FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

FFHS seeks Administrator

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic contractor to provide administrative and secretarial support to help us fulfil our aims and objectives.

You will be self-employed, working from your own premises, with your own office equipment and broadband connection. Access to a car and a full driving licence would be advantageous.

The workload will vary over the course of the year but is likely to average around 20 hours per week.

You will be expected to attend about eight meetings per year. These are mainly held in London or Birmingham, with most taking place on Saturdays. In addition you will be expected to attend other events such as WhoDoYouThinkYouAre?Live

Interested? Please visit this page to find out more

Applications to be submitted as soon as possible. Interviews will be held in early December. Please send a CV and covering email to The Administrator, Philippa McCray at

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Collage - The London Picture Archive

The Collage picture archive provides free online access to more than 250,000 images and 1,000 maps drawn from the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), along with some 6,000 works of art from Guildhall Art Gallery. These include a memorable panorama of the City in 1647, numerous photographs of Victorian London and striking posters for the tramway system - to name just a few.

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Unearthing past lives

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. Altogether, around 3000 names are mentioned in the collection which spans 1572 to 1923.

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The Barque of Bulleyn by K C Isted

Our book reviewer suggests that this is a fast paced swashbuckling story of one of the author’s ancestors and a vessel he purchased. It is an entertaining book based on real life events with real life characters.

The story centres on the activities, legal and otherwise of Privateer Robert Isted and his crew in 1574 when Queen Elizabeth 1 was on the throne. England and Spain were at war and part of Holland was allied to Spain and part to Britain The action takes place between Hastings, the North Sea and Scotland.

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Lincolnshire registers indexed

The scanned images of the many parish registers from Lincolnshire that can be viewed on FindMyPast are now indexed by name. So visitors to the site no longer have to browse through each possible register at FMP in order to find the entries they seek.

Lincolnshire is a massive county and the numbers of index entries that have become available are enormous:

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Getting it Right with Copyright

Copyright can be a complicated subject. Most family historians want to share their discoveries and stories with others, either online or as printed publications. The illustrations and text that we would like to use in this can raise issues relating to copyright. Also, we may own the copyright of items such as family photographs and want to control whether and how they are used by others.

Fortunately, help is at hand.

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Could you be a trustee of FFHS

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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Find A Family History Society


We have over 180 member societies, all helping their members to research their ancestors in England, Wales, Ireland and beyond.

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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Fairs and Open Days

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Many of our member societies organise or have stands at Fairs or Open Days around the country.

These events offer great opportunities for veteran researchers and newcomers to family history to follow their interests and meet fellow enthusiasts.

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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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