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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]
Avon Valley Archaeological Society
Ann Rose Hall
Greyfriars Community Centre
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Telephone: 02380 332844
Website: Avon Valley Archaeological Society
- Promoting archaeology in the Hampshire Avon Valley and surrounding areas of West Hampshire (particularly the New Forest), East Dorset, and South Wiltshire.
- The Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (BACAS) is an active local society, with a range of activities and interest areas. Our goal is the promotion of archaeology in all its branches. Notable excavations include those at Camerton in Somerset and Nettleton in Wiltshire.
Wesley Historical Society - Bristol
9 Styles Park
Frome, Somerset BA11 5AL UK
Website: Wesley Historical Society - Bristol
- The aims of the Society laid down in 1893 were to promote the study of the history and literature of early Methodism, research into the Wesley's, and investigation into the beginnings and development of Methodism. Area: Counties of Gloucestershire, (East) Somerset, (North) Wiltshire.
Wiltshire Societies[edit | edit source]
Alderbury & Whaddon Local History Research Group
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AR UK
Telephone: 01722 710430
Website: Alderbury & Whaddon Local History Research Group
- You maybe local and wonder what we are about, perhaps someone who intends to visit the locality whilst on holiday or one of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women and/or allied workers who passed through Amesbury during their careers, you are most warmly welcomed. Over the last decade or more, there has been a huge increase in people trying to trace their ancestors and building their family trees. You might live far away from this Wiltshire town, may be even overseas. If we can help in anyway, then please don't hesitate in contacting us. We really are a friendly Society and your enquiries/memories could well add to our history.
- Atworth History Group promotes interest in the local history and background of Atworth Village and its surroundings.
- Bemerton Local History Society is a recently established group based in Bemerton, on the western side of Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. Bemerton is now part of an expanded city of Salisbury, but it was historically a separate and thriving village community. The Local History Society is interested in exploring and researching all aspects of Bemerton's history.
- The Society was formed as the Bourne Valley Historical & Record Society in 1948 by a group of residents in the three Winterbourne villages north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, who wished to collect and preserve material documenting the area's rich history. The Society researches local history and encourages members to study the heritage of the Bourne Valley area of Wiltshire, including the villages of Allington, Boscombe, Cholderton, Gomeldon, Hurdcott, Idmiston, Newton Tony, Porton, Winterbourne Earls, Winterbourne Dauntsey and Winterbourne Gunner.
- The Association aims to provide all those curious about their local history with an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discover more about the history of Bratton and Wiltshire.
- Chiseldon Local History Group (CLHG) was founded in 1984 by a group of people brought together by their interest in the history of this area of Wiltshire and their belief that this history should be recorded for future generations.
- Projects currently being undertaken by the Society include work to record the graffiti in St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches, Codford, under the guidance of Tony Hack for the Wiltshire Digital Recording Project, its aim to help understand how the past can be interpreted through medieval graffiti.
Dilton Marsh Local History Society
Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall
Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire BA13 4DW UK
Telephone: 01373 859770
Website: Dilton Marsh Local History Society
- The Society sets out to promote interest in the history of Dinton through lectures, publications, and social events. The Society is also collecting archival material about Dinton, both originals and copies of documents held elsewhere.
- The Heritage Group was set up to promote awareness of the history and traditions of the village, and to preserve and make available documents, literature and records relating to it.
- Fovant History Interest Group consists of a small band of residents who are actively engaged in researching and recording the history of their village in south-west Wiltshire, England.
Highworth Historical Society
Highworth United Reformed Church
26 High Street
Highworth, Wiltshire SN6 7AG UK
Telephone: 01793 764811
Website: Highworth Historical Society
- The Highworth Historical Society was formed on 30th January 1972 to advance the education of the public and promote an interest in the history of Highworth and its surrounding villages. We cover all aspects of the area's history from the prehistoric to the present day and include everything from the stories of our colourful citizens to the development of our historic buildings.
- The Malmesbury History Society is a small group of people interested in researching, writing about, and sharing the history of Malmesbury and the surrounding villages.
- Marlborough History Society was formed in order to research and inform about the history of Marlborough, Wiltshire and its surrounding area. This website serves two purposes as an archive, which will grow over time and as a medium for publishing material to a wide audience.
