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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).

Family & Local History Fair
plus Craft Stalls

Saturday 13 October 2018, Doncaster School for the Deaf

Come and learn about how to research your family history and understand more about the development of the local area.

A number of craft stalls will also feature at the show. Get ideas about how to display your research.

More Information

    Doncaster Ancestor Autumn 2018 e-Journal

    The Doncaster Ancestor Autumn 2018 e-Journal edition is now available on the website.

    Articles include the following:

    • Uncovering the Past: St James Parish Church, Rawcliffe
    • Granddad Needham, Cantley Hall
    • Doncaster Family & Local History Fair with Crafts
    • Mother’s Little Helpers
    • Memories of 135 Doncaster Lane
    • A Puzzle of two Baptisms
    • Edith Annie Walker
    • The Clock which Never Goes
    • Obituary: Philip George Court Pleace
    • York & Sheffield Fairs
    • Society Day Trip October 2018
    • What a Discovery
    • Footpads, Kings & Highwaymen
    • Early Asylum Life
    • Family History Surgery
    • Findmypast and Living DNA Announce Partnership

    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 Summer 2018 e-Journal


    Society Publications: 2nd Update July 2018

    The latest revised and new Parish Records publications, CDs and Downloads, are as follows:

    REVISED: Adwick le Street St Lawrence Parish Records and much more

    • Baptisms 1547 to 1920
    • Burials 1547 to 1993
    • Marriages 1547 to 1940

    plus Woodlands All Saints

    • Baptisms 1911 to 1917

    NEW: Ardsley Christ Church Parish Records and more

    • Baptisms 1839 to 1930
    • Burials 1842 to 1951
    • Marriages 1842 to 1939

    General Register Office PDF Extended Pilot

    The General Register Office for England and Wales - "(GRO) has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth and death records. The pilot, originally extended to July 2018, has now been extended further to continue to assess longer term demand and there is no planned end date at this time. Further communications will be provided in due course.


    General Data Protection Regulation – Notice to Members

    The law is changing to protect your personal information. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. This means that the Society needs your permission to keep your personal data for the purpose of the administration of the Society and to continue delivering a range of services and benefits.


    Visit to West Yorkshire Archives Service

    "I have proposed a trip to the West Yorkshire Archives Service , Wakefield, on Thursday morning 4th October 2018.

    You will need to make your own way there. There are only 3 disabled car spaces. Other than that there is a car park located not too far away, or there is the train.


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Recent Additions

  • Doncaster Ancestor Autumn 2018 e-Journal
  • Members' Interests updated 5 August 2018
  • Essex SfFH August 2018 e-Journal
  • Calderdale FHS June 2018 e-Journal
  • Cheshire FHS June 2018 e-Journal
  • Barnsley FHS July 2018 e-Journal
  • Unwanted Certificates updated 11 June 2018

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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

Changes to the Website

Over the next few weeks you will notice that changes will have been made to the website. This is necessary to enable the Society to sell its publications directly from this website.

Whilst the website is being amended publications and subscriptions will still be available to purchase online at
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Website Co-ordinator.


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

Next Monthly Meeting

Date: 26 September 2018
Talk: Wills Before Solicitors
Speaker: Gary Brannan

Please note there will be no meeting August 2018.

More information

Recent Publications

- CDs
Wentworth Holy Trinity Church
CD1095_Wentworth Holy Trinity Church
Parish Registers
- Books
A Family Historian’s Great War
Postal Sales Books- Miscellaneous
Postal Sales
Sales and Services
Online Sales
including membership, go to genfair_logo

Next Course

None Scheduled
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Upcoming Events

  1. Poets of the Great War

    17 August @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  2. St Oswald’s Church Open Day

    19 August @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Family History Surgery – Palgrave Research Centre

    6 September @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Doncaster Archives: behind the scenes tours and ‘Daughters of Doncaster’ exhibition

    8 September @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Festival of the Plough 2018

    16 September @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  6. Women’s Voices of the Great War

    21 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  7. Stretford Family and Local History Fair

    22 September @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm