By joining us you will derive considerable benefits and friendship .
The Shropshire Family History Society was founded in 1979 to provide a meeting place in Shropshire for all those interested in Family History and Genealogy. The Society is now a Registered Charity (No: 514014) with around two thousand members from all round the world and is a member of the Federation Of Family History Societies.
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.
Monthly meetings are held in The Old Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Very Nr Shrewsbury, SY5 6JH open at 7.00pm, with the talks starting at 7:30, on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August. There is plenty of free parking, all we would ask is that those who can easily walk a few hundred yards, would make use of the overspill car-park, adjacent to Shropshire Homes offices, leaving the 40 adjacent spaces (which includes designated disabled spaces) for our less able members..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 U.K. societies and also several from overseas.
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.
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.