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).

Meetings

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.

 

NEXT ZOOM MEETING

PLEASE CONTACT SYLVIA HALL FOR A LINK            ">

On Monday March 4th, our speaker is Margaret Hedley with her talk 'Women of the Durham Pit Villages'.

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.

Research

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 January 8th, our speaker will be Linda Hammond, a professional genealogist based in France,  and her talk  will…

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Apprenticeship, Guilds and Friendly Societies

Seminar event on Oct 21st at Outwood, Wakefield with a good line up of speakers with Yorkshire connections. See Seminar…

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Alderson Family History Society

The Autumn meeting of the Alderson Society is at Barnard Castle Cricket Club on 9th Sep 2023 from 9 am-…

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Zoom Programme

On Monday January 8th, our speaker will be Linda Hammond, a professional genealogist based in France,  and her talk  will…

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