Many Catholic archives and records groups are developing online newsletters in the form of blogs or social media accounts. These can be a valuable resource for keeping up to date with new acquisitions and developments.

Going forward, as these become known, we will publish links on here. Here are some to begin with.

Southwark Diocesan Archives Blog

Catholic Archives Society Twitter

Salford Diocesan Archives Facebook




2016 Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of the Catholic Family History society will be held on the 1st October 2016 at the Priory Meeting Rooms & Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 6AF.


Maggie Loughran – Professional genealogy speaker and writer, who will speak on wills before 1538.

Dr Nick Baker – Archivist at Princethorpe College, who will speak on locating the archives of religious orders.

Further information will follow.

Irish Catholic Registers

From the 1st March 2016, all surviving Irish Catholic parish registers will be online, and fully indexed. The project has been a collaborative effort between Ancestry, and the National Library of Ireland.

More than 10 million register entries have been digitised. They will be free to access during the month of March, after which people will have to subscribe to Ancestry.

More information available from the Irish Times

Researching Catholic Family History Conference

On the 12th March at 11am, Dr Brenda Hustler will be holding a day conference with presentations on researching catholic history. The day will be invaluable for anybody interested in finding out more about their Catholic ancestors.

The conference is being hosted by the Salford Diocesan Archives at St Augustine’s, Manchester.

See attached poster for full details.Family History Conference



Index of Nuns

The Catholic Family History Society is delighted to announce the completion of the ‘Index of Nuns’ project which has been running for some years now. The index is now available to buy on CD from Genfair

This CD provides records of approximately 14,000 nuns who professed later than 1795. For each nun in the index the following facts may be available: surname and forename, her order or community, birth date and place, religious name, family place, names of her father and mother, dates and place of entry, profession, leaving, and death. The amount of information given varies and it is rare to find that all of these details are available for an

Buckinghamshire Family History Society



Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day
Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10am to 4pm
The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH.

Research facilities including our names database (over five million entries), Parish Register, People, and Places libraries. Parish Register transcripts and other research aids will be on sale. Expert advice; guest societies from around the country; local heritage groups; suppliers of data CDs, maps, software, archival materials and much more.

Admission is free, with free parking at the venue.

Further information, including a full list Bucksof organisations attending, can be found at


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