Looking for your Roman Catholic ancestors?

The Catholic Family History Society can point you in the right direction. Society members receive Catholic Ancestor, our journal, three times a year containing members' own researches and a wide range of helpful articles. An Annual Day Conference is held in October. Volunteers around the country transcribe early Catholic Registers, and these are offered free to current members when published. They may also be available at your local Record Office or public libraries. Non-members can also purchase these and all past publications. Please use the menu bar at the top of the page to explore this site.

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The 2016 Annual Day Conference and AGM will be held on Saturday 1st October 2016 at the Priory Rooms Conference Centre, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF.

10 - 10.30 amRegistration and Coffee
11 amMaggie Loughran (a professional genealogy speaker and writer) on Wills before 1858, especially those of Roman Catholics. Bring your own interests in wills for discussion.
12.30 pmBuffet Lunch
2.30 pmDr Nick Baker (the archivist at Princethorpe College, Warwickshire) on Locating the archives of religious orders, followed by your questions and contributions.
4 pmTea
  • Full access for people with restricted mobility and also parking
  • Family History Help Desk available: bring your research enquiries
  • Opportunity to meet other members and friends
  • Opportunity to talk to the speakers
  • Material for family or local history
  • Travel, local parking, hotel and local studies information on request
  • For details about the venue see www.theprioryrooms.co.uk

Tickets: £15, to include lunch and all refreshments, from

  • Saturday 12th November 2016 A Day Conference in Fullwood Methodist Church Hall, Preston;
    11:00 amRegistration and Coffee
    11:30 amDr William Shannon on The Battle of Preston and its aftermath with reference to Cottam.
    12.30 pmLunch
    2:00 pmDr James Hagerty on The Catholic Record Society - Parish Registers and Returns of Papists
    3.00 pmTea

Further information and travelling directions from the Meetings Organiser: Diana Henaghan, 15 Maveen Court, Edmonton Rd, Woodsmoor, Stockport, SK2 7BG. Tel: 0161 483 7372 or send an email.

The local and specialist contact for this area is Margaret Bowery, you may contact her through this email address


The current subscription rate is £15.00 per year, with an extra £2.00 for each additional member at the same address (one copy of the Journal). The subscription for overseas members is £20.00 per year with a similar arrangement of £2.00 for an additional member at the same address (please pay in Sterling cheque or International Money Order).

Membership can be purchased online by using a credit card at GENfair or by completing and mailing the Membership Form.

The subscription year ends on 31st December. All new members joining the society up to 30 Sep in that year will have received all the issues of Catholic Ancestor for the year so their subscription is due to be renewed on or before 1st January in the next year.

Members joining on or after 1 October in any year will only receive the December journal but their membership will be extended to the end of the next year.

Membership of the Society entitles you to attend any of the meetings organised by the Catholic FHS (though a small entrance fee is usually charged), receive copies of 'Catholic Ancestor', have your research interests listed and generally join in the activities of the Society. Here you can download a sample journal from August 2010.

Membership forms are also available from the Membership Secretarary.

Mrs KM Black
14 Sydney Road
Registers in The Catholic National Library

The Catholic Family History Society Mission Registers transcriptions have been transferred from Farnborough Benedictine Abbey in Hampshire, with the Catholic National Library to Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH. This is part of the Durham University Library. The transcripts are available for access at Ushaw College, look here for details of opening times and access details. An online listing of the transcripts will be available in due course, but for the time being the old index may be useful.

Any potential researchers will need to email ushaw.library@durham.ac.uk or telephone 0191 3342977.

Here is a press release about the move.

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