About the Society

We are a constituted unincorporated society formed to promote the study of genealogy, family history and local history for the benefit and education of the public in the Sheffield area.  We promote the study of family history by holding monthly meetings, producing a quarterly journal, hosting an online members’ forum and making available transcribed copies of original records. Our Society has no paid staff or central office and is run entirely by volunteers.

Sheffield District MapOur Society was established in 1977 when it grew out of a series of family history adult education classes run by the University of Sheffield. Our early mentor and the first Chairman of our Society was Professor David Hey, who sadly passed away in February 2016. He was an internationally renowned academic in the field of family and local history and published a considerable number of books about the history of Sheffield and its surrounding area.

Our Society is run by a committee elected from the membership at our annual general meeting (AGM) each year. We have five officers elected at the AGM: a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer and journal editor. Our constitution provides for a large committee and other members contribute to the functioning of the society in a wide range of roles including: society librarian, external fairs co-coordinator, minute secretary, health and safety rep., programme secretary, publications officer, new members’ officer. We aim to hold eight committee meetings a year.

We are always keen to involve new members who are interested in contributing to the work of the committee and the advancement of the Society. We have the power to co-opt new committee members during the year. There is also scope for members to volunteer in a non-committee capacity, helping out at meetings, fairs, etc.

We are an active and ambitious society and during the last ten years we have organised our own local Family History Fair which has attracted stall holders and attendees from across the country. We aim to hold a fair like this every two years. You can find out what we are currently up to from our News and Events pages.