About Our Society

[FHS_my_membership_expires] Harrogate and District Family History Society is a small independent society which has been in existence since February 2006.   Prior to this we were part of Ripon Historical Society. We promote and encourage the public study of both family and local history in the Harrogate and surrounding areas.   We also promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material. Meetings are held on a monthly basis with lecturers being invited along to speak on a variety of interesting subjects.   We organise visits and events for Society members and interested members of the general public. We are continually developing our printed material and other works for the use of Society members and, where practical, extend this to the general public.   You will find a list of publications through the links on the left. We hold a library of local and general reference books for use by the members of the Society. Please see full details on the library page. The Society publishes a journal three times a year, containing reports on meetings, members' articles, letters to the Editor, local developments and other useful information to aid you in your research. New members are always very welcome and we look forward to meeting you. You are very welcome to come along to one of our meetings, details of which can be found on the Meetings Page. We attend local Family History Fairs, where we have sell our publications in 3 formats: booklet, microfiche and CD. A list of upcoming fairs can be found on the right hand side. Please look around our site and if you have any questions we would be only too pleased to hear from you. Our programme of monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month, include an interesting series of presentations on varied subjects relating to family and local history. (See details on the Meetings page) Members receive the Society journal three times per year. This contains reports on meetings, articles, details of forthcoming events and other useful information to aid your research. From time to time trips & visits are arranged to which non members are welcome. We transcribe and publish a range of records from Parishes registers, trade directories and many other sources which provide invaluable information for those researching their family.   You will find a list of publications using the Resources link above. We have a library of local and general reference books for members to borrow; please see details under the Resources link. Harrogate & District Family History Society is a member of the Family History Federation (https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/)  and of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies  (https://yorksgroup.org.uk/). New members are always very welcome and we look forward to meeting you at one of our monthly meetings. Please look around our site and if you have any questions, we would be only too pleased to hear from you.