The Sussex Family History Group was founded in 1972. It has about four thousand members in Sussex, the rest of the UK, and around the world. There are seven meeting centres in the County at Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Bognor Regis & West Meads, Horsham, Uckfield, Worthing and Chichester; if you live in Sussex you are likely to find one fairly near to you.
A quarterly journal, The Sussex Family Historian, is posted to all members as part of their annual subscription. This journal is typically a sixty page A5 document full of articles and information about Sussex. There is also a quarterly e-newsletter, SussexLink, distributed via email and on the website. The Group has its own Family History Library at St. Michael's Church House, Lewes, which is open at specific times each week to members.
The SFHG has designed and built databases of Sussex Information, Monumental Inscriptions, Marriage Indexes, Census Returns, Parish Records (baptisms, marriages, and burials), strays, members interests, Wills, members own family research and other genealogical information as it becomes available and effort permits. Much of this data is gradually being placed online in our Data Archive, with free access to members.
It can therefore be said that the aims of the SFHG include promoting the study of genealogy and family history, and encouraging the preservation, transcription and publication of relevant documents and records.
The SFHG is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, an international body with over 220 member societies and is affiliated to the Sussex Rural Community Council and the Sussex History Forum. Contact with these can encourage mutual interests and reciprocal research.
It maintains an extensive database of members' own surname research interests and another of local history and related societies. The latest database is the Sussex People Index, being built with contributions from various sources that mention Sussex individuals.
The SFHG organises day conferences and produces many useful pamphlets and booklets for the Sussex researcher. These and a number of other helpful publications can be obtained directly from the Publications Secretary or from a bookstall at most meetings.
We are a Registered Charity and all our Committee and Project workers give freely of their time and effort to promote the collection, storage and proliferation of Sussex genealogical and family history information to our members.
If you are interested in family history, why not join the Sussex Family History Group? You do not have to have Sussex ancestors, our lectures are normally on topics of general interest, and our book section contains a wide range of useful publications which while including specialist publications on Sussex also includes many more general books of Family History and Genealogy.
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