England Genealogical Societies
Description: Founded in 1980 the group is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS. If your roots are in the Airedale and Wharfedale area or further afield you will find help and encouragement in this fascinating hobby by joining the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society.
Description: The Group promotes the collection of records related to family history in the Alde Valley (Suffolk) in particular, but also from a wider area for the use of members. The Committee purchases equipment and other resources as they see fit to enable members to access family history records and databases.
Description: Barnsley Family History Society (BFHS) can assist you to research families and properties, etc., within the boundary of the town. Their aim is to help members who have connections with the Barnsley area to find out more about their family history and places where their ancestors lived.
Description: The Society was formed in 1977 to encourage the study of Family History, Genealogy and Heraldry, primarily within the County of Bedfordshire. Meetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX. Visitors or potential members are welcome.
Description: Since their foundation in 1982, they have aimed to promote Family History by education, mutual assistance, demonstrations, lectures, excursions and any other means conductive to its advancement. Membership is open to all and while they have an active programme of meetings and events locally in Bradford, we are proud to have members based across the world.
Description: Formed in 1975, the Bristol & Avon Family History Society aims to provide contacts between members by regular meetings and through a quarterly Journal to assist members with problems encountered during research work. The Society also works to promote and encourage the public study of family history, genealogy and associated interests. Like most other family history societies, the B&AFHS is run by enthusiastic volunteers.
Description: The Buckinghamshire Family History Society was formed in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history. With over 1000 members, the Society caters for those with Bucks ancestry and members researching ancestry elsewhere. There are regular meetings held in Aylesbury, Bourne End and Bletchley. Most meetings have a speaker talking about an aspect of family history.
Description: The Burntwood Family History Group is well known for its friendly atmosphere and its ability to make newcomers and non-members feel welcome. They have achieved a great deal since their foundation in 1986, most notably through the Burntwood Memorial Project, which honours local servicemen, and through their Transcription Project.
Description: Founded in 1985, they are a group of Family Historians who help each other, and the general public, with research into their ancestors. They are dedicated to ancestry, genealogy and family search in Halifax, West Yorkshire and the surrounding area.
Description: The Cambridgeshire Family History Society (CFHS) is a long established (in 1976) charity with the specific aim of supporting the family historian who wishes to research the old county of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, before its amalgamation with Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.
Description: The Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society was formed as the result of the merger in 1957 of a previous society of the same name (founded 1950) with the Cambridge University Society of Genealogists (founded 1954). Four speaker meetings are held in each of the Michaelmas and Lent terms and a ninth at the beginning of the Easter term.
Description: The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy. The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also the North West Group of Family History Societies. All their officers and officials are unpaid volunteers, helping in their spare time. They produce a large number of Publications relating to Cheshire family history.
Description: CADFHS was founded in 1989 and is based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. The Society covers the area of North East Derbyshire previously known as the Scarsdale Hundred. They aim to assist and encourage the study of Family History and promote research into genealogical material.
Description: The Society was founded in 1975 in order to further the interest in Family History Research and is run entirely by volunteers working in their spare time. Their aim is to bring together local people who share the same interest and to provide a point of contact for those members who, although not living in the area, have their roots within the modern Archdeaconry.
Description: The name Cleveland originated from an ancient district which lay entirely to the south of the River Tees and stretched as far south as Whitby on the north-east coast of England. The total area of genealogical interest is substantially larger than this County of Cleveland from which the Society originally took its name. However, they simply use Cleveland FHS.
Description: Since its beginning in 1976, the society has aimed to become a centre of excellence by encouraging Cornish family history research. This is being achieved by publishing a quarterly journal, co-ordinating the transcription and indexing of more than five million original records and maintaining a research library in Truro for members and the general public.
Description: The Society was formed in 1994 to fulfill a growing need and to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy and local history in relation to the City of Coventry and its environs. It provides help and support to a growing number of people researching their Coventry ancestors, or ancestors of those who moved to Coventry from various parts of the country.
Description: The Cumbria Family History Society was founded to help members carry out their genealogy researches and our area of interest is the modern county of Cumbria, which is the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and a part of Northern Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
Description: For over 25 years the Society has linked together people researching their family history in Derbyshire. They have built up an extensive library of documents, and have also placed a significant amount of data online, on this website. Members have full access to this.
Description: The Devon Family Historian is a quarterly journal with articles full of background information about the lives and times of Devon families and other information helping members to keep themselves well informed about developments in family history.
