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R.I.P. BRENDA SMITH – FFHS Assistant Administrator

We sadly learnt from her son Stephen that Brenda passed away on Wednesday 23rd January at a Nursing Home in Nottingham near her youngest son.

Brenda became involved with the FFHS in 1995 when, after interview, she was appointed its first Assistant Administrator.

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Family Tree magazine, in partnership with FFHS, is bringing a brand new two-day event to London's Alexandra Palace. Tickets are now available!

FFHS member societies can book stands at a special rate. Please see the application form in our Members Area.

FFHS Every Ancestor Matters II Conference

Saturday 18th May 2019, Priory Street Centre, York

Our FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference programme has been assembled to both broaden and deepen your understanding of the wonderfully diverse and absorbing interest we call 'Family History'.

Attendance at the Saturday 18th May session of the FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference costs just £19:50.

Capacity is limited, so Please Book Early to avoid disappointment.

Keeping Up with Manorial Documents


Manorial documents are a valuable resource for those interested in family and local history.

The National Archives is setting up a Manorial Documents Research mailing list for everyone who would like to receive updates about:

  • Research projects dealing with manorial documents
  • Events related to manorial documents
  • Progress in revising the Manorial Documents Register

To join the mailing list, please email mdr@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Now is a particularly exciting time to subscribe, as the Manorial Documents Register revisions for the whole of England & Wales will be completed in the next few years. Alongside other events, a conference in 2022 will celebrate this progress and showcase a wide range of manorial research.

Beat the 16 February Price Rise

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It's not long before the cost of birth, marriage or death certificates and of the PDF versions will go up. On 16 February 2019 certificates will increase from £9.25 to £11.00. At the same time, the PDF version will rise from £6.00 to £7.00.

Don't delay!

  • Work out which PDFs or certificates you need.
  • Send in your order before the last-minute rush.

Can DNA Tests Help You?


The Federation has launched a report about the types of DNA tests available and how they may help family history research.

Written from the view point of the researcher, the report suggests questions to ask before deciding whether to purchase one of the products available.

You can read and download your own free copy of the report here.

Heathrow threat to Quaker burials


The former Longford Meeting House, just north of Heathrow airport, is one of the many historical properties that will be destroyed if plans for a third runway go ahead. The building dates back to 1676, when it was opened by the Longford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Many people from Longford and further afield are still at rest in the grounds of this picturesque timber-framed property. Details of their identity can be found on the Ancestry site. Are your ancestors' remains about to be disturbed?

RootsTech 2018

FamilySearch Library

RootsTech is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, home of the largest family history library in the World (pictured). This year, over 17,000 enthusiasts took part. The Federation's stand there showcased our member societies and explained what they have to offer their global membership.

Why not check out the free videos of RootsTech sessions that are available online?

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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FamilySearch moves on

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The microfilm service at Family History Centres has been replaced by access to digital images of numerous original records. Some of FamilySearch's vast collection can now even be viewed at home.

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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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