Introduction to the Society
be new to family history, you may have some experience, you may be an
old hand; this may be the first family history society you have joined
or you may already be a member of several. Whatever the case we will welcome
you as a member and do our best to help you in this fascinating pastime.
to Family History interest
historians will doubtless regard with some astonishment the enormous expansion
of interest in genealogy and family history in the last decades of the
20th century. People have always had a natural curiosity about their forebears
but only recently have they begun to trace their ancestors with such single-minded
dedication. Their pursuit is not normally of the gentry or nobility, but
of the common man and his origins. In the UK, the USA, and certainly throughout
the Western world, the degree of interest has been extraordinary; indeed
family history is reputed to be the UK's fastest growing pastime, and
the formation of hundreds of family history societies to cater for the
many thousands of enthusiastic amateur historians in the UK alone has
been clear evidence of that.
Foundation of the Society
Surrey Family History Society was founded in 1977 and, not surprisingly,
its catchment area is the eastern part of the ancient county of Surrey,
which includes those London Boroughs south of the Thames that are now
in Greater London London Boroughs - Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.
are welcome to join
welcomes as members not only those living in its area who wish to belong
to a local society (regardless of whether or not they have Surrey ancestry)
but anyone with a research interest in this part of the county, irrespective
of their address, be it in the UK or overseas. The Society has members
throughout the UK and in many other countries; it has its own representatives
in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA.
are held at our branch venues in Croydon, Lingfield, Richmond, Southwark
and Sutton. Most meetings take the form of a talk followed by a question
and answer session, but at all the venues there are opportunities to obtain
advice and meet others with similar interests. Items from our Bookstall
are often available and books on research and other publications can be purchased.
From time to time there are informal meetings when members can discuss
their research problems or assist in Society projects. Occasionally visits
and walks are arranged, notably at the Southwark branch.
issues its Journal four times a year and it is free to members. It carries
articles of particular relevance to east Surrey, and much useful information,
including lists of new members with their research interests, 'Help
Wanted' and 'Question & Answer' sections.
and its members have for some years been transcribing and indexing many
local records, such as census returns, parish registers, monumental inscriptions,
poor law records, apprenticeship indentures, settlement examinations,
land tax assessments and quarter sessions order books. Much of this work
has been published, originally as microfiche
but now on CD or being transferred to CD, with copies sent to Record Offices and Libraries. Naturally such
transcription and indexing continues; additional volunteers are always
needed and are guaranteed a warm welcome by those already providing useful
material for family historians, now and in the future.
with Local History/Local Studies Libraries within our area is maintained including the Sutton Archive &
Local Studies Department, situated at Sutton Central Library which is the
designated library for Surrey genealogy.
runs from 1st January to 31st December. Subscription details for the UK and overseas are available from
the Membership page . Members joining
at any time during the course of a subscription year receive all the Journals
for that year.