Description: The object of the Society is to provide a forum for members to meet and discuss the study of family history and genealogy, produce a journal regularly, arrange a programme of lectures, visits and other activities connected with subjects of interest to the Society, seek out, transcribe, index and wherever possible publish or make available material relevant to the interests of the Society and provide guidance in family history research and study to those living elsewhere whose families come from the area.
Description: Dorset FHS provides facilities at their centre where experienced and friendly volunteers are available to give one to one advice and assistance on any research questions and problems. You can either make a personal visit to Treetops Research Centre during their office open hours, or contact them by email or post.
Description: Their aim is to promote and encourage the public study of family history and genealogy with particular reference to persons living in or associated with the Eastbourne area and the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material. The society is very active with membership consistently being in excess of 180.
Description: The East of London Family History Society’s aim is to promote and encourage the public and private study of family history, genealogy, cultural heritage, heraldry and local history with particular reference to the eastern area of Greater London. The Society was formed in 1978 by a group of enthusiasts who shared an interest in family history research in the historic area to the east of the City of London.
For the past forty two years the East Surrey Family History Society has been helping members trace their family history whether they have family connections to the East Surrey area or enjoy attending events connected with family, social or local history. If you are new to family history they can help put you on the path to good research. If you are more experienced they can reinforce your knowledge with additional information or techniques.
Description: The society was formed following a public meeting held in Beverley Library in February 1977. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength with regular monthly meetings taking place in Beverley, Hull and Bridlington as well as their branch in Scarborough. Their meetings may include a speaker on some family or local history topic or could take the form of a workshop, walkabout or social event.
Description: Their aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British Family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex and to promote the preservation, and accessibility of archival material. The area covered by the ESFH is that of the old Essex county with the exception of ‘London Boroughs’.
Description: The Society was formed in January 1986 with the aims of helping researchers to increase their knowledge of genealogy and assist them in researching their own family history, assisting in the preservation of local history and genealogy records and enabling us all, by sharing knowledge, to further our awareness of what information is available and how to access it.
Description: The Fenland Family History Society was founded in 2001 to promote and encourage the study of family, local and social history with particular reference to persons having lived in, or having been associated with, the historical area now known as Fenland. Fenland comprises the former Isle of Ely, parts of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk.
Description: The Folkestone and District Family History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history in the South East Kent area. It provides advice and assistance to members with South East Kent ancestry as well as to members whose roots are elsewhere, and welcomes the beginner and the more experienced family historian alike.
Description: The Furness Family History Society is a group of people having an interest in family history (in Furness or elsewhere) and pursuing their own researches while also helping each other in the subject. The Society as a body does not (in general) act as an agency carrying out research work on behalf of any person, does not deal with modern or current family matters and is not a pressure group (except as appropriate to the function of the Society).
Description: The Gloucestershire Family History Societywas formed in 1979, as an off-shoot of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society, to promote research into Family History with particular emphasis on Gloucestershire Family History. It has over 1,200 members worldwide and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.
Description: The Hampshire Genealogical Society have been promoting and encouraging the study of family history research since their formation in 1974. Their aim is to help you trace your family’s Hampshire roots. The Society is run entirely by volunteers and is affiliated to the Family History Federation (FHF).
Description: Harrogate and District Family History Society is a small independent society which has been in existence since March 2006. Prior to this we were part of Ripon Historical Society. They promote and encourage the public study of both family and local history in the Harrogate and surrounding areas, and the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.
Description: The Hastings & Rother Family History Society help with family research. They are not only about births, marriages and deaths but also the lives our ancestors lived, the times they lived in and the places they frequented. To this end, they gather together as many resources as possible to find the people and tell those stories.
Description: The Herefordshire Family History Society helps and encourages everyone interested in Genealogy and Family History in the County and Diocese of Hereford. The Monumental Inscription Recording project is carried out during the months of April. The National Burials Index project is an on-going process of recording from the original parish registers the burials in Herefordshire.
Description: The Society was founded in 1977 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and also a registered charity with a brief to educate and inform the public about genealogy with its focus on the county of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Those who do work for the Society are all unpaid volunteers who do family history and research because they want to pass their enthusiasm to others.
Description: The Society’s aim is to learn about the history of the county of Sussex and other places of Historical interest. Monthly meetings consist of a guest speaker, refreshments and raffle. Also time to socialise and ask questions. They also arrange an outing, a society dinner and local trips throughout the year.
