Members Interests

On joining the Society you are invited to submit, on the form provided, a list of your family interests:

  • Surname(s) being researched
  • County and town or village
  • Time period.

This information will then be displayed on the Society's website allowing people to contact you via an e-mail or by post, (e-mail & postal addresses are not shown) the latter will be forwarded by the Membership Secretary.

Only members can enter their interests, but anyone can search the database, giving members wider coverage and a more likely response. We also take part in the members’ interest scheme run by the Family History Federation, which means that surnames entered on our website are also visible on the Federation’s national site ( The Federation website links back to ours, so providing wider circulation.

If you are already a member and want to provide your interests or want to change your existing ones go to the membership page here.


Search Help

An * indicates a mandatory field.

Using the Search

Enter the Surname in which you are interested in the "Name" box. However, you have some options with this field.

  • The surname of the family you are searching for
  • You can use wildcards "*"
  • You can enter a members membership number which will list the interests of that member
  • By clicking on "Use Sounds like" which will match the "sound" of the name

You can restrict the search to a particular county by using the Chapman Code drop down to select a county. Leave the "Chapman Code" as "--Select--" unless you particularly want to limit your search to one area.

Enter the answer to the "Security Question" then click "Search".

You will then get a list of names matching your search. If you would like to give/get further information on a name, then click on "Email" to contact a member direct.

If the member has no email address, then Members Only may click "Write" to email the Membership Secretary, who will forward the enquiry.

As is often the case with searches, it is better to start with the parameters set as wide as possible and then narrow down once you see how many results you get.

By clicking on "Print these results" just above the list of names, you can print a copy of your search results.

Repeat the above for each search/contact.

PLEASE NOTE! A member will only contact you if he / she wishes to do so.