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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree December 2017 > A beginner’s guide to joining a family history society

A beginner’s guide to joining a family history society

Both new and experienced researchers can benefit from joining a family history society, says Rachel Bellerby, with friendship, specialist knowledge, unique resources and regular meetings just some of the reasons to consider becoming part of the society scene


The UK is home to hundreds of family history societies and specialist groups, with thousands more societies based overseas. So, what is a family history society and why should you consider joining one?

Family history societies began to grow in popularity in the 1980s, when tracing your ancestors and creating a family tree began to become a mainstream pastime. The majority of these societies carry the name of the town, city or region which they cover, and most members will be searching for ancestors who lived or worked in that place.

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Come on, it's time to roll up your sleeves, leave the pleasant pastures of the 19th century, the birth, marriage and death records, and the census - and trace your family lines further back in into the past. This is your chance to explore new records, stretch your research and revel in the lives and times of your Georgian, Stuart and even Tudor ancestors.