UK Family History Society Links

The Federation of Family History Societies in the UK

The FFHS was founded in 1974 and is a very useful site if you are considering becoming a member of a Family History Society either local to you or another county, national and even some overseas.  It offers you a very comprehensive search option to find a link to any of the societies you may be interested in.

We feature some Family History Societies below that have mutual reciprocal links back to our website so genealogists have more easy access between these sites.

If you would like your society to have a link here and in return feature Family Tree Folk for your members on your website - please email  

Ryedale Family History Group 

The area of interest covered by this group is that which is now known as Ryedale, as designated by the boundaries administered by the Ryedale District Council.

The towns, Malton, Norton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley are at the centre of our area, and the boundaries extend to Hawnby, Bilsdale and Rosedale to the north, Terrington and Sherrif Hutton in the West, Ebberston and Sherburn in the East and to Thixendale and Weaverthorpe on the Yorkshire Wolds to the south.

Our Research Room at Hovingham Village Hall is open to the public every Thursday 10am-3pm. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at various venues within Ryedale. See our website for details.  

Cumbria Family History Society 

The Cumbria Family History Society was founded in October 1976 to help Cumbrians, and people with Cumbrian ancestry, to carry out their family history researches. Our area of interest is the modern county of Cumbria, which consists of the whole of the pre-1974 counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, together with the part of Lancashire lying to the north of Morecambe Bay (North Lonsdale) and the West Riding parish of Sedbergh. Our membership comes not only from Cumbria and other parts of the British Isles, but from Australia, New Zealand, the United States - in fact worldwide.  

Coventry Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1994 to fulfill a growing need and to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy and local history in relation to the City of Coventry and its environs. It is flourishing by providing help and support to a growing number of people researching their Coventry ancestors, or ancestors of those who moved to Coventry from various parts of the country. As the family history movement generally expands it becomes easier to carry out research from a distance but the most information is obtainable from local sources. To support people, who do not live local to Coventry, the Society now offers postal search facilities.

Devon Family History Society

Devon FHS celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006, expanding from 4 founder members based in a home in Plymouth to 5,500 members worldwide, which makes it one of the largest in the UK. The Devon Family Historian is its quarterly journal and as well as useful articles, each edition includes names being researched by new members. The Society has produced a large number of indexes and transcriptions which can be ordered and delivered via the website and paid for online. The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and SWAG, the South West Area Group of FHSs, a regional group of 12 societies.

Doncaster & District Family History Society

An archive exhibition in 1979 led to our formation in 1980 with five main objectives. They were, to provide a forum for members to meet and discuss the study of family history, to produce a regular journal, to arrange lectures open to all, and to provide guidance for members throughout the UK and worldwide. Finally to seek out, transcribe and where possible publish records and other material relevant to the interests of the Society. None of these has really changed and the latter continues as we add to our range of CDs and booklets containing in excess of 1.3 million names.

Our Palgrave Research Room, staffed by volunteers, is open up to 5 days each week and is used by members and others to access both internet records worldwide and our huge collection of microfiche that concentrate on the area we cover. Full details of our activities, meetings, the area, our annual fair and membership can be found on our website