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Review: East of London Family History Society


The East of London Family History Society (EoLFHS) was created in 1978 to assist members researching historical family information for people living in the East of London in previous times.

The Society’s geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames, east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate and Bishopsgate and comprising the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge.

The EoLFHS has grown to over 3,500 members and membership is on an annual basis. The EoLFHS is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

The EoLFHS web site is nicely organized and easy to navigate and benefits from a comprehensive external Links page grouped by subject heading. External links are usefully annotated to indicate if the linked web site is searchable, the content type and if a chargeable fee is made to view content details of search results.

Members have access to an on-line Forum where they can register individual names of interest, make requests for information and contact other members by private messaging. The Forum is fully searchable by key word and members are notified automatically about replies to their posts.

The EoLFHS web site also has a comprehensive News section about the latest developments in family history research, new genealogical sources, EoLFHS Society matters and area news.

The EoLFHS produces a quarterly publication called the 'Cockney Ancestor' by and for its members. The society also has an online store that sells various publications in a variety of formats, covering a variety of subjects. The Society has four branches that hold regular meetings with family history talks by guest speakers. These meetings are open to both members and non-members.

Details of future meetings are van be obtained by contacting the EoLFHS.