Family History

Overview

There are two main family history societies covering Cambridgeshire. Family history normally works on the structure of the county pre-1974. In this instance there are two societies Cambridgeshire Family History Society and Huntingdonshire Family History Society. There are other societies bordering on Cambridgeshire that also have connections with the county.

Cambridgeshire Family History Society

The Society exists to encourage the study of family history within the old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. It not only provides a friendly point of contact for people world-wide who are interested in the same surnames and families, but also offers a wide range of facilities to support their researches into genealogy and the local area.

The Society was founded in 1976 and it now has about 1200+ members, mainly in the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

The CFHS is a Registered Charity and a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

Huntingdonshire Family History Society

Huntingdonshire Family History Society (HFHS) was founded in 1985 to help people to find out about their family history. It now has a membership of over 350, the majority of whom live outside the old county. The Society aims to provide links between people interested in families of the old County of Huntingdonshire and to provide a forum for persons interested in genealogy generally. In this respect it fully recognises the needs of those members who cannot easily get to research in Huntingdon, and so constantly is taking account of the advances in information technology to make information more easily available

The HFHS is a Registered Charity and a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.


Protecting the past for the future.

Royston and District Local History Society

Royston has been part of Cambridgeshire and part of Hertfordshire, today it is classed as Hertfordshire. The Royston and District Local History Society is a non-profit making organisation, whose objectives are to; safeguard, record and preserve the local history of Royston and the local area for future generations increase the level of interest and awareness of local history amongst the towns residents contribute to the growth of the museum maintain and preserve the Royston cave for the benefit of the town.

The Royston and District Local History Society organises a number of public lectures each year, and all members are entitled to attend these meetings. The lectures are also open to the public, on payment of a small entrance fee. In addition, the society has an annual outing, usually by coach, to a place of historic interest.

The Hertfordshire Family History Society

The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies) was founded in 1977 and is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 285008). The Society has already played an important role in family history research in the county. We hold regular meetings in different parts of Hertfordshire and try to strike a balance between talks for the experienced family researcher and sessions for complete beginners who do not know where to start.

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The Fenland Family History Society

The Fenland Family History Society was founded in 2001 to promote and encourage the study of family, local and social history with particular reference to persons having lived in, or having been associated with, the historical area now known as Fenland. Fenland comprises the former Isle of Ely, parts of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk. The Society also aims to promote and encourage the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material. We have a strong working relationship with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum. They are a young society but already have over 150 members from all parts of the UK as well as Canada, USA and Australia.


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