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Societies and organizations that emphasize genealogy and family history may be able to provide information of value to your genealogical research. Some societies are set up on a county-wide basis; others cover a portion of a county. This section discusses only English societies, but do not overlook societies in the country your ancestors moved to.
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Many societies publish helpful journals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records, create indexes, and so on. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests. See the "[[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]" section of this outline for more information about the journals and newsletters published by English societies.
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<br> Societies and organizations that emphasize genealogy and family history may be able to provide information of value to your genealogical research. Some societies are set up on a county-wide basis; others cover a portion of a county. This section discusses only English societies, but do not overlook societies in the country your ancestors moved to.  
  
You may want to join one of these societies and support its efforts. You can normally find membership fees and the address for a society’s secretary printed in its journal, and the Family History Library also has many journals in its collection. In addition, you may find information about a society on the Internet. Many societies have Web sites that include membership information. You can locate this information through the GENUKI Web site at:
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Many societies publish helpful journals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records, create indexes, and so on. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests. See [[England Periodicals]] for more information about the journals and newsletters published by English societies.
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You may want to join one of these societies and support its efforts. You can normally find membership fees and the address for a society’s secretary printed in its journal, and the Family History Library also has many journals in its collection. In addition, you may find information about a society on the Internet. Many societies have Web sites that include membership information. You can locate this information through the GENUKI Web site at:  
  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng]
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng]
  
From the above site:
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From the above site:  
  
Click [County of your choice].
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Click [County of your choice].  
  
Click '''Societies'''.
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Click '''Societies'''.  
  
===The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) ===
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=== The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) ===
  
There are currently over 100 family history societies in England. The Federation of Family History Societies serves as the coordinating body for societies in England and elsewhere. The Federation supports and encourages genealogy and family history research among its member societies. It formerly published Family History News and Digest (see the "[[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]" section of this outline), a journal that includes the names and addresses of its member societies.
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The News & Digest has been replaced by an elecronict Magazine (ezine) and the latest version can be found by visiting the FFHS website listed below.
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There are currently over 100 family history societies in England. The Federation of Family History Societies serves as the coordinating body for societies in England and elsewhere. The Federation supports and encourages genealogy and family history research among its member societies. It formerly published Family History News and Digest (see [[England Periodicals]]), a journal that includes the names and addresses of its member societies.  
  
The contact information for The FFHS is:
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The News &amp; Digest has been replaced by an [http://www.ffhs.org.uk/ezine/intro.php elecronic Magazine] (ezine) and the latest version can be found on the FFHS website.
  
General Enquiries:  
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{{Wikipedia|Federation of Family History Societies}} The contact details for The FFHS are:  
  
All general correspondence should be sent to:
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;General Enquiries
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:All general correspondence should be sent to:<br>The Federation of Family History Societies<br>PO Box 8857<br>LUTTERWORTH<br>LE17 9BJ<br>Phone: +44 (0)1455 203133<br>[mailto:Info@FFHS.org.uk Info@FFHS.org.uk]
  
The Federation of Family History Societies
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;Ezine Editor
PO Box 8857
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:Correspondence about the Ezine should be sent to: [mailto:ezine@FFHS.org.uk ezine@FFHS.org.uk]
LUTTERWORTH
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LE17 9BJ
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Phone: +44 (0)1455 203133
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;Registered Office
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:Artillery House,<br>15 Byrom Street,<br>Manchester<br>M3 4PF
  
[mailto:Info@FFHS.org.uk Info@FFHS.org.uk
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''Please note that this address should not be used for general enquiries''
  
Ezine Editor:
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You may also access the Federation’s Internet website at:  
Correspondence about the Ezine should be sent to:
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[mailto:ezine@FFHS.org.uk ezine@FFHS.org.uk
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*http://www.ffhs.org.uk/
  
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=== [[Image:Society of Genealogists.jpg|thumb|right|Society of Genealogists.jpg]]The Society of Genealogists  ===
  
Registered Office:
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The Society of Genealogists has extensive records from all over England. They also have the largest collection of transcribed parish registers in England. The address is: {{Wikipedia|Society of Genealogists}}
Artillery House, 15 Byrom Street, Manchester M3 4PF
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[Please note that this address should not be used for general enquiries]
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:Society of Genealogists<br>14 Charterhouse Buildings<br>Goswell Road<br>London EC1M 7BA<br>England <br>Internet: http://www.sog.org.uk/
  
You may also access the Federation’s Internet website at:
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For an introduction to the library see:  
*http://www.ffhs.org.uk/
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===The Society of Genealogists===
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*''Using the Library of the Society of Genealogists''. London, England: Society of Genealogists, 1991. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|479570|title-id|disp=942.1/L1 J5u 1991}}.)
  
