40th Anniversary 1980 - 2020

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We hope this website will be of some use to you if you are researching relatives in and around Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, although the Society's records are not limited to Doncaster.

Click here to see a 1914 Doncaster Archdeaconry Map of Parishes and Townships covered by Doncaster and District Family History Society (map displays in a new window).

Society's February 2020 monthly Meeting

Sweet Memories of Doncaster by Geoff Bennett

Come along and hear all about the famous sweet factories, which were once a part of Doncaster. Do you remember Parkinson’s Royal Doncaster Butterscotch? A day at the races wasn’t complete without a packet.

Hear stories of the Radiance factory and the staff. These stories are told with the aid of many beautiful toffee tins. Once upon a time, these tins were in many a home as a button box or other storage containers. The oldest one in his collection dates back 130-140 years old.

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Changes to document ordering at The National Archives

With effect from 31 March 2020, the document ordering procedure of the National Archives will change.

Readers will be able to order a maximum of 12 documents for the same day, plus up to 12 documents ordered in advance (i.e. a maximum of 24 documents per reader per day).

The new procedure will run for an experimental 6-month period.

More details can be seen on the National Archives website

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The GRO Has Permitted Users of FreeBMD to Take Screenshots of Entries and Share Them Online

FreeBMD is one of a suite of free to use, forever, family history database - users are already free to share screenshots of FreeCEN (nineteenth-century censuses) and FreeREG (registers of baptism, marriage and burial from the Church of England and other bodies).

Pat Reynolds, Executive Director of Free UK Genealogy said “Personally, I love being able to share family history discoveries with my family on social media - I’m delighted I can now do this for the civil registration data we hold on FreeBMD”.

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Doncaster Archives Update

Latest update on Doncaster Archives and in particular the collections.

"Doncaster Archives on King Edward Road, Balby, is now closed due to preparation work for relocation. The archival collections, previously on-site at the Archives, have gone into storage outside of the Doncaster borough and as such are inaccessible. Although we cannot carry out any enquiry work from the archives records we can offer advice and assistance with your general enquiries.

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Cost of Probate Records Reduced

The cost of probate records for people who died after 1857 have been reduced from £10 to £1.50.

You can order copies of probate records on the Wills, probate and inheritance website.

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Recent Additions

  • Doncaster Ancestor Winter 2019 e-Journal
  • Doncaster Ancestor Index updated 11/11/2019
  • D&DFHS Members Interests' updated 7 November 2019
  • Aberdeen NESFHS February 2020 e-Journal
  • Glamorgan FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Lincolnshire FHS February 2020 e-Journal
  • Ryedale FHG January 2020 e-Journal

Doncaster Ancestor

Doncaster Ancestor Front Cover Doncaster Ancestor is the membership journal of the Society. It is published, quarterly, on the last Wednesday in February, May, August and November. If you would prefer to have access online to the e-Journal version of Doncaster Ancestor, rather than receive a copy via the post, please email the Membership Secretary.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Date: 26 February 2020
Talk: Sweets Memories of Doncaster
Speaker: Geoff Bennett

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Upcoming Events

  1. Mayors of Doncaster 1900-1935

    28 February @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Family Tree Live

    17 April @ 9:30 am - 18 April @ 5:00 pm
  3. Sheffield Family History Fair

    2 May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. Chesterfield Family & Local History plus Heritage Fair

    23 May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. The Family History Show, York

    20 June @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  6. D&DFHS Family & Local History Fair with Craft Stalls 2020

    3 October @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm