Welcome to Cleveland Family History Society

About our society

Cleveland FHS  was set up in 1980 to provide a service for family historians and we cover the old county of Cleveland and part of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Your visit to our website suggests that you may be researching your family history in the Cleveland FHS area and that you are seeking help in finding further information.

Have you been knocking on the doors of stately homes or hoping to hear of one of your mining great grandfathers, or maybe you have been standing on a hill looking for a farm ?

Whatever lifestyle, occupation, or abode your ancestors had, you may need assistance and advice to help trace them. We are here to give a helping hand.


Join us

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We have lots of free resources on our website for you to explore. Please feel free to have a look around, or skip to our sitemap page for a list of quick links.

But if you want to take full advantage of everything we have on offer, why not become a member?

As a member you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Our packed quarterly Journal
  • Access to our website Members’ Area with free resources and surname database.
  • Access to monthly Zoom meetings.
  • Connect with other members researching the same names as you.
  • Vast collection of online parish registers, burial data base etc.
  • Free simple searches and advice about the area from local experts.
  • Free attendance at Branch Meetings in Hartlepool and Sedgefield (hopefully to resume in 2022).


Guests as well as members are welcome to attend any of the monthly branch meetings at our two venues in the Cleveland FHS area. For details of venues and contacts please see our Meetings page on this website.

Please check individual meeting details from the links below to see whether the meeting will be online via Zoom or in person.

We are still unable to hold our usual branch meetings  at Hartlepool and Sedgefield, but will inform members when we feel able to. Hopefully this will be in Spring 2022.

CFHS Online shop

Our volunteers have transcribed millions of records from original sources of ancestors being born, baptised, married, dying and their burials.

A unique source for family and local historians is our large collection of monumental inscriptions taken from gravestones found in over 290 local churchyards and cemeteries in northern Yorkshire and southern Durham.

To start exploring our online shop, go to our Shop page where you'll find links to all the different publications we have available.


Our website contains a wide range of free lists and other information which will help you in your research.  Feel free to explore, or click on the links below to get straight to your area of interest:

Upcoming meetings


Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society Notice of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday 10th October 2022 By Zoom…

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Latest news

Zoom Programme

  September 12th 2.30 pm Karen Adams ‘Chocolatiers and Confectioners of York’

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North Yorkshire County Record Office

Visiting the Record Office Please make an appointment before visiting. Please book a place even if you only want to…

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Hartlepool Library Local Studies Centre now open

Hartlepool’s large local studies collection has been relocated to Sir William Gray House (the old Hartlepool Museum) in Clarence Road…

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