Description: The Huddersfield and District Family History Society was formed in 1987 and it’s aims are to promote and encourage mutual help between people interested in Family History and Genealogy. Based at its Headquarters and Research Centre at The Root Cellar in Meltham, the Society is a registered charity (No 702199).
Description: The Huntingdonshire Family History Society (HFHS) was founded in 1985 to help people to find out about their family history. The county reorganisation in 1974 saw Huntingdonshire become part of a greater Cambridgeshire. They now have a membership of over 350, the majority of whom live outside the old county. The Society aims to provide links between people interested in families of the old County of Huntingdonshire and to provide a forum for persons interested in genealogy generally.
Description: The Isle of Axholme Family History Society is a small, but very friendly society that will try and help you as much as they can while you search for those lost ancestors you have in the Isle. They have a very extensive collection of transcribed Baptism, Marriage and Death records, and also a growing number of Census transcriptions.
Description: The Isle of Wight Family History Society is for all those who want to research their ancestors. Members include people with island ancestry who live on the UK mainland or elsewhere in the world as well as those who live on the Isle of Wight but whose families came from elsewhere. The experience and knowledge of their members range from those just starting their researches to those who have over 30 or 40 years experience – one of the aims of the Society is to share the experience to help those just starting.
Description: This is the largest family history society in Kent, with over 2,000 members worldwide. Established in 1974, they have a proud history of helping and supporting our members in their family history research. Regular meetings are hosted by their branches across the county and our members keep in regular touch via their quarterly Journal and online community forum.
Description: The Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society provides many facilities for its members. They have two Research Centres, one in Oswaldtwistle and one in Chorley, both equipped with a library and computers with Internet access together with helpful volunteers to assist with your research. For those living further afield they offer a Helping Hands Service accessible by post and e-mail.
The Society was formed in 1898 and has published over 250 volumes of parish register transcriptions, either in hardback or on Compact Disk. These publications contain substantial parts of the registers of over a hundred parishes, printed fairly steadily since 1898. They include editions of more than fifty of the earliest Lancashire registers.
Description: Lancaster Family History Group was formed in 1991 when several people with the same interest in researching their family history got together. They wanted to help each other further our research in a friendly, social environment and quickly found that there were a lot of other people wanting to do exactly the same thing.
Description: The Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society (LRFHS) has 1300 members worldwide who are passionate about family history. If you are interested in family history and have connections to the English Counties of Leicestershire and Rutland membership of the LRFHS is for you.
Description: The Letchworth and District Family History Group was founded in February 1995 by an enthusiastic group of amateur family historians and have continued to grow. At present they have about 40 members, who come from Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth, Stotfold and Welwyn Garden City. They range from complete beginners to very well informed amateurs and welcome anybody with an interest in their family history.
Description: The Lincolnshire Family History Society covers Holland, Kesteven and Lindsey, the three parts of the Historic County of Lincolnshire. Founded in 1990, the Society now has around 2000 members worldwide, and in the year 2000 the LFHS leased premises in central Lincoln as a research centre.
Description: This is an active and forward-looking Society that brings together genealogists and historians with an interest in the area covered by the old Hundred of West Derby. They offer a friendly active forum, networking opportunities at their group meetings, and a quarterly journal with news, advice and excellent articles about the people, businesses and events that made Liverpool and South West Lancashire what it is today.
Description: The Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies is an umbrella organisation for the many societies that cover various areas within the pre-1974 three Ridings of Yorkshire. The aim of the Group is to provide a forum for discussion of items of common interest to all the societies and to provide a single voice on their behalf, where appropriate.
Description: LWMFHS was formed in 2001 when the London and North Middlesex FHS (previously the North Middlesex FHS) joined together with the Westminster and Central Middlesex FHS (previously the Central Middlesex FHS. For over 40 years they have been helping family historians who either have ancestors in the area or live there.
Description: They are a group of about 300 enthusiasts interested in our family history as well as that of Worcestershire. Their members are a mixture of people who are local to Malvern and Worcestershire, whose roots can be local or spread far and wide, and those further afield with family links back to this area.
Description: Midland Ancestors is the principal family history society for the counties of: Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire which surround the city of Birmingham. This includes the areas of the old counties as they existed before the major boundary changes of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the areas brought into them by those changes.
Description: The Mid Norfolk Family History Society was formed in September 1994 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.
