The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) which began in 1974 in England, is an ‘umbrella’ organisation with over 160 member societies throughout the world. Most of them focus on a particular geographical area or on a specific surname but there are also a variety of other specialist organisations. You can find the full-list of their¬†member societies here.

They are also well known as a publishers of guide books, and we have sold many of their books over many, many years.

These days though, they use their website and social media to ensure that family history news, book reviews and guidance on how to learn more about the subject are readily available to member societies and to the general public.

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Family History Societies:

The Federation of Family History Societies is rebranding as Family History Federation.

Rebranding to Family History Federation will officially launch at Family Tree Live in April 2019 along with a new-look website.
The rebranding to Family History Federation acknowledges that the membership of the Federation is wider than just family history societies, encompassing a range of associated organisations. ‘Family History Federation’ also reflects how its focus is firmly on family history: the primary purpose being to encourage, educate and support all family historians.

“The Family History Federation will launch at Family Tree Live, at Alexandra Palace on 26 April 2019 which is opportune as this new event is brought to London thanks to a partnership between Family Tree magazine and the Federation. A new website will showcase member organisations and act as a gateway for family historians to find the help and expertise they need to grow their tree.

Ian Waller, Publicity Officer for the Federation, said “As we move forward as a Federation we are working towards encouraging more and more people who pursue their family history to become actively involved in their local organisations and to make it easier for them to find help, gain knowledge and be aware of the many resources available to them as they pursue this absorbing hobby.”

Steve Manning, Education Officer for the Federation, added “The Federation has a long heritage, which we are very proud of, but it is still important to look to the future, so that the Federation can continue to help grow camaraderie among family historians and encourage them to tap into experienced groups well into the 21st century.”

Roll on April 2019 not only for the conference, but we look forward to seeing the rebrand, and hearing more about the Family History Federation in the future.

Contact details: Family History Federation, PO Box 62, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 9AR, England