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).

FREE: Virtual David Hey Memorial Lecture

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"We may not be able to come together for this year's Doncaster Heritage Festival, but we are pleased to be bringing you an online lecture! We hope that you enjoy this fascinating talk and we are looking forward to being able to share moments of learning and curiosity like this together again soon.

David Hey Memorial Lecture
Warenne: The Earls of Surrey and Conisbrough Castle
A talk by Sharon Bennett Connolly

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Doncaster Ancestor Summer 2020 e-Journal

The Doncaster Ancestor Summer 2020 edition is now available in the members area of the website.

Articles include the following:

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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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British History Online - FREE Access

"To 31 July 2020 we're making all transcribed British History Online content freely available for individual users. This adds 200 volumes of primary materials. As a result, BHO's full complement of 1280 volumes is now available for research."

Read more on the British History Online website.

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The Archives Card Launched

The Archives Card, created by the Archives and Records Association as a replacement for the County Archives Record Network (CARN) scheme, is a single archive reader’s ticket which gives you access to a wealth of original archive material held in archives across the UK.

You need to apply for a Card if you wish to view original documents in any of the archives participating in the scheme.

Visit the The Archives Card website for more information

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FamilySearch - Free Videos Now Available: DNA, RootsTech Keynotes, and More!

"As you spend more time at home working on your family history, we’ve collected a lot of new resources and tips to extend your family tree from the recent RootsTech conference.

Discover the latest from industry leaders surrounding DNA, plus outstanding keynote speeches and more.

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Society Publications New and Revised - March 2020 Update

The Society's Transcription Team continues to be very busy. The latest Downloads are listed below:



Loversall St Katherine

  • Baptisms 1601 to 1920
  • Burials 1601 to 1950
  • Marriages 1602 to 1940
  • Monumental Inscriptions
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The National Archives - Free Access to Digital Records

On Wednesday 22 April 2020 the National Archives announced on their website the following:

"We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors.

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Members Area

Recent Additions - D&DFHS

  • Computer Group Snippets 14 May 2020
  • Doncaster Ancestor Summer 2020 e-Journal
  • Doncaster Ancestor Index updated 16/05/2020
  • D&DFHS Members Interests' updated 5 May 2019

Recent Additions - Other Society e-Journals

  • Bedfordshire FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Birmingham and Midlands SfG&H March 2020 e-Journal
  • Calderdale FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Essex SfFH March 2020 e-Journal
  • FHS of Cheshire March 2020 e-Journal
  • Genealogical Society of Victoria March 2020 e-Journal
  • Glamorgan FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • HAGSOCS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Hertfordshire FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Hillingdon FHS March 2020 e-Journal
  • Lincolnshire FHS February 2020 e-Journal
  • Ryedale FHG April 2020 e-Journal
  • Society of Australian Genealogists March 2020 e-Journal

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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.

Doncaster Ancestor Articles Index


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

Next Monthly Meeting

Date: 30 September 2020
AGM followed by
Talk: Letters From a Faraway Laddie
Speaker: Sue McGeever

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Online Sales

including membership, go to GenFair

Postal Sales

Upcoming Events

  1. The Family History Show Online

    20 June @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  2. Chesterfield Family & Local History plus Heritage Fair

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

    3 October @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. Huddersfield & District FHS Fair

    7 November @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm