One great advantage of being a member of HFHS, is that covering such a small area, countywide projects can be planned and completed within a relatively short period of time.
The success of this Society is built on the commitment from its devoted members. When the next issue of the local Burial Index is released, for example, there will be over 192,000 entries for the county — perhaps the most for any area of similar size. And it is all due to the work of one person: Jean Pothecary Similarly transcriptions of the 1841 and ’91 census are available because of the efforts of Joan Whitwell.
The HFHS also has an unusually close relationship with local archives. Transcribers visit the local record office to copy fragile original parish registers, which are then bound and put on the shelves. The Society has also bought a net-enabled computer for the office and provided money for the purchase of archival quality boxes to house registers in the strong room.
At a glance Formed 1985
Chairman Richard Cook
Meetings Third Wednesday of every month (September to June) at 7.30pm, WI Centre, Walden Rd, Huntingdon. Library It has a small library, parts of which are made available at meetings. Projects/Free searches Members can send a SAE for searches in the Huntingdonshire Marriage, Burial and Strays indexes. Also lots of Census material. Non members can also use these look up services in return for a donation to the Society. There are lots of ongoing transcriptions and publication projects currently underway. Mike Stephenson is the general projects co-ordinator. See online for full details. Publications A full HFHS publications list appears in every journal and is available online. Titles include census, monumental inscriptions, marriage index and parish registers on fiche. There are various miscellaneous sources such as Nonconformist meetings books and Quaker births, marriages and deaths. Plus a wide selection of local interest hooks. Bookstall Organised by Caroline Keeler. Emailbo ok st a II@ huntsfhs org. uk
Website Well organised, simply designed, visit for publications lists, membership details, events, news and lots more.
Journal The Huntsman is published three times a year and sent out free to members. Contains news, local reviews, interesting articles, plus the usual members interests pages for business insurance quotes online.