Societies & Clubs

Local Family History Societies & Clubs

Virtually every area of the UK has a local family history society or club.  It’s a great place to meet fellow minded people, make friends and share information.  They arrange talks and have regular meetings for members.  Membership fees are normally very modest as most of these clubs are non profit organisations or charities. Most societies will include many overseas members including many from USA, Canada and Australia and many areas of high expatriates looking to investigate their family history and build family trees.  Most memberships include added benefits for members including free literature, and some include free family history search resources, genealogical material and libraries.  Most of the websites shown below will clearly list the fees and benefits.  But if you’re not sure then contact the membership secretary before joining.

Local Family History Societies greatly help collate genealogical information in their localities and make it widely available.  Some societies help transcribe Local Parish Registers and transfer to microfiche or, more commonly now, make it available online. Many societies look for volunteer transcribers to help with this work – which is rewarding and helpful to Family History Researchers and Genealogists across the UK.  Many Family History and Genealogical Societies maintain Family History Libraries that will be available to members, often including access to local census returns, parish register records, wills, family trees and cemetry records.

If you would like your club or society listed on this page then please contact us.  Send us an email with the name of your society and your website address and we’ll add you shortly.  This section is intended for non profit organisations and charities so please do not send links to business services.  Thanks.  We’ll be updating and upgrading this section and aim to include an interactive map shortly.

London Family History Societies

SocietyLink
East Surrey Family History Societyeastsurreyfhs.org.uk
London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Societylwmfhs.org.uk
North West Kent Family History Societynwkfhs.org.uk
The East of London Family History Societyeolfhs.org.uk
The Family History Group of the London Cornish Associationlondoncornish.co.uk/the-family-history-group/
Waltham Forest Family History Societywffhs.org.uk/
West Middlesex Family History Societywest-middlesex-fhs.org.uk
West Surrey Family History Societywsfhs.co.uk

South West Family History Societies

SocietyLink
Bristol & Avon Family History Societybafhs.org.uk
Cornwall Family History Societycornwallfhs.com
Devon Family History Societydevonfhs.org.uk
Dorset Family History Societydorsetfhs.org.uk
Glamorgan Family History Societyglamfhs.org
Gloucestershire Family History Societygfhs.org.uk
Gwent Family History Society (Monmouthshire)gwentfhs.info
Hampshire Genealogical Societyhgs-online.org.uk
Isle of Wight Family History Societyisle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk
Somerset & Dorset Family History Societysdfhs.org
Weston-Super-Mare Family History Societywsmfhs.org.uk
Wiltshire Family History Societywiltshirefhs.co.uk

South East Family History Societies - Kent

SocietyLink
Ashford Kent Family History Society ashfordkentfhs.co.uk
Canterbury Branch – Kent Family History Society canterburykfhs.co.uk
Deal & District Branch – Kent Family History Society dealkfhs.org.uk
Folkestone & District Family History Society folkfhs.org.uk
North West Kent Family History Society nwkfhs.org.uk
The Kent Family History Society kfhs.org.
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Tunbridge Wells Family History Societytunwells-fhs.co.uk

South East Family History Societies - Others

SocietyLink
Hampshire Genealogical Societyhgs-familyhistory.com
Hastings and Rother Family History Society
hrfhs.org.uk
Isle of Wight Family History Societyisle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk
Sussex Family History Groupsfhg.org.uk
Sussex Military History Society

sussexmilitary.org.uk
Wiltshire Family History Societywiltshirefhs.co.uk

East of England Family History Societies

SocietyLink
Bedfordshire Family History Societybfhs.org.uk
Cambridgeshire Family History Society
cfhs.org.uk
Essex Society for Family History ((includes branches for Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Southend on Sea)esfh.org.uk
Hertfordshire Family History Societyhertsfhs.org.uk
Norfolk Family History Societynorfolkfhs.org.uk
Suffolk Family History Societysuffolkfhs.co.uk

East Midlands (including Lincolnshire)

SocietyLink
Isle of Axholme Family History Societyaxholme-fhs.org.uk
Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Societylrfhs.org.uk
Lincolnshire Family History Societylincolnshirefhs.org.uk
Northants Family History Society (Northamptonshire)northants-fhs.org
Nottinghamshire Family History Societynottsfhs.org.uk
Peterborough & District Family History Societypeterborofhs.org.uk

Midlands, West Midlands & Western Home Counties Family History Societies (inc Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire)

SocietyLink
Berkshire Family History Societyberksfhs.org.uk
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogybmsgh.org
Buckinghamshire Family History Societybucksfhs.org.uk
Coventry Family History Societycovfhs.org
Gloucestershire Family History Societygfhs.org.uk
Herefordshire Family History Societyherefordshirefhs.org.uk
Malvern (Worcestershire) Family History Societymfhs.org.uk
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Societynnwfhs.org.uk
Oxfordshire Family History Societyofhs.org.uk
Worcester Branch of the Birmingham & Midland Genealogy and Heraldryworcesterbmsgh.co.uk