Our local members have an interest in Family History in general but do not necessarily have genealogical links to this part of Norfolk. However, we have a large number of distant members with interests in Mid Norfolk and we aim to assist in their research by collecting and recording family history information from within an area of approximately 10 miles around Dereham. The collection of local information is growing steadily.
Description: Morley and District Family History Group was formed in 1986 by a group of family historians in Morley, West Yorkshire. The group is affiliated to the Federation of
Family History Societies, and is also an active member of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies.
Description: The Society welcomes people researching their Norfolk ancestors and family history. They currently have around 4,000 members researching their Ancestors in Norfolk, including members from as far afield as Papua New Guinea, Australia, U.S.A. and Canada. The Society’s collection of genealogical resources encompass parish register transcripts, monumental inscriptions, census returns, wills, family trees, pedigrees, photographs, Norwich birth & death returns and a wide range of published work to help trace your family’s Norfolk origins.
Description: They are a small, friendly Society, formed in November 1990. The group meet locally and provides support and encouragement to those people with an interest in family and local history in the area of North Meols, as well as trying to help with genealogical research. North Meols was an ancient parish comprising the two townships of Birkdale and North Meols (which included Churchtown, Crossens, Marshside and Banks).
Description: You can attend the monthly meetings held at each of our three branches (Bromley, Dartford and Sevenoaks), and can purchase books and listen to a wide variety of talks. All members are welcome to attend any or all of the branch meetings at no extra cost. Other advantages of membership are listed on the Home page.
Description: They were founded in 1976 and have around 650 members, mainly from the UK but also many from overseas. While they mainly concentrate on Northamptonshire, as they border some of the old counties, and many of the existing ones, the dividing line does get blurred.
Description: The Society, founded in 1975, promotes interest in family history amongst its members and the general public. They invite you to consider joining and to visit their Research Centre at Percy House with its library and search room. They have branches in Alnwick, Blyth, Belmont (Durham), Hexham, London, Newcastle, Pegswood (Morpeth), North Shields, and South Shields.
Description: Nottinghamshire Family History Society evolved in 1973 from the East Midlands Family History Society, which had formed about 1970 to cover family history interests in Nottinghamshire. The membership of the Society fluctuates but stands at the present time at approximately 1,200. The Society holds regular meetings in Nottingham where members can hear a variety of speakers, seek advice and meet other enthusiasts.
Description: The NNWFHS started life as the Nuneaton Family History Group. Because of their rapidly increasing membership and the family interests that many of their members have in North Warwickshire they expanded the area and changed their name to reflect this in April 1998. In 2009 they reviewed their working area again and included a few new parishes.
Description: The Society was founded in 1980 as a focus for local history and genealogical interests. They hold regular meetings in Ormskirk for members and visitors, and support a wide range of family history resources and expertise. Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month (excluding December when there is no meeting) and they publish three journals a year.
Description: The Oxfordshire Family History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of Family History. The Society caters for those with Oxfordshire or North Berkshire ancestry as well as those who live locally but with ancestors from elsewhere.
The Society is a Registered Charity, No. 275891.
Description: The Oxfordshire Record Society was founded in 1919. In 2019, it is celebrating one hundred years of publishing primary sources for the history of the county of Oxfordshire and raising awareness and understanding of this vital evidence of the historic county.
Description: The Society was formed in 1980 to maintain an association of those interested in the study of Family History, Genealogical Studies, Local History and Heraldry. It promotes the preservation of documents, monuments and other material of special interest to Family Historians. It aims to transcribe and index relevant documents and monumental inscriptions.
Description: The Pontefract and District Family History Society is an active group of family historians who hold regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month. The venue has wheelchair access, free car parking and refreshments are available. All members and visitors are welcome.
Description: The Rodbourne Community History Group comprises mainly local residents who attend monthly meetings at Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street, Swindon. They started out as the Rodbourne Living Story Project in 2003.
Description: The Rotherham FHS holds monthly meetings with visits and talks and provides a forum for its members to further their genealogical research. They also publish a quarterly journal and provide information on their website to relating to family history records.
Description: They are a small group based in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire. Their aim is to encourage and aid the study of Family History which extends to conducting research relating to Rugby & surrounding areas for Members resident outside the district. A comprehensive programme is arranged each year which includes a varied range of talks held monthly, interspersed with group visits to research establishments, social occasions and regular computer and project evenings.