The Society of Genealogists has extensive records from all over England. They also have the largest collection of transcribed parish registers in England. The address is:
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The Family History Library has several other guides to this library, as well as their publications. The publications are listed in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
  
:Society of Genealogists'''<br>'''c/o Honorable Secretary<br>Box G<br>14 Charterhouse Buildings<br>Goswell Road<br>London EC1M 7BA<br>England <br>Internet: http://www.sog.org.uk/
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=author&searchCriteria=&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname=Society+of+Genealogists SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS]
  
For an introduction to the library see:
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=== Local History Societies  ===
  
*''Using the Library of the Society of Genealogists''. London, England: Society of Genealogists, 1991. (FHL book 942.1/L1 J5u 1991.)
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There are many local history socieites in England. A local history society often collects and encourages writing of histories of the people and places in their area of interest.  
  
The Family History Library has several other guides to this library, as well as their publications. The publications are listed in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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The British Association for Local History (BALH), was created in 1982 as the successor to earlier organisations which had supported the study of local history over previous decades. Its purpose is to encourage and assist the study of local history throughout Great Britain as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure activity for both individuals and groups. To achieve this the Association
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authorhitlist&columns=*,0,0&surname=Society+of+Genealogists&forename=&presurname=Society+of+Genealogists&preforename= SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS]
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*serves as a national body representing local and regional historians.
  
===Local History Societies ===
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*hosts Local History Day, an annual event open to all, with discussions, presentation of awars, AGM, and a specially commisioned lecture based on current research.
  
There are many groups organized to study and publish journals on local histories. The British Association for Local History is a coordinating organization for local history groups. They publish the following periodical, which contains scholarly articles on local history, book reviews, and notes:
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*publishes the prestigious quarterly journal ''The Local Historian ''which includes regular features on themes, sources, websites, and a copious reviews sections. The first number appeared in 1952 (FHL book 942 B2ah; films 0973337–8.) This periodical was formerly called''Amateur Historian''.
  
*''Local Historian''. Chichester, Sussex, England: The British Association for Local History, 1952–67. (FHL book 942 B2ah; films 0973337–8.) This periodical was formerly called Amateur Historian.
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*produces a quarterly members' magazine ''Local History News'' reporting on up to date developments and examples of best practice from around the country.
  
For information about this association write:
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*makes annual awards to individuals who have made a significant contribution to local history; for excellence in research and publication; and for an outstanding local history newsletter.
  
:'''British Association for Local History<br>'''Shopwyke Hall<br>Chichester, Sussex PO20 6BQ<br>England <br>Internet: http://www.balh.co.uk/lhn/article.php?file=lhn-vol1iss76-10.xml
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*organises guided visits to places of relevant interest, often not easily accessible otherwise.
  
===One-Name Groups ===
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*collaborates with other organisations to arrange conferences and similar events around the country.
  
Some organizations gather information about all individuals with a particular surname. If you are interested in such an organization, see:
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*provides a website (http://www.balh.co.uk) for information and links.
  
'''[[Guild of One-Name Studies]]'''
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*publishes specialist handbooks.
  
===Locating Records at the Family History Library ===
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The Association is an unincorporated registered charity, governed by an elective Council with three advisory committees dealing with publications, education and events. It is financed by its members. Subscriptions are for a calendar year but may be started at any time; new members receive the material already issued during the year.
  
Copies of the records compiled by these societies are described in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the society name. They are also listed in the Locality Search under:
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The Association's headquarters are located in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The postal address is PO Box 6549, Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne DE6 5WH.  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=358263&subject_disp=England+-+Societies&columns=*,0,0 ENGLAND - SOCIETIES]
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Addresses of local history societies are in the following books:  
  
ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES
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Henderson, S.P.A., and A.J.W. Henderson,ed. ''Directory of British Associations &amp; Associations in Ireland''. 13th ed. Beckenham, Kent: CBD Research Ltd., 1996. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|802139|title-id|disp=942 E4hd}}; computer number 0054630.)
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=329308&subject_disp=England+-+Genealogy&columns=*,0,0 ENGLAND - GENEALOGY]
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Pinhorn, Malcolm. ''Historical, Archaeological and Kindred Societies in the United Kingdom: A List''. Isle of Wight: Pinhorns, 1986. (Family History Library book {{FHL|265369|title-id|disp=942 C4h}} 1986; computer number 0370075.) An update to this book was published in 1995.
  
ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY
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=== One-Name Groups  ===
  
Copies of some records gathered by societies are listed in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the record type. For example, cemetery transcripts done by a local family history society are listed in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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Some organizations gather information about all individuals with a particular surname. If you are interested in such an organization, see:  
  
ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
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'''[[Guild of One-Name Studies]]'''
  
Lists and guides that describe societies’ collections are listed under the following:
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=== Locating Records at the Family History Library  ===
  
ENGLAND - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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Copies of the records compiled by these societies are described in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the society name. They are also listed in the Locality Search under:
  
ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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{{FHL|358263|subject-id|disp=ENGLAND - SOCIETIES}}
  
ENGLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY, TOWN, or PARISH] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES
  
=== Websites ===
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ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY
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Copies of some records gathered by societies are listed in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the record type. For example, cemetery transcripts done by a local family history society are listed in the&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
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Lists and guides that describe societies’ collections are listed under the following:
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ENGLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY, TOWN, or PARISH] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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=== Websites ===
  
 
*http://www.censusfinder.com/england_family_history_society.htm  
 
*http://www.censusfinder.com/england_family_history_society.htm  
 
*http://www.genuki.org.uk/Societies/England.html
 
*http://www.genuki.org.uk/Societies/England.html
  
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England Gotoarrow.png Societies


Societies and organizations that emphasize genealogy and family history may be able to provide information of value to your genealogical research. Some societies are set up on a county-wide basis; others cover a portion of a county. This section discusses only English societies, but do not overlook societies in the country your ancestors moved to.

