About the Shropshire Family History Society

The Society

The Shropshire Family History Society was founded in 1979 to provide a meeting place in Shropshire for all those interested in Family History. The Society is now a Registered Charity (No: 514014) with around sixteen hundred members from all round the world.

Membership is open to anyone interested in family history and non‑members are welcome to visit one of our meetings, to become familiar with our activities.

Meetings

Monthly meetings are held in The Old Chapel Community Centre, The Chestnuts, Cross Houses, Nr Shrewsbury at 7.15pm on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August.  There is ample free parking at the back of the hall and overflow parking along The Chestnuts around to the left, but please do not park alongside the Hall as these are reserved for residents, public transport from the town centre runs through Cross Houses.

Many of the meetings include a specialist speaker invited to talk to the members. Following the speaker the remainder of the evening allows the members to talk to each other informally and at the same time members of the Committee are available to help with any problems.

Library

A growing collection of reference books belonging to the Society is available to members.  Whilst it is not possible to convey all the books to meetings, members can request any particular book by contacting the Society librarian.  The Society holds copies of most of the printed parish registers of Shropshire and again these are available at meetings and for loan between meetings.

Bookstall

The Society runs a small book stall at meetings where members can purchase reasonably priced books giving information about family history research sources and topographical information about the County of Shropshire.

Microfiche

A large amount of research material is available on microfiche.  The Society holds a copy of the British Section of the International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.), which forms an alphabetical index to many millions of names in Baptism and some Marriage registers.  It also holds a copy of the 1881 Census transcript and index for England and Wales.  These, together with some microfiche of early trade directories and other miscellaneous items are available during the evening of our meeting and at other times by agreement with the custodian.

Journal

The Society publishes a quarterly journal to coincide with the March, June, September and December meetings and all members receive a free copy of this either at meetings or by post afterwards.  As part of a mutual exchange scheme with other family history societies we exchange copies of our journal with them so that members are able to read, and borrow until the next meeting if they wish, the journal of most other UK. societies and also several from overseas.

Outings

If enough interest is shown, the Society may organise occasional coach trips to research in London  or other Archives/Events, picking up en route at points convenient to members. These events will be be canvassed at monthly meetings and then advertised in the Journal and on this web-site.

Transcribing & Indexing

In order to make historical information more readily available to researchers, members are encouraged to help in the transcription and indexing of Parish Registers, Census Returns, Monumental Inscriptions and other similar material.  Officers of the Society will always be glad to help and advise anyone, whether a member or not, who is interested in this very worthwhile part of our hobby.

Application

If you would like to join the Society, please fill in the Membership Form and forward it to the Honorary Membership Secretary at the address given.