Description: The Ryedale Family History Group was established in 2005 to help members to further their research into family and local history. Every member receives a copy of our quarterly newsletter, ‘Ryedale Roots’ which includes reports on meetings, details of forthcoming meetings and other activities, stories and anecdotes submitted by members, and lots more.
Description: They are an independent group of family history transcribers and researchers, based in St. Helens, Merseyside, UK, who have a wealth of knowledge on local and national resources available to help you further your research. The group’s aim is to research their family history whilst helping others.
Description: They are a small friendly group with an interest and passion in family history. They were formed in May 2001 from a short Workers Education Association Family History Course. They have visiting speakers, workshops and outings to enhance their knowledge. They enjoy sharing their experiences and family treasures at regular “members-led” sessions.
We finish our meetings with coffee and conversations.
Description: The society was formed over 40 years ago for the mutual benefit of people interested in the study of family and local history. They have around five hundred members scattered across the world. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or just setting out to look for your ancestors why not join their international community of members and share your research journey?
Description: The Shropshire Family History Society was founded in 1979 to provide a meeting place in Shropshire for all those interested in Family History. The Society is now a Registered Charity (No: 514014) with around two thousand members from all round the world. Membership is open to anyone interested in family history and non‑members are welcome to visit one of their meetings, for a small fee, to become familiar with their activities.
Description: The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society was founded in 1975 and helps people to research their family history, especially those with ancestors in the two counties. The Society’s Family History Centre is in Yeovil, Somerset and includes an excellent local and family history library.
Description: The Stevenage Family History Society was established in the Summer of 2003. Since 2003 the Society has grown steadily and we now have 40 regular members. Individual interests are varied, with members researching families from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Others have areas of special interest e.g. military matters, resulting in a wealth of experience that can be called on.
Description: Founded at Lowestoft in 1975, we are a group of keen amateur genealogists whose objectives are to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to Suffolk; and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material.
Description: The Sussex Family History Group was founded in 1972. It has about four thousand members in Sussex, the rest of the UK, and around the world. There are five meeting centres in the County at Brighton & Hove, Chichester, Horsham, Uckfield and Worthing; if you live in Sussex you are likely to find one fairly near to you.
Description: The Wakefield & District Family History Society was formed in 1997 by a small group of people in order to further their interest in family history. They have since grown to a membership of around 500 from around the world. Their objective of the Society is to advance public education in Family History and Genealogy for the benefit of anyone living in the area of the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council or with interests or family in that area.
Description: The Waltham Forest Family History Society was founded in 1978 to bring together and to encourage people with an interest in family history and genealogy. We are a small but friendly society that caters for all those with South West Essex ancestry who might live at a distance, and for those who live locally but whose ancestors came from elsewhere.
Description: West Middlesex Family History Society now covers a little over thirty of the ancient parishes in the west and south-west of the ancient county of Middlesex.
The principal objectives of the West Middlesex Family History Society are to promote the study of all aspects of family history and allied subjects; to encourage the practice of, and distribution of information on, family history and related subjects, by means of lectures on relevant topics and to preserve and promote access to records and any other sources of material by transcription, indexing and publication.
Description: The Society, which was founded in 1983 by a few dedicated Family History class students, has grown into an active membership in excess of two hundred. The area covered by the Society is Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding parishes, which make up North Somerset and also includes parishes from the Registration District of Axbridge.
Description: The West Surrey Family History Society (Registered Charity No: 278091) cover the ancient County of Surrey, both Rural Surrey and the Metropolitan Surrey area, i.e. those parts of the old county of Surrey which are now in Greater London. Their meetings are held in the western part of the County.
Description: The Wigan Family & Local History Society’s main object is the promotion and encouragement of research into family and local history. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Description: The Society was founded in 1981 and has a membership of around 2000 throughout the world. The Society’s aim is to encourage the study of family history, including both Wiltshire ancestry of people world-wide and world-wide ancestry of Wiltshire residents. It aims to provide contacts between members by regular meetings and through the quarterly Journal published in January, April, July and October.
Description: The Society covers not just Woolwich but also Greenwich, Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead, Eltham, Welling, Bexleyheath and Crayford. Many people have ancestors who spent a few years or a few generation in this area. Many worked at the Royal Arsenal, the Royal Dockyard or served in the Artillery.
Description: The early editions of ‘The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal’ include articles on such families many of whom made a very significant impact on the social and economic development of our county. Manorial records are also a major component of the Society’s archive collections. More recent extension of interest in personal family history meant that groups of people came together to share their experience of the intricacies of research.