FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

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Each of us is exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of marketing messages every day. But do you give equal attention to them all? Of course not! In order to maintain your sanity you only pay strict attention to the ones you consider the most relevant.

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"Magic Torch" lights the way

Magic Torch is a project that uses comics and sequential art to explore history and folklore. Its writers and artists work with community groups and schools to help bring stories to life for new audiences. The Magic Torch website offers readers the chance to download a range of publications free of charge, as well as presenting the outcome in traditional printed versions.

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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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Victorians in Camera

A recent item in our book review section details the social history of Victorian portrait photography. The author describes the process of being photographed from the customer's point of view giving the reader an insight into the choices available.

With licensing and limitations of the early photographic processes affecting the spread of studios across the country, only larger towns supported a studio. Pols discusses the construction of studios and suppliers of photographic equipment as well as .....

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National Archives guides and more

One of the largest collections of records used by family historians is at The National Archives (TNA). Its well-equipped premises are a short walk from Kew Gardens station, which is served by the District line (Underground) and the North London line (Overground).

Visitors to the TNA find the large series of research guides extremely helpful when preparing the next stages of their investigations.

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Just starting to research your family?

Our "Research Tips" pages are packed with useful information showing you how to get started on your family history research.

Where should I start? What information is available? What can I get from the internet? Where are original records kept? How do I record what I find? How can I get help? All these questions and more are explored within these pages.

Two new pages of help with researching emigration to South America and Transportation have recently been added.

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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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Subscribe to our free bi-monthly newsletter for all the latest family history news.

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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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