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.


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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 the future).


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.

Also check our Facebook page for up to date information.

Please contact  who can send you a log in.




We have no meetings in July or August

On Monday Sep 2nd at 2.30 pm, our speaker is Ann Larkham and her topic is photogenealogy. Ann  will gives  clues to help  date your early photos.

On Monday Oct 2nd at 2.30 pm, Northern Echo's Chris Lloyd who will present Teasdale Tracks which will tell of a powerful local landowner who went to great lengths to prevent early railways using his land.


REMEMBER you can keep up to date on our facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086365430067

There is also a facebook link at the bottom of the page.


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

Hartlepool Meetings

Sadly we have taken the decision to cancel face to face Hartlepool meetings because of lack of support. This is…

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Zoom Programme

On Monday April 8th, our speaker will be Dr Frances Hurd, a professional genealogist and her talk  will be ”Obsession,…

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Latest news

Teesside Archives Dorman Museum Currently Closed

Urgent repairs are taking place. For further information and re-opening date, visit the Dorman Museum website or phone 01642 813781.

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Raby Castle

Raby Castle & Grounds: will be providing access for the public to spectacular heritage buildings, some of which have never…

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Zoom Programme

On Monday April 8th, our speaker will be Dr Frances Hurd, a professional genealogist and her talk  will be ”Obsession,…

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