Federation of Family History Societies – Celebrating 40th Anniversary


The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  The FFHS now serves 180 national, regional, local genealogical and family history and one-name study societies around the world, including the BC Genealogical Society, a long time member.

The FFHS has recently published the 2014 version of its free “Really Useful Information Leaflet” which, as this year is the Centennial of the start of World War I, features an article on “Researching Your [British] World War One Ancestors” by Simon Fowler and a list of useful websites for WW I research.

The leaflet also gives information about all the FFHS’ members with contact details.

There is also an “Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet”.

Newsletters on-line – for both BC History and the Federation of Family History Societies

The newest British Columbia Historical Federation Newsletter is on-line. This issue (#40, December 2012, .pdf format, free) includes news of historical and heritage activities and awards from around BC, including the Vernon Museum’s restoration of Vernon’s 1912 post office clock and the opening of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society’s new car barn in Cloverdale.

The latest Federation of Family History Societies Ezine (#36, Christmas 2012, .pdf format, free) offers Christmas history, along with links to a selection of favourite websites of FFHS officers and other genealogy news – the National Burial Index, Edition 3 (NBI3) can now be run on Apple Mac computers, for example.

FFHS Contest – Your Most Interesting Ancestor – Deadline Approaching

The 31st December, 2011 is the last day to submit your entry to this Federation of Family History Societies competition.

Topic: Who is your most interesting ancestor?

Details: Entries must be no more than 1,000 words. Submit electronically to admin@ffhs.org.uk or by post to The Administrator, FFHS, PO Box 8857, Lutterworth LE17 9BJ – entries must be in by December 31st, 2011.

Prizes: Winner will be offered an opportunity to be published in the Your Family History Magazine (Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd) and a one year’s full subscription to findmypast.co.uk. Other prizes – one year’s Diamond Premium Subscription to thegenealogist.co.uk; one year’s Premium Membership to ancestry.co.uk.
More details: http://www.ffhs.org.uk/tips/competition.php

Sponsors: Find My Past, Ancestry, The Genealogist and Your Family History magazine.

There is a special section those for aged ‘under 21’ in this competition.

Prize for the ‘Young Person’s Competition’: a laptop.

Details: http://www.ffhs.org.uk/tips/competition-yp.php

Sponsors: thegenealogist.co.uk and Your Family History (Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd).