Federation of Family History Societies

The Family History Federation (FHF) is the national organisation for family history to which West Middlesex Family History Society, along with many other similar groups, belongs. It was founded in 1974, updated as a charity in 2004, and has over 200 member societies representing an estimated 300,000 family historians. Its objectives are firstly to promote the study of family history and heraldry, co-ordinating and assisting member Societies in this aim, and secondly to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material. Its member societies include over a hundred like ours in England and Wales, many from overseas, and numerous one-name societies and other theme-based societies.

West Middlesex Family History Society makes an annual subscription to the Federation for which it obtains a number of benefits – principal among these being:

  • National representation on several advisory and consultative bodies;
  • The dissemination of current news and issues;
  • Advice to member societies via seminars, leaflets and individual consultation;
  • Access to a list of speakers for society meetings and events;
  • Competitive insurance rates for liability and asset insurance;
  • FFHS publications at a discount;
  • Access to royalties for data we make available to the major family history search engines on the internet. FFHS have negotiated contracts with Find My Past, and Genes Reunited by which our transcribed data may be searched for and retrieved at these websites. We receive royalties dependent on the number of times our records are retrieved by subscribers to these websites.

Individual members are encouraged to visit the Federation website from where you may also register to receive their regular newsletter.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Thomas titled One Street Studies. See the Meetings page.

Next Fair

The fairs season for 2019 is over. The next fair we will be attending is in 2020. For more information please see the Fairs page.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 16th November from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.

Free access to Find My Past records

As they have done before Find My Past will be providing free access to all their military and civilian records ahead of Remembrance Day from 12pm GMT on 8th November to 12 pm on Monday 11th November, see their free-acess page for more information.


Previous news


Recent updates

8-November-2019

Committee minutes for September 2019 added to Members Area.

5-November-2019

The Memorial Inscriptions for St. John the Baptist, Hillingdon are added.

18-October-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

1-October-2019

You can now select a parish from the Parish Coverage pages.

20-September-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

13-September-2019

MI photos are here. See the MIs coverage page. Members can now see images of gravestones at three recently completed churches.


Previous updates


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