• Our research centre and library is in Newcastle upon Tyne, where we have information on microfiche, on computer, and in printed form. The IGI, Scottish OPRs, etc., are available on microfiche. Our computers will give you access to FreeBMD, FamilySearch, and other family history related websites. Our Library has transcriptions, pedigrees, publications, mining and shipping information – and quite a bit of stuff that you won’t find anywhere else. We also have photocopying facilities.
  • Our own database of Northumberland & Durham Parish Records.
  • Free access to Ancestry, Find My Past and The Genealogist at our research centre.
  • Our volunteers at our research centre will be happy to show you around, help you get the most out of our facilities, and give you the benefit of their own family history knowledge if required.
  • Our research service for those who cannot get to our research centre, which includes four free look-ups per year for each member. Just contact researchcentre@ndfhs.org .
  • Our own Information Leaflets including A Beginner’s Guide, Archives & Libraries Contact Details, and A Short History & Guide to Parish Records.
  • Pedigrees and family trees donated by our members and available for you to study.
  • Our quarterly Journal packed with articles on Northumberland and Durham family history, useful information, details of our branch meetings, etc.
  • Our website www.ndfhs.org.uk where you will find details of our officers, our holdings, our publications (books, fiche, and CD-Rom) and other useful information.
  • Our on-line shop, open 24 hours a day, where you can buy our publications and those of Ancestral Indexes.
  • Our nine local branches (8 in the North East and 1 in London). Meetings are usually held once a month and most feature guest speakers.
  • Monthly online chat with other members around the world
  • The opportunity to “do your bit” and help your fellow genealogists by taking part in transcribing and checking parish registers for inclusion on our database and for eventual submission to Find My Past, the NBI, etc.
  • Our own internet mailing list at ne_ancestors@ndfhs.org.uk
  • Private Facebook group for members. Great way to learn and share and move forward in your family history research journey. After you become a member, head on over to the Private Facebook Group.
  • Our own dedicated Sales Team whom you will have the opportunity to meet at family history events around the country.
  • Conferences – where you get the chance to meet other members and hear guest speakers.

To join the Society, click on the Become a Member button at the right hand side of the screen. You can pay by debit/credit card online. If you prefer to pay by cheque, you will find an application form that you can print off and send to our research centre.


Membership is open to everyone interested in the study of Genealogy and Family History who share the aims and objectives of the society.

Membership subscriptions are paid annually. The membership year runs from January to December for members who joined before 2019. From 2019, subscription renewals are due on the anniversary of joining the Society.  The Society sends out reminders for renewal by email. There is also a reminder in the Autumn Journal for January to December members.

You may join at anytime and will receive the full complement of quarterly Journals.

A full member may apply for household membership, at a reduced rate, for one person permanently residing at the full member’s address. Only full members receive the Journal. All other society facilities and privileges are open to household members.

Special rates apply to institutions, other than those in Northumberland and Durham.

Membership rates are subject to review from time to time.

Last updated 30th October 2023