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.“ 

About the Federation 
The Family History Federation is an educational charity with member organisations throughout the world. Most of these focus on a particular geographical area or on a specific surname but there are other specialist organisations with associated disciplines. Using its website, social media and other means of communication, the Federation ensures that family history news, book reviews and guidance on how to learn more about the subject are readily available to the general public as well as to its member organisations. 

Contact details 
For more information, please contact Emma Waltham, Marketing Manager emma@ffhs.org.uk

Family History Federation, PO Box 62, Sheringham NR26 9AR  www.ffhs.org.uk

FFHS Members – FamilySearch changes at Kew

The London FamilySearch Centre, which currently operates at The National Archives, will close on Saturday 23 March 2019. However, The National Archives has agreed to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library and will provide continued access to all the digitised records that FamilySearch makes available. These include many which for contractual reasons it is not possible to consult at home. FamilySearch volunteers will no longer be present at Kew, but otherwise the service will be much the same as that currently provided. Access to FamilySearch records is free of charge but visitors to its site need a free FamilySearch account, which is easy to set up at any time that suits you.
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Beat the 16 February Price Rise

It’s not long before the cost of birth, marriage or death certificates and of the PDF versions will go up. On 16 February 2019 certificates will increase from £9.25 to £11.00. At the same time, the PDF version will rise from £6.00 to £7.00. Don’t delay. Work out which PDFs or certificates you need.·         

Send in your order before the last-minute rush.
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The Peter Staple Heritage Group (PSHG)

The Peter Staple Heritage Group (PSHG) is reaching out to generate interest and encourage membership and participation in the Group.
PETER STAPLE HERITAGE GROUP: The PSHG is a genetic family study supported by genealogy lineages for descendants and ancestors of Peter Staple (c1642-1719), Piscataqua Pioneer, who arrived from England at Kittery, Yorke County, Massachusetts Bay Colony by 1671 (now York County, Maine, USA) according to his first land grant.
PETER STAPLE and his wife Elizabeth Beadle had three sons:
Peter Staple, Jr. (1670-1721), John Staple (1676-1745), James Staple (1678-1725)
GOAL: The present goal of the PSHG is to use Y-DNA as a tool to locate cousins of the three sons of Peter Staple: Peter, Jr., John and James, including distant cousins in England, that will help identify the location of his English ancestral home.
APPROACH: The PSHG is leading a unique heritage anthrogenealogy study to identify the ancestral roots of the PETER STAPLE family tree and its branches represented by his three sons using genetic data supported by genealogical primary and secondary information. The PSHG Y-DNA haplogroup lineage is currently defined by:
Y-DNA HAPLOGROUP: R1b-M269 > U106 > Z156 > DF96 > FGC13326 > S22047 > FGC13602 > FGC13595 > FGC13604 > FGC13609/FGC13605.

Do you share or descend from the surname STAPLE or STAPLES, or know someone who does? 

Please visit our website https://peterstapleheritagegroup.com/ to make contact and learn more!

Reminder – Next Steps on the Road Seminar – Coming to a venue near you in 2019!

We’ve really enjoyed meeting with you at fairs and other events during 2018. It’s obvious the family history community benefits greatly from the best efforts of so many like-minded, hard-working enthusiasts.

Meeting with you one-on-one is so inspirational, it’s quite obvious we need to get together more often. Of course, we tried doing this in September 2018 – only to find that, amongst other things, we had chosen the wrong weekend. Not an auspicious start, but we’ve learnt from your feedback.

So we’re going to try again, but rather than expecting everyone to come to a ‘one size fits all’ location in London, this time we’re going to come to you. Hence, we’re now calling the seminar, ‘Next Steps on the Road’. The clue is in the name – we hope you‘ll approve the concept!

Naturally, each Regional event will have a slightly different flavour, but at each you can expect:
Updates on FFHS goals
An opportunity to air your successes and … just as importantly …
Your experiences of what doesn’t work and why
Discussions about your ideas for the future and …
How you would like FFHS help make them a reality.
An opportunity to network and learn.

Plus, if you provide us with sufficient notice …
Specialised input on any variety of topics relevant to Family History Society management.

Currently we have plans for four locations:

Wesley’s Chapel, London on Saturday 23rd February

St Wilfred’s Chapel, Harrogate on Saturday 2nd March
Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster on Saturday 23rd March

Huntingdon and Peterborough WI, Huntingdon Saturday 30th March

We would love to see as many of you as possible attend, but don’t worry unduly if you can’t make it this time around. Why? Because if all goes well, we plan to add further venues later in the year. Something urgent you want to discuss? Come and talk with us at Alexandra Palace 26th-27th April during Family Tree Live. We are really looking forward to hearing your ideas, success stories and working with you more closely in the future.