Members’ Interests

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Members of the Society have registered the surnames they are researching, together with dates, places, etc. Contact details are made available, on request, to other members who are researching the same surname of interest.

To see if any other member is researching the same interest as you, please enter the name in the search box above.

Want to contact someone with a similar Interest?

Take a note of the Membership number of anyone with the same Surname interest(s) as you, then select ‘Interests’ from the drop-down box on the Contact Us form. Make sure that you include your Membership number, as well as the Membership number(s) noted above and the Surname(s) of Interest to you.

To respect the time given by our volunteer, a maximum of 5 contact requests can be made at any one time.

You will be emailed the contact details of those researching the same interest. These details are not made available on this web site, and details will not be supplied to anyone who does not quote their own Membership number. The response is not automatic, so please be patient with our volunteer, who may not be on-line when your request is sent.

If you are not yet a Member, please see below.

Making Contact

All the people listed have given their details so that others with similar interests may contact them. You should follow these guidelines when making contact.

If contacting by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. The idea is to exchange information. Do not expect other people to pass on the results of several years research immediately. Tell them what you already know, and what you are trying to find out. Many contacts will be dead ends, but others will be very fruitful. Many experienced members are very pleased to share their work – be sure to thank them and acknowledge sources if you subsequently use the information in your records.

Do not expect people to reply immediately. They may be away from home, or busy with other things. It may take them some time to assemble the information they want to send you.

Can I add, or update, my Interests?

Members may update their interests by completing and returning a new Members’ Interests form, available from the Members’ Area. Details will not be registered for anyone who does not quote their own Membership number.

If you are updating existing interests, please clearly indicate which record(s) should be amended or deleted if you would now have more than 12.

If you register over 12 interests, the latest over the maximum will not be added. Please note that ‘Smith[e], Smyth[e]’ would be registered as 4 interests. 1 surname in ‘Dorset / Hampshire / Wilts’ will be registered as 3 interests.

New interests will be added to the website and published in the next Journal. Minor changes, such as revised place or dates, will be updated on the website but not published in the Journal.

Interests of those who do not renew their membership will be deleted from the database.

I’m not a Member

Apply to join the Society here. Please wait until your application has been accepted and you have received your Membership number and Welcome pack. Then follow the instructions under ‘Want to contact someone with a similar Interest?’ above. A form to register your own interests will be included in your Welcome pack.

Please remember that the Society is staffed entirely by volunteers, so please don’t expect an immediate response. At busy times, particularly around the start of the membership year in October, it can take up to 3 weeks before your Membership number and Welcome pack are sent to you.