The natural abbreviation ‘MI’ is already in common use for Monumental Inscriptions.
It is for this reason that ‘DMI’ is used to refer to Members’ Interests.

The following notes will already be apparent to many members. However, those embarking on family history as a new venture may find them useful.

Most, if not all, Family History Societies (FHS) invite their members to submit a list of surnames that they are researching. These lists are published either in the magazine, on a CD or on a website and enable other members researching the same names to respond. In this way, members sharing a common interest can share their information.

New members are invited to submit a list of interests and all members, new and existing, to regularly update their list as their research progresses. Although members may include interests from anywhere in the world, it is likely that interests within the East Surrey area will attract more of a response.
People join a particular FHS for one of two main reasons. Either it is their local Society – that is, it serves the area in which they live or work – or it serves the area from which one or more branches of their family originates. Often, of course, the two reasons coincide.
If, therefore, you live in the East Surrey area but your great-grandparents both came from Cardiff, you may well join the ESFHS as your local Society; but you are likely also to join the local FHS to Cardiff. Although you might list your relatives’ names in the DMI for both societies, you are more likely to find a contact through the Cardiff area society. Indeed, to discover someone else in the East Surrey area who was descended from the same great-grandparents but previously unknown to you would be somewhat coincidental (and very useful, of course).

Completing the DMI update form
The form is available as a Word document (suitable for emailing or posting) or a PDF document (for posting). The most important pieces of information to go on the form are your own name and membership number. Without these your entry will not be published.
The form should be emailed or posted to the DMI coordinator, as described at the bottom of the form. Your list of interests will then be added to the database and published in the next available Journal. Annually the website will be updated to include all revisions and entries for current members and lapsed members entries will have been removed.
For minor amendments an email will suffice so long as all the necessary information is included.

Note that forenames cannot be included: if they are shown on the form they will not appear in the Journal. Variations of one letter can be included as one entry: thus DAVI(E)S can be used for either DAVIS or DAVIES, and REA(E)D can stand for either READ or REED; but variations such as JEFFREYS or JEFFRIES must appear as two entries.

Parish or Town 
In some cases a particular parish will not be known, unless it has been found from a certificate, and it is generally not necessary. Indeed, specifying a parish may mean that researchers in adjacent parishes may not respond to your interest, even though they have relevant information. However, a town or locality name must be shown. If you have no information about a locality other than the county, then put ‘All’ in this column but beware of doing this for common names such as SMITH or TURNER.

Abbreviations should be used in this column and the Chapman codes are convenient for this purpose. It is particularly important that a county is inserted following a common location name such as Newton (of which there are almost 40 variations in the British Isles). You should note that LDN refers specifically to the City of London and does not include other parts of London within the counties of Surrey and Middlesex.
One code not universally recognized is LON. This is particularly appropriate for ESFHS and is used to refer to those parts of London outside the square mile of the City. Specific places which were given as being in the county of “London” have been re-allocated to the ancient county in which they lay, Middlesex, City of London, Surrey or Kent, where “London” was given as the place then this has been left, and should be assumed to cover the whole of the Metropolitan area both north and south of the Thames, not only the City of London.

For reasons mentioned above, most interests listed will be within England and this is the default for this column. In general, the further away (geographically) you are searching the less detail need be included on the form: for interests within Scotland, Wales or Ireland (SCT, WLS, IRL) a county should be shown but a town or locality although not necessary, should be entered if known. Further afield even a county or state may not be necessary, but again should be entered if known. For many countries there is no universally accepted three letter code but it will be made clear in the preamble to the list in each issue of the Journal, which country is referred to.

Period of interest
Just what period is entered here is up to you, but our advice is that you should not be too specific. Just as entering a particular parish may exclude some interests, entering a precise date may have the same effect. For instance, entering ‘1835–1840’ may exclude other researchers who have information relating to 1833.
We suggest that you enter dates according to the century, with a qualification of ‘early’, ‘middle’ or ‘late’. Thus ‘early 18th century’ (E18c) might cover 1700–1735; M18c might refer to 1730–1770; L18c would be 1765–1800. These divisions are not intended to be precise, but should merely give a pointer to the period that you are researching. They can also be combined e.g. M18c–E19c.

Members unable to use the online DMI and checklist.
A printout of entries and a list of names being researched are available from the DMI coordinator, please include your membership number. A stamped addressed envelope (SAE) is required for any reply.

Contact details for DMI coordinator
Peter Grant, 29 Oakfield Road, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2WB (Include SAE) 
Email address: membersinterests01 @ 
These details are printed on the inside cover of the Journal.