Sussex Family History Group
Sussex Family History Group, whose remit covers the whole of Sussex, both East and West, is a tenant partner at The Keep. There is synergy between SFHG archives and other collections in The Keep, as SFHG holds important family histories. It is also very active in research: for instance, members have transcribed the memorial inscriptions in many churchyards in the area, photographing existing gravestones and plotting them on maps.
SFHG has its own room at The Keep, housing its library and research material, with a wide range of useful digitised records. The room is open on weekdays on a regular basis, and SFHG also organises advice sessions and talks outside The Keep’s opening hours.
SFHG takes individual appointments to help visitors interested in researching their family histories, whether or not they are members. Its library at The Keep can hold eight people at any one time, and when extra space is required, visitors are welcome to use The Keep’s public reading rooms. SFHG also hopes to arrange popular drop-in workshops during which expert volunteers work with participants on a one-to-one basis, giving advice to people wanting to get started on, or progress, their family history research. SFHG is able to recommend the most accurate, lesser-known, research websites, of which people starting to research their families may not be aware.
The Sussex Family History Group’s Conference takes place each spring, and it also runs an occasional Family History Fair. Discs and publications, including transcriptions of monumental inscriptions and war memorials, and indexes of Sussex marriages and parish censuses, may be purchased through its website. The Sussex People Index, Baptisms Index, and much more are available free of charge to members online, and to others via email to the project volunteer.
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sussex Family History Group, which now has nearly 4,000 members, including overseas members whose families have links to Sussex.
For further information, visit the SFHG website www.sfhg.org.uk for more details.