The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity. We support, inform and advise our membership, which consists of family history societies and similar bodies across the world.
To achieve our mission, we:
co-ordinate and assist the work of organisations interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry
foster co-operation and projects that help researchers
represent the interests of family historians, especially in the preservation and availability of archives
You can read more about our activities on our "What We Do" page.
New Venue - New Connections
Thousands of family history enthusiasts made their way to three brilliant days at this year's "Who Do You Think You Are Live" exhibition.
We greeted many first-time visitors at the FFHS stall.They were pleased to receive free copies of the "Really Useful Leaflet" and to discover more about our member societies and the Federation itself.
The display screen and leaflet stand were particularly useful in attracting interest in the societies that were not present at a stall of their own.
It was great to be able to help individuals with their research questions, foster contact with our members and catch up with friends old and new.
Exhibitors were generally very pleased with the new venue at the National Exhibition Centre. It has excellent transport links and a more spacious layout than Olympia. The entire event took place on the same level, so no stair-climbing!. The numbers attending were most encouraging and the show is due to return to the NEC next year too.
Many thanks to our volunteers. They put so much effort into ensuring that we made a positive impact and encouraged even more people to become involved in family history societies.
You can find more pictures that were taken at the event by visiting Birmingham 2015.
Welcome to Our New Chairman
A highlight of the Federation's recent Annual General Meeting was to welcome our newly elected Chairman.
Steve Benson is well-known to family historians across the country, not least for his many attendances at exhibitions and other events and personal contact with numerous existing and prospective members of family history societies.
We are delighted to have Steve at the helm, in succession to David Holman who is moving on to well-deserved retirement from the Chairmanship.
The picture shows Steve (right) receiving the Chairman's chain of office from our President Nick Barratt (left).
Really Useful For You
Family historians across the world are delighted to greet the 2015 edition of our "Really Useful Leaflet" (RUL).
This publication includes a wealth of help for everyone interested in exploring their families' stories. It is one of the best places in existence for readers to find the latest information about the societies and websites that can help with research and in contacting like-minded enthusiasts. Answers are given to many questions about how to make best use of particular sources and this year we have two specially commissioned articles about Navy and Army records.
In its 24 pages, RUL offers a great deal more than appears in most leaflets.
You can download your free copy of RUL now. Paper copies will be available for collection at the many events that the Federation will attend during 2015 and also at the meetings of many of the family history societies.
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