Family and Community Historical Research Society

Saturday 3th October 2015 -
Oxfordshire Family History Fair, Marlborough Enterprise Centre, The Marlborough School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. OX20 1LP

Going beyond your family history

"Founded at a meeting of over 100 people at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes on 18 April 1998, FACHRS (it rhymes with "thatchers" or "crackers" - your pick!) was first suggested by Shirley Fisher a former student of OU Course DA301 Studying Family and Community History: 19th and 20th Centuries.

The aims of the Society were to promote and communicate research in family and community history, with a particular emphasis on the contribution of locally based micro-studies, especially through collaborative research. Over the years, major projects have resulted in books on the Swing Riots, 19th century Allotments, and Almshouses (forthcoming) and a number of mini-projects that have proved immensely popular, with 30-40 per cent of Society members taking part."

Professor Michael Drake

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Our RoadShow

Why not visit our RoadShow at a Family History Fair? We exhibit copies of FACHRS newsletters, journals, books and CDs, provide the latest update on our current projects, and have information literature about the society. MOST IMPORTANTLY though you meet enthusiastic members of the committee who can answer any questions you might have about 'what we do'.

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We hold an annual conference in May, where you can hear what fellow members have been up to in their research, as well as from respected luminaries. These are usually themed, often expanding on current Society research projects undertaken by members, but also includes open conferences. The 2014 Conference was an example, with all talks by members about their current research, but with a strong emphasis on personal research projects relating to World War One.

Thinking of Joining?

FACHRS aims to help those who wish to discover more about the day-to-day lives of their ancestors in relation to the communities in which they lived; to promote research by professional and non-professional historians into family and community history; and encourage links between institutionally based and independent researchers. If, after exploring this public site, you are interested in joining, please use the Membership button above.

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