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WELCOME to the website of The Cambridgeshire Family History Society (CFHS), a long established (in 1976) charity with the specific aim of supporting the family historian who wishes to research Cambridgeshire family history.

We offer access to databases of millions of names collected from a variety of sources including registration offices, parish records, military lists, non-conformist sources, shipping information and wills. If you are new to family research, we will help you trace your ancestors.

We also have an on-line shop which offers hundreds of CD-ROM, books, pamphlets and fiches. You can receive your copy of parish records etc in the post within days.

Finally, we have a membership of some 1400 members from all over the world who receive a quarterly journal packed with interesting articles as well as the chance to partake in interesting tours and meetings. Click Here to review the Aims of the CFHS.


The Joy of Family Research

(snippets from Cambridgeshire history)

"In 1828 William Scotney of Elm, aged 20, a deserter, was described as follows: His person was 'stout', his nose 'large', his hands 'middling, his head 'long', his face 'round', his feet 'middling', his shoulders 'square', his mouth 'middling'. When last seen he was wearing a regimental coat, a white waistcoat and dark trousers."

Super Search

Check to see whether we have your ancestor in the index to
our records (up to 1950).
Year:    +/- 10 yrs

Discover Your Family History
with the CFHS City Branch
Third Saturday of each month, 11.00-15.00

Come along to the Central Library, Cambridge and find out how to discover your family history.
Cambridgeshire Family History Society will be at the library to offer advice and do lookups on family history websites.
We’ll also be selling a wide range of CDs of transcribed parish records that will help you take your research back even further.

The Saturday Talks “Piecing Together Your Family History”

18th Jan at 1.30pm: Starting Out
15th Feb at 1.30pm: Finding & Using : BMD Certificates
15th Mar at 1.30pm: Finding & Using : Census Returns
19th Apr at 1.30pm: Finding & Using : Parish Registers
17th May at 1.30pm: Gravestones, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Wills & War Graves
21st Jun at 1.30pm: Maps, Directories, Newspapers, Photos & Local History
Later topics to include: Military Records, Workhouses, Emigration, Scottish & Irish Research & Occupations

Cambridgeshire Collection Rooms, Third Floor, Central Library, Lion Yard, Grand Arcade, Cambridge, CB2 3QD

For full details, Click Here

CFHS Spring Offer

The CFHS has transcribed the details from 19th century county-wide census and published them on CD. Normally, each of the main census CDs costs £18.00: the CD with the census for 1891 Cambridge St Andrew The Less £8.00. As a special 2014 Spring Offer, CFHS are offering 50% discount on the purchase of any of these CDs.

For a copy of the 1841 Census (normally £18.00) @ £9.00 - Click here

For a copy of the 1851 Census (normally £18.00) @ £9.00 - Click here

For a copy of the 1861 Census (normally £18.00) @ £9.00 - Click here

For a copy of the 1871 Census (normally £18.00) @ £9.00 - Click here

For a copy of the 1891 Cambridge St Andrew the Less Census (normally £8.00) @ £4.00 - Click here

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