March 6, 2019

Exhibitor Spotlight: Cambridgeshire Family History Society

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Cambridgeshire Family History Society was founded in 1976 and exists to encourage the study of family history within the old counties of Cambridgeshire and The Isle of Ely.

They offer a friendly point of contact for people worldwide who are interested in the same names, families, and places providing a wide range of facilities to support their researches.

They are all volunteers and give their own time to help others with family history.

The society offers the chance to share information between likeminded people through the CFHS Journal and Website. They are also very active on Social Media like many of our exhibitors!


They are proud to hold a number of events throughout the county. Be it meetings, interesting talks or research surgeries, there is something for everybody.

Research Surgeries

Research Surgeries are designed for those either wanting help or guidance in starting their family history, or have been researching for many years and need assistance in a particular area.

These are held in multiple locations in Cambridgeshire including:

  • Central Cambridge Library
  • Bar Hill Library
  • Ely Library
  • Cottenham Library
  • March Library
  • Cambourne Library

For updated dates and times of their events and research surgeries, please visit our website:


Their online shop has many CDs, some of which are available to download from Parish Records to Monumental Inscriptions. CFHS is pleased to make these resources available to anyone through their Shop and many are available to purchase at events.

Ancestor Finder

On CFHS website, you can look up transcripts from all the Cambridgeshire Parish Records, a miscellany of Non-Conformist Lists, 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census records and vaccinations. You can download single or groups of transcriptions and we are even starting to make available original images!

Take a look at the website for prices.

Current Projects

Wisbech and Fenland Museum Project

The Society and Wisbech and Fenland Museum have signed a contract to work together to digitise the 32 parish registers in the Museum collection. The work started in May and there are about 50,000 pages, 500,000 records.

As each register is matched, the results will be searchable on the Society database Ancestor Finder.

With a large project such as this, the society is always looking for more volunteers to help transcribe. All you need is a computer and Wi-Fi. If you’re interested please do get in touch


Fancy being a member?

The advantages of becoming a member are significant. You will receive by email a monthly newsletter with the latest news and events plus features such as Local History Society and Surname of the Month. A quarterly Journal full of interesting articles, book reviews, helpful hints and advice. Members are also invited to send in their own stories and brick walls to feature in the Journal. There is also the informative directory of Family Name Research by CFHS Members.

Current subscription rates are:

Annual UK Membership (postal) @ £10.00 (Journal by Post)

Annual Overseas Membership (postal) @ £15.00 (Journal by Air Mail)

Annual e-Membership (email) @ £7.00 (.pdf Journal by email)

Life Membership (postal) @ £100.00 (Journal by Post)

Life Membership Overseas (postal) @ £150.00 (Journal by Post Airmail)

Life Membership (email) @ £70.00 (.pdf Journal by email)

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