Since being established in 1980, The Metcalfe Society has aimed to encourage research into those families bearing the Metcalfe surname (and the spelling variants of it), through the interchange of information and assistance. The society is open to anyone with an interest in researching Metcalfe ancestors; not only those bearing the name.
In order to do this, outlined below is a summary of the many facilities and information services available within The Metcalfe Society. This information will help you decide whether you wish to join the society and make the most of your membership.
When you join the society, you receive a< b>Welcome Letter which provides details of your Membership Number and Password to enable you to access the various facilities The Society offers. Here’s a taster....
Over many years The Society published a journal -
the "The Mecca News" three times per year. Members were encouraged to contribute articles for publication together with ‘ requests for help. Previous editions of the "Mecca News" are available online, see index of back issues of Mecca News for content of previous editions.
We now publish the same information bi-monthly as an e-newsletter. This is the main regular communication with our members on a general basis. While we appreciate that not all members have access to online facilities, we do send out hard copies of the e-newsletter to those members who have not provided an email address - purely to keep you up to date on projects, actions, events and news from both The Society and other affiliations eg Federation of Family History Societies.
Access to Society computer-based records
The ever-growing comprehensive computer-based records are The Society’s most important and valuable assets, a summary of which is outlined below. Before members do personal research, they can check with our Archivist, as part of the research may have already been completed. Members are entitled to free searches by sending queries, together with a stamped addressed envelope by post, or alternatively via email, directly to our Archivist, (see Contacts). Non-members will only be offered a short search - 15-30 minutes for free, and then will be advised if a longer search is necessary. In this case, they will be required to pay £20 per search and 50p per page.
The following sources of information are available for members to access securely directly from our website - see the Members Room.
Also the following data are available via queries to our Archivist (see Contacts):
When you join The Metcalfe Society, we ask you to send us a summary of the information you hold about your Metcalfe line(s). Our archivist will then check that information against our vast sources and update wherever possible. Indeed, our archivist has sometimes corrected a member’s family history due to a mistake that has been made (it can so easily happen). This is because The Society not only holds such a vast amount of data, but every piece of data is supported by its source. So we are able to validate everything.
The archivist will then return to you, your ‘Birth Brief’ which outlines your full Metcalfe line as we can identify, and also notify you of the various branches you are linked to and the members to whom you are related.
Then as more information comes into The Society, if it updates your family tree, the archivist will let you know. This service on its own is worth far more than just a one year membership of The Society.
If you have any specific queries as you do your own research, you can always contact the Archivist for advice and guidance (see Contacts)
As a new member you will receive your own Birth Brief, which is also published in the next Mecca News, so that all members can see if there are any new members who are related to them. You will also receive the latest copy of The Birth Brief Booklet which outlines the Birth Briefs of previous members since The Society started, up to the current publication date.
In October 1998, after 4 years work, the society published the book "Metcalfe - History of the Clan". It is the definitive history of the Metcalfes which should adorn the shelves of any Metcalfe Family Historian. Have you got your copy? If not, why not?
The book is also a great Christmas or Birthday present for family members. Those with an interest in the Dales, Yorkshire, social history & family history in general will find this book highly appealing. The first edition of 1,000 copies sold out within a year with a reprinted second edition now being available. Members (and non-members) can buy this acclaimed book here
This event is The Society’s annual gathering, held in the autumn each year on a Saturday in the North Riding of Yorkshire, home of the Metcalfes. The Mecca Muster provides members with an opportunity to study all of our records & meet with correspondents & newly discovered relatives. Society publications & other articles are displayed for sale. Find out when the next Mecca Muster is happening and reserve your place.
The Metcalfe Society hold and have created a number of Metcalfe-related publications, general family history research publications & Metcalfe merchandise (eg pictures, coat of arms, badges) - all of which are available to purchase via mail order. A price list/order form is available online at ordered online or by contacting The Metcalfe Shop coordinator (see Contacts).
Members can become involved with and/or reap the benefits of a number of projects that are currently being coordinated by individuals and groups within The Society. Follow the links below to find about more about each of these projects :