Melksham & District Historical Association
Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6ES UK
Telephone: 01225 708142
Website: Melksham & District Historical Association
- The Melksham and District Historical Association was formed in 1962 to preserve and record for posterity the events and buildings in the town of Melksham and the surrounding area.
- Since its founding in 1972, Mere Historical Society has been encouraging the study of history in general and of Mere and district in particular.
- Quite a few people who are tracing their family roots and trying to complete their family tree, have come to us for help and we have had quite a lot of success in assisting them. If you are interested in the village history and would like to see or purchase any of the photos from the archives please email us.
- A group of passionate historians dedicated in preserving and researching the village of Purton in Wiltshire's interesting and diverse history.
Redlynch and District Local History Society
Morgan's Vale and Woodfalls Village Hall
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 2LD UK
Telephone: 01725 511583
Website: Redlynch and District Local History Society
Secondary Website: Redlynch and District Local History Society
- The Society was founded in 1996 to promote interest in local history in Redlynch and its surrounding villages. We are based in the Parish of Redlynch in Wiltshire. Our parish includes the villages of Redlynch, Lover, Morgan’s Vale, Woodfalls and Nomansland.
Rodbourne Community History Group
Even Swindon Community Centre
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2HA UK
Telephone: 01793 616558
Website: Rodbourne Community History Group
- We are committed to recording the rich history of this special community of Rodbourne and making it available to everyone. We are not just about the bricks and mortar, but the people who lived in and made Rodbourne the flourishing community it is today.
Royal Wootton Bassett Museum & Heritage Group
Royal Wootton Bassett
Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 8EN UK
Website: Royal Wootton Bassett Museum & Heritage Group
- The Swallowcliffe Society was formed in 2001 to support and promote interest in the history and natural history of our village. If anyone is researching family, or other history, related to Swallowcliffe we will use the archive to assist.
- From its very beginnings the Society has attempted to record the social history of the area as shown by the camera since the 1850's. The collection contains photographic material on many subjects including the GWR Swindon, Swindon Tramway system, Wilts & Berks Canal, Swindon in both World Wars, school groups, areas of the town including Old Town, Gorse Hill, Rodbourne, surrounding villages and much more.
Warminster Museum and History Society
Warminster Public Library
Three Horseshoes Walk
Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9BT UK
Telephone: 01985 216022
Website: Warminster Museum and History Society
- Warminster History Society was formed in 1970 with the aim of promoting and expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the history of Warminster and the surrounding villages. There is now a large collection of data available to those doing their own research, and the members of the museum staff have considerable knowledge of the historical buildings, trades, occupations and people of the town.
West Wilts Branch Historical Association
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8DY UK
Telephone: 01373 830514
Website: West Wilts Branch Historical Association
- The Westbury Heritage Society has opened the Visitor centre as a place to exhibit interesting local information and artefacts. It is run by people wanting to preserve the heritage of this lovely town.
Whiteparish Historical & Environmental Association
Memorial Centre (on the Memorial Ground)
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 2SU UK
Telephone: 01794 884537
Website: Whiteparish Historical & Environmental Association
- The Whiteparish History and Environmental Group (sometimes called the History Society) aims to help and encourage Whiteparish residents to find out about the history of our village, of nearby communities, and of our region.
Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society
41 Long Street
Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1NS UK
Telephone: 01380 727369
Website: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society
- The Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society (WANHS)runs the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes and its members are active in many different areas. By joining the Society, you will be supporting us in 'inspiring people to explore the archaeology, history and environment of Wiltshire'.
Wiltshire Family History Society
Wiltshire FHS Resource Centre
Bath Road Business Centre
Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1XA UK
Telephone: 01380 724379 (Devizes Branch Secretary)
Website: Wiltshire Family History Society
- 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. Members not only research their ancestors by name but, by using all available information, seek to build up a complete picture of the people in the setting in which they lived. Meetings are held at seven centres around the county; Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge and Westbury.
- We are here to help promote interest in all aspects of local history. Founded in 1985, the forum is an overarching body that promotes interest in all aspects of Wiltshire local history and acts as a portal through which groups can promote their activities to a wider audience.
Wiltshire Record Society
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3QN UK
Telephone: 01225 713136
Website: Wiltshire Record Society
- The Wiltshire Record Society exists to promote the publication of the documentary sources for the history of Wiltshire.
- Over the years Wroughton History Group has been involved in many different activities, such as helping on archaeological digs and surveying lost village sites as well as publishing ten books to date.