The Highland Family History Society


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The Society welcomes membership from interested family historians in all parts of the world. The Society has a library located within the public library at Inverness, Scotland and publishes a journal four times a year.

Membership enquiries and applications

Our membership charges, as of 1st March 2003, are:

     Ordinary           £8 UK £11 overseas
     Family            £10 UK £13 overseas
     Pensioner          £5 UK £8 overseas
     Institutional     £12 UK £15 overseas

The subscription year is September 1st to August 31st. Subscriptions are preferably submitted in pounds sterling: cheques, bank drafts or postal orders are acceptable. GenFair now also provides the service. If you try to use this service, you may have problems if you are using Netscape 7 or Opera 6. There is a specific Frequently asked questions- FAQ listing regarding subscriptions. Our address:

    Highland Family History Society, c/o Reference Room,
    Public Library, Farraline Park, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom IV1 1NH.
               Tel : +44 (0) 1463-236463, Fax: +44 (0) 1463-711128.

When sending in your application, please state the family names you are tracing, with area and periods; this information will be listed in the society's bulletin, unless you request otherwise. Please also mention that you found out about the society from this HFHS home page, provided by GENUKI, or first from the GENfair pages.

The Society's Quarterly Journal - and other publications

The Society's journal, usually 28 pages, is produced four times a year: in November, February, May and August. Each issue contains articles of interest to the Highlands of Scotland genealogist, as well as queries, a new members listing and the occasional line-drawing for illustration; a cumulative index for all previous issues is maintained. There is a specific FAQ regarding submission of material to the Quarterly Journal.

The Society's Library - and regular meetings

The Society's own library, located within the Public Library, at Farraline Park, Inverness, is presently available for use: Mondays & Fridays 9 am - 7.30 pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am - 6.30pm; Wednesdays & Saturdays 9am - 5 pm. If you bring your HFHS membership card with you, access to the upstairs FHS library is facilitated. A series of FAQs lists the services offered, and not offered, by the society.

The Society meets twice each month between September and April, usually in Inverness. The main meeting (on the fourth Tuesday) is on a topic of interest to family historians, whereas the workshop (on the second Thursday) is for both experts and beginners to get down to work and seek help and advice. Recent lectures have been given by professional genealogists and historians, councillors and enthusiasts on subjects involving local history, the Scottish Record Office, maps, oral history and emigration. All meetings are open to visitors and a past schedule shows the scope; the informal, friendly environment is very conducive to enrolling new members!

Worldwide membership

As of March 2003, membership ius - UK 603; - Mainland Europe 10; Canada - 57; USA - 38; Australia - 46; New Zealand - 25; United Arab Emirates - 1;West Indies - 1.

Questions are always coming in by e-mail: Is there a HFHS Computer special interest group (SIG)? for example. See the miscellaneous FAQ.

Comments or queries should be sent by e-mail to: John Durham, the HFHS Treasurer.

This page updated 24 March 2004 - Hugh Reekie, Ottawa, Canada - for GENUKI -