The Family and Community Historical Research Society

The Family and Community Historical Research Society (FACHRS) has its roots in an Open University course on family and community history and was founded in 1980.

It has a strong focus on social history and publishes three issues a year of both its Newsletter and an academic, peer-reviewed journal, Family and Community History. The society also holds roadshows and has a list of publications on a range of topics, including, the Swing Riots, almshouses, school logbooks, allotments, the home front in WWI, and a dictionary of occupational term used in the 1921 national census. Other benefits include members-only section of the website and access to more than 1,800 DA301 reports.

The society has run a series of research projects on various subjects, including the Swing Riots, school logbooks, the Home Front, ‘Arithmeticke’, allotments and an ongoing project on communities of Dissent. Other projects cover various occupations, including station masters, school mistresses, bank managers, Victorian rural policemen, census enumerators, governesses and gardeners.