Family Trees Projects

There are 28 different trees currently held by the “IRS” 27 of those are listed with a brief description in the historical “IRS” Archives through the Members Area page, with a clickable button which will take you to view the tree in the Family Trees page. These will be uploaded to the Family Trees page very soon.

Relf & Variants Data Projects

Between the various members of the International Relf Society over 120,000 records of the Relf name and its variants exist. This includes all the births, marriages and deaths from 1837 to 2002, a large number of entries from the IGI and various Vital Record Index entries. At present only civil marriage records for England and Wales for the period 1837 to 1919 are held in the Relf archive. Access to the archives can be made through the Members Area page.

Relf & Variants DNA Projects

In 2009 a DNA project was started. Initially the Y-DNA of five male volunteers representing five separate RELF/RELPH/RALPH family’s. In 2019 the RELF Y-DNA project was setup  in,  (please visit the site). The project has been evolving very rapidly since then with more participants joining the project.

we are looking for males with the RELF or variant to take the Y-DNA and Ancestry test and females who has a RELF or variant in their Ancestors to take the Ancestry test to build on our data in the International RELF Society. Ancestry test can be downloaded by a RAW file and can be uploaded to the following sites, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, LivingDNA Find My Past  & GEDmatch

If you would like to take a DNA test, please contact the DNA Co-ordinator. Access to the DNA project can be made through the Members Area page.


The primary intention of the Web site is initially to spread the ‘RELF’ word and encourage new members.For those who having once visited the site – be sure to check back from time to time as the site should be updated on a regular basis.

Website designed and developed by Matthew Bell & updated by Peter H T Relph

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Are you able to visit local / regional family history research centres?
  • Do you like looking at old documents?
  • Do you have any language / writing skillls?
  • Do you like to do research?
  • Do you like being part of a team?
  • Do you have any social media experience
  • Do you have any computer technical experience?
  • Do you live outside the UK and be our International Co-ordinator?

… and most importantly …. do you have some spare time?

Zoom training can be given

The International Relf Society is currently run by a VERY small group of volunteers who find some time to help run the society and coordinate and participate in the projects. Due to age and health problems, and to help the longer term sustainability of the society, we need new volunteers who have all sorts of skills to help even you have just a couple of hours a month.

If you are interested in finding out how you can help the Society, which in turn can help you and your fellow members, please contact our Chairman (see Contacts) to have a chat about your interests to see how you can help. Such discussions are totally without any obligation, and it would be nice to hear from you too.

Our aim is to have fun whilst sharing in delivering the various projects which have the RELF & variant name, history and genealogy at its centre.