The Peterborough and District Family History Society has now been established for a third of a century. During that time we have successfully raised the profile of family history within the local area, transcribing and indexing many thousands of records and assisting hundreds of people with their research.
The Society was formed in 1980 to maintain an association of those interested in the study of Family History, Genealogical Studies, Local History and Heraldry. It promotes the preservation of documents, monuments and other material of special interest to Family Historians. It aims to transcribe and index relevant documents and monumental inscriptions.
The original geographical area of interest was centered on the old Soke of Peterborough (see Soke Parishes Map below) The Soke was originally in north-east Northamptonshire but is now in north-west Cambridgeshire. With the creation of the unitary authority "Greater Peterborough" we are starting to include information on the expanded area - Thorney to the east and the new Hampton/Orton developments to the south.
It is the Society’s aim to hold regular monthly meetings and we have a resident 'expert' who can help with most queries. Other aims are to actively promote family history, publish a quarterly journal and make available the Society’s archival collection to both members and non-members alike.
The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies the East Anglia Group and the Peterborough Local History Forum Group.