Many societies publish helpful journals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records, create indexes, and so on. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests. See England Periodicals for more information about the journals and newsletters published by English societies.

You may want to join one of these societies and support its efforts. You can normally find membership fees and the address for a society’s secretary printed in its journal, and the Family History Library also has many journals in its collection. In addition, you may find information about a society on the Internet. Many societies have Web sites that include membership information. You can locate this information through the GENUKI Web site at:

From the above site:

Click [County of your choice].

Click Societies.

Contents

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS)

Main article: Federation of Family History Societies


There are currently over 100 family history societies in England. The Federation of Family History Societies serves as the coordinating body for societies in England and elsewhere. The Federation supports and encourages genealogy and family history research among its member societies. It formerly published Family History News and Digest (see England Periodicals), a journal that includes the names and addresses of its member societies.

The News & Digest has been replaced by an elecronic Magazine (ezine) and the latest version can be found on the FFHS website.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Federation of Family History Societies
The contact details for The FFHS are:
General Enquiries
All general correspondence should be sent to:
The Federation of Family History Societies
PO Box 8857
LUTTERWORTH
LE17 9BJ
Phone: +44 (0)1455 203133
Info@FFHS.org.uk
Ezine Editor
Correspondence about the Ezine should be sent to: ezine@FFHS.org.uk
Registered Office
Artillery House,
15 Byrom Street,
Manchester
M3 4PF

Please note that this address should not be used for general enquiries

You may also access the Federation’s Internet website at:

Society of Genealogists.jpg
The Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists has extensive records from all over England. They also have the largest collection of transcribed parish registers in England. The address is:
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Society of Genealogists
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA
England
Internet: http://www.sog.org.uk/

For an introduction to the library see:

  • Using the Library of the Society of Genealogists. London, England: Society of Genealogists, 1991. (Family History Library book 942.1/L1 J5u 1991.)

The Family History Library has several other guides to this library, as well as their publications. The publications are listed in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

Local History Societies

There are many local history socieites in England. A local history society often collects and encourages writing of histories of the people and places in their area of interest.

The British Association for Local History (BALH), was created in 1982 as the successor to earlier organisations which had supported the study of local history over previous decades. Its purpose is to encourage and assist the study of local history throughout Great Britain as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure activity for both individuals and groups. To achieve this the Association

  • serves as a national body representing local and regional historians.
  • hosts Local History Day, an annual event open to all, with discussions, presentation of awars, AGM, and a specially commisioned lecture based on current research.
  • publishes the prestigious quarterly journal The Local Historian which includes regular features on themes, sources, websites, and a copious reviews sections. The first number appeared in 1952 (FHL book 942 B2ah; films 0973337–8.) This periodical was formerly calledAmateur Historian.
  • produces a quarterly members' magazine Local History News reporting on up to date developments and examples of best practice from around the country.
  • makes annual awards to individuals who have made a significant contribution to local history; for excellence in research and publication; and for an outstanding local history newsletter.
  • organises guided visits to places of relevant interest, often not easily accessible otherwise.
  • collaborates with other organisations to arrange conferences and similar events around the country.
  • publishes specialist handbooks.

The Association is an unincorporated registered charity, governed by an elective Council with three advisory committees dealing with publications, education and events. It is financed by its members. Subscriptions are for a calendar year but may be started at any time; new members receive the material already issued during the year.

The Association's headquarters are located in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The postal address is PO Box 6549, Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne DE6 5WH.

Addresses of local history societies are in the following books:

Henderson, S.P.A., and A.J.W. Henderson,ed. Directory of British Associations & Associations in Ireland. 13th ed. Beckenham, Kent: CBD Research Ltd., 1996. (Family History Library book 942 E4hd; computer number 0054630.)

Pinhorn, Malcolm. Historical, Archaeological and Kindred Societies in the United Kingdom: A List. Isle of Wight: Pinhorns, 1986. (Family History Library book 942 C4h 1986; computer number 0370075.) An update to this book was published in 1995.

One-Name Groups

Some organizations gather information about all individuals with a particular surname. If you are interested in such an organization, see:

Guild of One-Name Studies

Locating Records at the Family History Library

Copies of the records compiled by these societies are described in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the society name. They are also listed in the Locality Search under:

ENGLAND - SOCIETIES

ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES

ENGLAND - GENEALOGY

ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY

Copies of some records gathered by societies are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the record type. For example, cemetery transcripts done by a local family history society are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES

Lists and guides that describe societies’ collections are listed under the following:

ENGLAND - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

ENGLAND, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

ENGLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY, TOWN, or PARISH] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

Websites