Fife Family History Society

Contact Details


Fife Family History Society was formed in 1989, has over 700 members and is still growing.The principal aim of the society is to promote the study of family history in Fife. Since the inception of the Society, we have tried to achieve this in a variety of ways.

In association with Fife Council Libraries, we have a  Family History Room in Methil Library, which holds many primary sources such as Fife Old Parish Registers and Census Returns on microfilm. Microfilm copies of local newspapers relevant to the Levenmouth area are also held, as are the IGI for Scotland and a microfiche index to the 1881 census for many Scottish counties and to the 1891 census for Fife only, and a large stock of books embracing local and family history, maps, manuscripts, family histories as well as indexes to other census returns and court records. Several CDs of genealogical interest have recently been added to the collection.

We hold regular meetings with guest speakers, featuring an interesting variety of talks, in Volunteer House in Cupar.  Meetings are also open to non-members. The syllabus is published in the Journal and on our website

Over the years we have taken part in a variety of projects, including assisting with the indexing of the 1881 census. In recent years a vast amount of work was carried out in relation to the Fife section of the National Burial Index project, under the auspices of the Association of Family History Societies. As a result, Fife Family History Society produced a CD ROM of pre-1855 Deaths in Fife, which contains over a quarter of a million entries. The CD is available for sale through the Society.

Members are asked to submit a Members' Interests form when joining the Society. Members' Interests are published in the Journal, so that members with similar interests can contact each other. It is also possible for members to place queries relating to specific lines of research in the Journal and on our discussion board on our website This is also open to non members.

The Society's Journal is produced three times a year and sent out to members.  With our updated website you can now buy a number of our publications and CDs, including indexes to Wills and Deeds, Trade Incorporation Records, Non-Conformist Baptismal Registers and Monumental Inscriptions, along with a list of interesting books.

The Fife Family History Society Web Page at offers some research aids as well as keeping members up to date with Society news. Exclusive to our members is our records section.

To our members, we also offer to transcribe certificates from New Register House in Edinburgh and the Society will endeavour to answer any queries in relation to their family history research. If more detailed research required this can be done at a cost.

Subscription fees (from 1 October - 30 September annually):

Subscriptions    UK £10    Overseas  £15

These can now be paid online through Paypal on our website.


Meeting Place

Volunteer House, 69-73 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife KY15 5AS  

Date: Second Tuesday of the months Sept, Oct, Nov, Feb, March and April 7.30pm

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