? It is very easy to find details of the events in your own area. The dates when they take place vary - the latest of those listed is on 14 December.

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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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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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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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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Market Place


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

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