40th Anniversary 1980 - 2020


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).

Latest Society Publication October 2020

The Society's latest publication covers Finningley Parish, which includes the Townships of Finningley, Auckley & Blaxton. Details are as follows:

Finningley St Oswald’s church

  • Baptisms 1557 to 1900
  • Baptism Dade Register 1777 to 1812
  • Marriages 1555 to 1901
  • Burials 1557 to 1901
  • Burial Dade Register 1777 to 1812
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • World War I Memorial

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An Update on Plans for Census 2021

"It is now just under six months until the Census in England and Wales takes place on 21st March 2021.

In the light of Covid-19, we have refined our plans to ensure that everyone can provide their information safely and securely. As we continue to deliver our plans with contingencies in place, we are now in a strong position and are confident of delivering an outstanding Census in 2021.

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Ask the Federation - Family History Podcasts

A series of podcasts aimed at providing information on various family history research topics.

Now available - The 1939 Register (Wartime Domesday)

Listen now

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Ask AGRA: Family History Question Time

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, the association representing professional genealogists in England and Wales, has announced their latest development a series of podcasts to be streamed via the AGRA website – Ask AGRA – Family History Question Time.

The first series of six to be made available monthly from 1st September 2020.

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Launch of New Research Enquiry Service

The Society is pleased to announce the launch of a limited free email Research Service.

Whilst not fully compensating for the closure of our Family History HELPDESK, due to the coronavirus, the service is initially available to all in celebration of the Society’s 40th Anniversary.

For more information please go to the Research Enquiry Service page

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Update: Free Access to FMP and Ancestry From Home for Doncaster Library Customers

Update: 28 April 2020
The initial period, which was due to end on 30 April, has now been extended to the end of May 2020 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

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Members’ Area

Recent Additions – D&DFHS

  • Computer Group Snippets 26 November 2020
  • Doncaster Ancestor Autumn 2020 e-Journal
  • Doncaster Ancestor Index updated 25 September 2020
  • D&DFHS Members Interests’ updated 14 November 2020

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Recent Additions – Other Society e-Journals

  • Aberdeen NEFHS November 2020
  • Bedfordshire FHS December 2020
  • Essex SfFH August 2020
  • Birmingham and Midlands SfG&H September 2020
  • Calderdale FHS September 2020
  • City of York FHS Newsletter October 2020
  • FHS Cheshire September 2020
  • East Yorkshire FHS November 2020 (NEW)
  • Glamorgan FHS September 2020
  • HAGSOC September 2020
  • Hertfordshire FHS September 2020
  • Hillingdon FHS September 2020
  • Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies August 2020
  • Lincolnshire FHS September 2020 Newsletter
  • Manchester & Lancashire FHS No 3 2020
  • Nottinghamshire FHS October 2020
  • Ryedale FHG October 2020
  • SAG September 2020
  • Waltham Forest FHS March and September 2020
  • Yorkshire Archaeological Society FHS Summer 2020

Doncaster Ancestor

Doncaster Ancestor Front Cover Doncaster Ancestor is the membership journal of the Society. It is published, quarterly, 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.

Doncaster Ancestor Articles Index


Information about the benefits of joining the Society can be found on the Membership page.

To join or renew a subscription either:

Contact the Membership Secretary .

Online Members’ Meetings

Date: 11 December 2020
Talk: The Sand House: A Victorian Marvel (Part 2)
Speaker: Richard Bell

Registration is now open.

Upcoming Events

  1. D&DFHS Online Members’ Meeting – The Sand House: A Victorian Marvel (Part 2)

    11 December @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT
  2. Family History Show 2021 Online

    20/02/2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
  3. RootsTech Connect

    25/02/2021 - 27/02/2021
  4. The Family History Show 2021

    19/06/2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm BST

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