Family historians publishing for family historians

The Family

About Us

The Family History Partnership is a small group of family historians who are passionate about ensuring that family historians have access to publications of high quality that inform them of the huge amount of records that are available and where they can be located.

  • Bob Boyd (Chairman). Bob is a self-employed publisher and a former Chairman of the Oxfordshire Family History Society and of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) Publications Board.
  • Terry Walsh (Sales & Distribution). Terry is well known to many family historians as the former manager of the Federation of Family History Societies Publications Depot at Bury. He is a familiar face at major family history fairs and prides himself on providing a first class service to all customers, distributing books on behalf of the Partnership as a 'sole trader'.
  • Stuart Raymond (Author).Stuart has written innumerable handbooks and manuals for family and local historians. He began his career as librarian of the Yorkshire Archeological Society, and worked in various Australian libraries before he started to write. His latest books for the Family History Partnership are The Home Front 1939-1945: a guide for family historians, Death and burial records for family historians, and Trades & professions: the family historian's guide. He has also written and tutored online courses on apprentices and Seventeenth century sources for Pharos, and contributes to various genealogical journals.
  • Jane Starkie (Author/Marketing). Jane has been tracing her family history since 1968. She is a former member of the Federation of Family History Societies Executive Committee and of its Publications Board. For many years she helped on the FFHS Bookstall working alongside Terry and was latterly a member of the FFHS Publications Commissioning Group. Her book about family history for teenagers and young adults, Hw 2 *t ur Fmly Hstry, was published in August 2008.
  • Richard Ratcliffe (Author).is a well known family history speaker and a former Chairman  and Archives Liaison Officer of the Federation of Family History Societies. Until recently he was President of both the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry and the Lincolnshire Family History Society. After retiring from teaching, he worked as the Part-time Archivist at Westminster Methodist Central Hall from 2002-2009. He has written three Basic Facts booklets on Methodist Records, the Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll and Quarter Sessions Records. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and a Friend of Warwickshire County Record Office.

The Family History Partnership was formed in 2007 and has already embarked on an ambitious publishing programme but is keen to receive suggestions for new publications and draft outlines of books from prospective authors. Proposals from authors who are interested in self funding suitable publications are particularly welcome.

We believe that there should be printed information available at a reasonable price that promotes good practice in research and in writing up family histories that will be of great help to future generations.

Please tell us what you think about our web site, publications, or services. If you provide us with your contact information, we will be able to reach you in case we have any questions. Our address is:

Forthcoming Events

We will be attending the following family history events:


9 March 2019

Age UK 51 Paddock Street Wigston Leics LE18 2AN

Family Tree Live!

26 April 2019

Alexandra Palace London N22 7AY

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Latest Publications

Tracing Your Tipperary Ancestors

Tracing Your Tipperary Ancestors

This book is written by Noreen Higgins-McHugh, alocal historian and Tipperary native. It sets out the records available for family hiastory...

Tracing Your Leitrim Ancestors

Tracing Your Leitrim Ancestors

This book is a brand new and comprehensive guide for research on the families of County Leitrim Ireland. It sets out the latest records available,...

Probate Jurisdictions

Probate Jurisdictions

This updated guide to probate jurisdictions and their records is designed for the newcomer to local and family history.  Its purpose is to...

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