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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.
Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.
Regional Societies[edit | edit source]
- The Society was founded in 1855 ‘for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex’. Its activities include arranging lectures and conferences, publishing research on the history and archaeology of London and Middlesex, and helping to monitor the state of historic buildings and monuments in Greater London.
London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society
The London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society was formed in 2001 from an amalgamation of two former societies: the London & North Middlesex FHS (formed in 1978) and the Westminster & Central Middlesex FHS. The Society's area now comprises the City of London, the City of Westminster, and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon. We aim to bring together all those family historians with ancestors in the area or who live in the area.
The Society is publishing a series of booklets designed to help family historians locate records, whether hard copy, transcript or online, to each of the districts in its area based on which Ancient Parish the district was in. It is also republishing the Memorial Inscriptions recorded by members in the 1980s in booklet form. The journal, Metropolitan, is published four times a year and talks of a genealogical or local history nature are held at a series of branches including one which is online.
3 Lyonsdown Road
Hertfordshire EN5 1JB UK
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
33-38 Theobalds Road
Holborn, London WC1X 8PA UK
Rayners Lane Branch
Friends' Meeting House
456 Rayners Lane
Pinner, Middlesex HA5 5DT UK
Middlesex Societies[edit | edit source]
- Active local history society with regular meetings and a programme of talks; Acton Historian magazine produced twice a year. Members also produce local history publications and lead local walks.
- The objects of the Society are to stimulate interest in the history of the area by original research and fieldwork, by visits to places of interest, by the holding of meetings, by publication, and by other means
- Founded in 1955, the Enfield Archaeological Society is active in carrying out research and fieldwork in and around the London Borough of Enfield, in order to understand and preserve its history. Our main aims are to promote the practice and study of archaeology in the district; to record and preserve all finds in the borough and encourage others to allow their finds to be recorded by the Society; and to co-operate with neighbouring societies with similar aims.
Friern Barnet & District Local History Society
North Middlesex Golf Club
The Manor House
Friern Barnet Lane
London N20 0N UK
Telephone: 020 8368 8314
Website: Friern Barnet & District Local History Society
- The Society was named “Friern Barnet and District” as a reflection of its interest in not only the area covered by the former Friern Barnet Urban District Council but also the neighbouring areas of New Southgate, North Finchley, and Whetstone. Our aims are to encourage the preservation of things of local interest, to study and record local history, and to arrange lectures on topics of local and general historical interest.
Hayes & Harlington Local History Society
Botwell Green Library
Hillingdon, London UB3 2HW UK
Telephone: 07973 112683
Website: Hayes & Harlington Local History Society
- To advance public education in the local history of the Hayes and Harlington area to secure the preservation and protection of features, documents, objects and records of historic interest relating to or in the area of Hayes and Harlington.
- The objects of HADAS are the advancement of archaeological and historical research and education for the public benefit, with particular reference to the archaeology and history of the London Borough of Barnet.
Hillingdon Family History Society
Hillingdon Park Baptist Church Hall
25 Hercies Road
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB10 9LS UK
Telephone: 01753 885602
Website: Hillingdon Family History Society
- Hillingdon Family History Society was founded in 1988 and exists to promote and encourage family history, local history, and genealogy.
- The Society was originally formed to research, preserve, and promote the history of the parish of Hornsey, and from 1983 included the area covered by the parliamentary constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green.
- The Islington Archaeology & History Society is here to investigate, learn, and celebrate the heritage that is left to us.
Ruislip Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society
St Martin's Church Hall
Hillingdon, London HA4 8DG UK
Telephone: 01895 673299
Website: Ruislip Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society
- We aim to promote the conservation of Ruislip's heritage and to bring the history of this area to life.
Borough of Twickenham Local History Society
St Mary’s Church Hall
Twickenham, London TW1 3NJ UK
Telephone: 0208 737 0371
Website: Borough of Twickenham Local History Society
- The Borough of Twickenham Local History Society focuses on the history of Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington, and the Hamptons which in 1965 was incorporated into the newly established London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
- 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.
- The WLHS was formed by local enthusiasts who were interested in the history of the old Borough. The founder members had two main objectives: to ensure that the two thousand years of Willesden's history was not lost when the then new administrative Borough of Brent was born, and to seek out and record historical facts, because a community's future health is enhanced by a good knowledge of its past.